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Gorillaz return with ‘Humanz’ studio album

Gorillaz - Humanz

Gorillaz, the world’s most successful virtual band, will make their highly anticipated return with a new studio album, Humanz, set for April 28th via Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Gorillaz, The Twilight Tone of D /\ P and Remi Kabaka and recorded in London, Paris, New York, Chicago and Jamaica, Humanz comes seven years on from the release of albums The Fall and Plastic Beach.

Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and 2D (vocals) are – as always – joined by a stellar line up of featured artists which includes Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis among others.

A six-minute Jamie Hewlett-directed epic animated film, featuring four Humanz tracks is now available to watch. The film features the full length “Saturnz Barz” in full with highlights of “Ascension,” “Andromeda” and “We Got The Power.” The film – Saturnz Barz (Spirit House), supported by YouTube – also affords an extraordinary cutting-edge VR video (360-3D). An interactive VR version is set to be released on Daydream in April.

The 14-track album Humanz is available on standard CD, vinyl and as a digital download, as well as a 19-track two CD Deluxe. A limited edition Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set featuring additional alternative versions of all 14 album tracks will also be available.

The Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set of the new Gorillaz album Humanz is presented across 14 individual pieces of different coloured 12″ vinyl, packaged in individually art-worked sleeves. Each piece of vinyl features an album track, backed with an exclusive alternative version. The box  also includes a 54-page, cloth-bound, foil-blocked, hardback book featuring exclusive Gorillaz artwork by Jamie Hewlett plus a download card, all housed in a bespoke 12” vinyl case. This format is expected to ship in late-summer, with a download code to be sent on album release on Friday, April 28th. 

Gorillaz will play the complete album live for fans for the first time, at a secret London location on Friday, March 24th March. This one-off show is supported by Telekom Electronic Beats. Tickets are available here.

Gorillaz will headline the recently announced, sold-out Demon Dayz Festival at Dreamland Margate on June 10th. Full details of dates scheduled for later in the year, will be announced soon.


1. Ascension feat. Vince Staples
2. Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
3. Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
4. Momentz feat. De La Soul
5. Submission feat. Danny Brown & Kelela
6. Charger feat. Grace Jones
7. Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
8. Busted and Blue
9. Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
10. Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T
11. Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz
12. She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
13. Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
14. We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth

Bonus material on Deluxe:

15. The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK
16. Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett
17. Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà
18. Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis
19. Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes

With interludes narrated by Ben Mendelsohn

Puff Daddy announces performances, Bad Boy documentary

Puff Daddy

In celebration of Sean “Diddy” Combs aka Puff Daddy premiering his Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, the music mogul announces an exclusive one-night-only performance at the screening event alongside Bad Boy Entertainment’s finest – multi-platinum award-winning artists “First Lady of Bad Boy” Faith Evans, “Queen Bee” Lil’ Kim and Mase. Following 2016’s massively successful Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, the performance will once again reunite members of the Bad Boy family for a night celebrating the storied heritage of the iconic label.

Combs will return to the home of Bad Boy Entertainment, taking the stage at New York’s historic Beacon Theatre on Thursday, April 27th as part of the documentary’s premiere at the 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T. Tickets will go on sale to the public March 21st at 10 am ET via TribecaFilm.com/Festival and Ticketmaster.

“New York is home. This is where Bad Boy began, where the movement started. There was never a question in my mind that this film would premiere right here where it all started,” says Combs. “This is the story of our family – the biggest names in hip-hop history – and what happens when we came together for the first time in two decades. There were ups and downs, a lot of hard work and sacrifice – and more than anything, you see that love that only exists in a family.”

Directed by Daniel Kaufman and produced by Live Nation Productions, the film is a raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Combs, as he tries to reunite his Bad Boy Family in the course of a frantic three week rehearsal period. As the biggest names from Bad Boy’s history prepare to celebrate the label’s 20th anniversary, the film traces the label’s emergence in Harlem and Brooklyn, follows it’s meteoric rise, explores the tragic killing of Biggie Smalls, and celebrates Bad Boy’s influence in reshaping music, fashion, marketing and culture — all while revealing the love and commitment that form the bonds between the Bad Boy family. The film culminates with the May 20th and 21st, 2016 performances at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn when iconic artists including Puff Daddy, Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas and The Lox perform hit after hit to the sold out crowd.

2016’s Bad Boy Family Reunion was met with a frenzy of fan demand when thousands took to the web to purchase tickets, effectively shutting down ticketing sites and selling out the first night in only seven minutes. The two-night event also garnered a massive amount of critical acclaim, with the New York Times describing the reunion as, “an ecstatic three-hour-plus ramble through the crossover hip-hop hits of the 1990s and 2000s,” and, “a celebration of the family tree that links Mr. Combs not just to the artist he signed and produced, but also to the rest of New York hip-hop.” Pitchfork declared the reunion, “a once-in-a-lifetime show… the throwback event of the season,” while VICE hailed the performance, “the mother of all hip-hop reunions.”


Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull announce co-headlining tour

Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias Live! With CNCO

Two of music’s most captivating live performers will share the stage this summer when multi-platinum selling and multiple Grammy Award-winning global superstars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull reunite for a co-headlining tour with CNCO as support. Adored by fans and critics alike, the celebrated duo and longtime friends start the party on Saturday, June 3rd in Chicago at the Allstate Arena, kicking off a 16-city tour exclusively produced by Live Nation.

The North American run will visit Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Toronto, as well as hometown Miami, Florida. Complete itinerary below.


Saturday, June 03 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Tuesday, June 06 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Thursday, June 08 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Friday, June 09 San Jose, CA SAP Center
Saturday, June 10 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
Wednesday, June 14 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Friday, June 16 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Saturday, June 17 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Sunday, June 18 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Thursday, June 22 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
Friday, June 23 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
Sunday, June 25 Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Center
Wednesday, June 28 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Friday, June 30 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, July 05 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Thursday, July 06 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa among BET Experience lineup

BET Experience 2017

BET Networks and AEG have announced the first wave of star-studded talent that will take the stage at the 5th annual BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola. This year’s lineup of concerts at STAPLES Center will feature some of today’s hottest artists including Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Migos, A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Bryson Tiller, Kid Cudi, Gucci Mane, Jhené Aiko, Rae Sremmurd, Jidenna, Young Thug, Desiigner, Keyshia Cole, Pusha T, THEY., H.E.R., Playboi Carti and Khalid. Additional STAPLES Center performers as well as the lineup of concerts at The Novo presented by Microsoft will be announced soon.

The four-day event will showcase the best in music and entertainment. Interactive activations and ticketed shows including a celebrity basketball game will also take place at the BET Fan Fest on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.


  • THURSDAY, June 22nd
    Kid Cudi, Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T, Desiigner, Playboi Carti
  • FRIDAY, June 23rd
    Bryson Tiller, Jhené Aiko, Keyshia Cole, Jidenna, Khalid, THEY., H.E.R.
  • SATURDAY, June 24th
    A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Young Thug
  • SUNDAY, June 25th
    BET Awards at Microsoft Theater

VIP Packages for the 5th year of the BET Experience weekend are better than ever and now on-sale. In addition to VIP amenities throughout the weekend and incredible seats for STAPLES Center shows, three levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater. Last year the in-demand VIP Packages sold out, so guests are encouraged to purchase now before the allotment is depleted. Full package amenities and pricing for the Diamond, Platinum and Gold VIP Packages can be found by visiting BETExperience.com or by calling (877) 234-8425.

General tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola will go on sale March 23rd, 2017 at 10 am (PST) via AXS.com.

All Def Digital producing ‘Definitive History of Hip Hop’

Definitive History of Hip Hop

Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital, the fastest growing platform in hip hop and urban youth culture and Emmy award winning producers Stephen David Entertainment announced today a partnership with GroupM Entertainment, a global content investment and rights management company, to develop and produce The Definitive History of Hip Hop, a sweeping documentary series that tells the exhaustive story of hip hop, from its seminal, underground roots to its now most iconic, global artists. Stephen David will Executive Produce the series, along with GME’s Richard Foster and Simmons himself. The project is in development and slated to begin production this year.

The Definitive History of Hip Hop begins in the early 1970s, chronicling the rise of the first DJs and emcees in New York City. But what started as a way for marginalized youth in New York City to escape or explain the stark realities of the inner city, rapidly spread from the East to West Coast as it evolved into a global phenomenon. Today, it is a multi-billion dollar industry and cultural force that shapes music, art, fashion, language, and all forms of entertainment from films to television and digital programming to social media.

“Hip hop began in the Bronx and Queens, and was fueled by pioneering new artists with an incredible hunger to express themselves in unimaginably bold new ways,” said Simmons. “The Definitive History of Hip Hop is the untold story of the birth of this art form – the series gets behind the scenes of what drove the beats, the rhymes, the ideas — and the people — that so powerfully hit a chord with all of youth culture in America and around the world. It starts with the OGs of this disruptive force in entertainment, spotlights some of the lesser known artists who’ve fallen out of history or favor, and of course looks at the icons who are now household names whether you’re in LA or London, Toledo or Tokyo. The music is just as important, classic and timeless today as it was 40 years ago. We’ve partnered with amazing filmmakers in Stephen David Entertainment and with GroupM, the largest media investment firm in the world, because we believe this will be a long-running, global franchise,” Simmons said. “We are going long, and deep, and plan to follow the characters and story lines, the drama, the dreams, the deaths, the disruptions, that have made our narrative one of the most compelling American stories of the last three decades. And its future is still being written today, so the story is both timeless and endless.”

Using SDE’s award-winning cinematic and storytelling style of weaving filmed scenes and classic documentary treatments, together with groundbreaking visual effects, archival footage and celebrity interviews, The Definitive History of Hip Hop tells the incredible personal stories of the pioneers of hip hop and rap, set against the larger historical context of a country in turmoil. From DJ Hollywood and Run DMC, to Dr. Dre and Jay Z, this authoritative and expansive series captures the mystique and magnetism of the personalities and music that helped transform the American mindset and, in the process, set off a global movement premised on speaking truth to power.

“The birth of hip-hop and its ascent into the American mainstream is a fascinating story, one that has tremendous historical and social importance and relevance in our society,” said Stephen David. “We really could not imagine a greater partner for this project than the founder of the movement, Russell Simmons, and the team at All Def Digital. We are privileged to be working with the man who took a musical art form and created multiple industries and a global movement in youth culture.”

“The birth of hip-hop and its ascent into the American mainstream is a fascinating story, one that has tremendous historical and social importance and relevance in our society.”

As the company behind the Emmy award-winning series, The Men Who Built America,, the Emmy-nominated The World Wars and The Making of the Mob: New York, SDE has established itself as the leading producer of hybrid-genre programs that combine traditional documentary techniques with scripted storytelling elements. “We create documentaries as if they were scripted series – we thrive on characters and story arcs.” SDE has projects at Netflix, Amazon, History Channel, and NatGeo among others.

“We at GroupM Entertainment have a track record of partnering with creative voices and producers around the world to deliver premium content to the world’s biggest networks and platforms,” said Richard Foster, CEO of GroupM Entertainment. “The dominance of hip hop in global culture is clear in so many international markets. Investing into the project and partnering with All Def and SDE is a fantastic opportunity to bring this story to a global audience. GroupM Entertainment is one of the largest financiers and co-producers of original programming in the UK and is active in over 20 global markets including the US. The company is part of WPP, the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group.

“With the break-out success of entertainment properties like Straight Outta Compton and Moonlight in film, Empire and Atlanta in television, even Hamilton on Broadway, there could not be a better time to tell this story about the embryonic days of hip hop,” said Sanjay Sharma, All Def’s Chief Executive Officer. “Hip Hop is the most listened to category of music in the US and its universal appeal is, in part, due to the fact that it has always been about speaking truth to power – nothing could be more timely than this. Aside from dominating pop culture, this thread dominates the global social and political climate as well. We want to create an immersive experience that will engage today’s youth, as well as old-school fans, with the origins of the movement through premium content, live, social and interactive, experiences, and more.”

In addition to The Definitive History of Hip Hop, All Def recently released a standup comedy special on HBO, a sketch comedy series on MTV2, the All Def Roast of Snoop Dogg and the All Def Movie Awards on Fusion, and soon will release global, premium digital series with YouTube Red and Spotify.

Festival d’été de Québec announces 50th anniversary

Festival d'été de Québec 50th Anniversary

Festival d’été de Québec has announced the highlights of its landmark 50th anniversary celebration, which coincides with the 150th anniversary of Canada. The impressively broad line-up features international and local headliners, the latest trending talents, and tomorrow’s big names for a ticket price that can’t be beat–less than $75 U.S. for the entire 11-day Festival. The 2017 edition will take place at the world heritage UNESCO site of Québec City, from July 6 – 16.

Big names will bookend the different outdoor and indoor stages, including the Bell stage, Canada’s largest and one of the biggest outdoor stages in North America. The powerhouse rock vocals of P!NK, who has sold over 40 million albums worldwide, and a hip hop night with Best Rap Album-winner Kendrick Lamar will light up the opening Festival weekend. Metallica, the legendary heavy metal band that just announced its WorldWired tour, will headline the closing weekend along with the progressive rock sounds of the English rock band Muse. In between, the return of 1990s heartthrobs the Backstreet Boys, now playing to sold-out crowds at their ten-week Larger Than Life show in Vegas; country pop from Kelsea Ballerini; DNCE, whose debut single with frontman Joe Jonas, Cake by the Ocean, was Canada’s 2016 second most-played song; the unique stylings of folk-rocker Melissa Etheridge; Trap & B hip hopper Fetty Wap featuring Monty; Australian electronic music, DJ, and record producer Flume, fresh off his first Grammy for Skin; ten-time Academy of Country Music Award-winners Lady Antebellum; the chart-topping hip-hop trio Migos, the smooth jazz/Latin music of Pink Martini performing in several languages with a dozen musicians; and the “folk popgrass” music of the Canadian band The Strumbellas. Other artist highlights feature top Canadian band the Arkells, hip hop from DJ Shadow, heavy rock punk-pop from MxPx, and electronic rock with Phantogram.

Additional artists include Amadou et Mariam, Andy Shauf, Ben L’Oncle Soul, Bobby Bazini, BROS, Dead Obies, DVBBS,Fred Fortin, Groenland, Isabelle Boulay, Jesse Royal, La Chicane, Les Cowboys Fringants, Les Trois Accords, Lisa LeBlanc, Los Lonely Boys, Matt Holubowski, Men Without Hats, Michel Fugain, Michel Louvain, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, The Barr Brothers, Bassekou Kouyaté & Amy Sacko, Tony Allen (Tribute to Art Blakey), and Yann Perreau.

Complete programming details for Festival d’été de Québec’s 50th edition will be announced shortly.

“As we look forward to marking the 50th year of Festival d’été de Québec, I couldn’t be more excited,” said General Manager Daniel Gélinas. “I’m so proud that in today’s world of business globalization, we remain one of the few major non-profit, independent Festivals in North America. Throughout our history, we’ve been able to make the music of both emerging artists international celebrities alike accessible to all. That has always been our mission, and the 50th anniversary will more than ever continue to showcase that vision.”

Passes can be purchased online at infofestival.com and by phone at 1-855-800-3347 (toll-free), with a limit of eight passes per transaction. They will also be available at the box office during the Festival, pending availability. Children up to 11 years old accompanied by an adult do not need a pass, except for Metallica. The Festival pass will be on sale on March 9th, for $95 CAN (less than $75 U.S.) at 12 p.m. EST.

Additional ticket info is available for Front Stage Gold, Silver, and Signature zones. Starting on June 6th, the Festival pass will be available for $105 CAN.


The Festival d’été de Québec is celebrating its grand 50th anniversary with an epic, retrospective exhibition of the Festival’s history and three original street performance shows with a unique French flair. These events are free.


Snoop Dogg produced film ‘Color Blind: Love’ announced

Snoop Dogg Presents October London Color Blind: Love

Premiering exclusively on Noisey, October London releases the highly anticipated short film, Color Blind: Love, executively produced by Snoop Dogg. The film follows October’s journey leaving prison, finding work through his girlfriend, played by the alluring Jasmine Hope Waite, and the pursuit of his passion as a singer. Directed by Dylan Brown, the film enlists The Doggfather, Snoop Dogg, as a slick talking music executive along with comedy legend, Mike Epps, who plays a club owner that hires October as a dishwasher eventually leading to the opportunity of a lifetime. Color Blind: Love exhibits an exceptional acting debut by October London and complements his emotionally invigorating debut EP, Color Blind: Love, available now on all DSPs.

During Oscar weekend, October London performed songs from his Color Blind: Love EP and screened the short film to a full house at the American Black Film Institute’s: Oscar Noir Gala. The ABFI gala was hosted by Shaun Robinson and honored Angela Basset, Academy Award for Best Picture Moonlight’s director Barry Jenkins, Janelle Monae, Issa Rae and Jessie T. Usher.

Having been compared to Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and The DeBarge brothers due to his impactful lyrics and silky tone, October London is a must-see at Austin’s SXSW festival this month. He quickly caught the attention of audiences for his debut single, “Black Man in America,” for its chilling and important message in today’s social construct. Since signing to Jazze Pha and Snoop Dogg’s Cadillacc Music and with his work writing and performing the theme song to Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, London is just beginning to share his multifaceted talents with the world.


Shady Records, Griselda Records partner for Westside Gunn and Conway

Westside Gun & Conway

Shady Records announces today that it has signed an exclusive deal with Buffalo, NY-based hip-hop label Griselda Records for artists Westside Gunn and Conway. In doing so, the rappers — who are also brothers — become the first out of Buffalo to sign a deal with major label distribution. Griselda was founded by Westside Gunn in 2014.

The pair got their start in the early 2000’s, with Conway steadily earning a reputation as one of the most skilled rappers in the region, while Gunn worked as his manager, eventually developing his own career as an artist and launching Griselda. Since breaking onto the scene with the label’s independently-released mixtapes and a series of SoundCloud-released music, Gunn and Conway have caught the attention of the media and fans alike, garnering respect from everyone from DJ Premier and Pete Rock, to Anderson. Paak, to Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali. A growing cult following has resulted in Griselda’s vinyl releases and label merchandise selling out in mere minutes, while murals of the two rappers and their album covers have popped up on walls in cities across the United States and in places as far-flung as Australia, France, Romania, and the U.K.

“The style and energy of Griselda Records, Gunn and Conway are infectious. We can’t wait to put them on the platform they have earned and deserve,” Eminem commented.

“We’re bringing a new sound to the game, but it’s also reminiscent of the grimey 90’s,” said Griselda founder and recording artist Westside Gunn. “Art is in everything we do…it’s the essence. We’re fusing boom-bap/dark sounds with the hipster cool kid lifestyle. A new lane is being carved.”

“We can’t wait to put them on the platform they have earned and deserve.”

Aside from their solo projects, Gunn and Conway also record together as Hall n’ Nash (paying homage to their favorite WWE tag team The Outsiders). They recently completed a soon-to-be-released project with The Alchemist, and the duo will also be releasing an album under the Shady deal. Westside Gunn’s last project was the Hitler Wears Hermes 4 mixtape, which was released in October. The 11-track project includes features from Stalley, Conway, Smoke DZA and more. Conway has been steadily releasing tracks for his Devil’s Reject mixtape series and has been heard on Shade 45’s Tony Touch and Statik Selektah shows.

Garth Brooks, Warren G announced as SXSW Keynote Speakers

Garth Brooks

South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals (March 10-19th) has announced the addition of two Keynotes and more Featured Speakers for the 2017 Conference. The Keynote lineup now includes Jigsaw Director of Research and Development Yasmin Green on Tuesday, March 14th and a conversation with country music icon Garth Brooks and Amazon Music Vice President Steve Boom on Friday, March 17th.

Previously announced SXSW Keynotes include Lee Daniels (3/12), Jennifer Doudna (3/11), Gareth Edwards (3/13), Adam Grant (3/13), Zane Lowe (3/16), Cory Richards (3/10), Nile Rodgers (3/15), Jessica Shortall (3/12), and Jill Soloway (3/11).

Featured Speakers announced include basic income pioneer Michael Faye, Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, rap legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Surgeon General of the United States Vivek Murthy, director and immersive artist Chris Milk, actor Nick Offerman, singer-songwriter Mike Posner, actress Jenny Slate, Recode co-founder Kara Swisher, Game of Thrones actresses Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, multi-platinum recording artist T.I., and more.

“This diverse, eclectic group of icons, artists, and pioneers represent the spirit of unexpected discovery that SXSW has become known for,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “I’m so excited that the new badge system will empower more of our attendees to discover even more of this great content.”

Once again showcasing the creative cross-collaboration SXSW is known for, these speakers are leaders in the tech, film, music, television, business, and journalism fields.

New for 2017, the Interactive, Film, and Music badges will now include expanded access to more of the SXSW Conference and Festivals experience. Attendees will still receive primary access to programming associated with their badge type but now also enjoy secondary entry to most other SXSW events.

SXSW Conference programming is organized into 24 Tracks divided between Interactive, Film, Music, and Convergence, presented in a variety of session formats.

Garth Brooks is an American country singer and songwriter. He is the first artist in history to receive seven Diamond awards for his albums—certified by the RIAA at over ten million album sales each—and remains the number one- selling solo artist in the U.S. Steve Boom is Vice President of Amazon Music, responsible for Amazon’s streaming music business globally, which includes Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music, in addition to Amazon’s digital download music store.

Warren G is a West Coast rapper and hip hop producer. In 1990, he formed the group 213, named after the Long Beach area code, with his friends Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg. Their discovery by Death Row Records and Dr. Dre helped elevate them to international stardom.


Hip hop artist A$AP Ferg, Billboard editorial director Mike Bruno, The Breakfast Club host Angela Yee, and C3 partner Charles Attal will discuss how technology’s rapid evolution has changed the entire music landscape: from how an artist produces and creates music, to how it’s distributed (streaming platforms) and monetized, to ultimately how a fan consumes and experiences it.

Lou Adler is a Grammy Award-winning record producer, music executive, talent manager and co-owner of the famous Roxy Theatre in LA. Paul Tollett Is the president and CEO of Goldenvoice and the co-founder of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Scott Goldman is vice president of the GRAMMY Foundation.


As original members of Prince’s band The Revolution, Andre Cymone and Dez Dickerson will share memories, recollections, and insights from their first hand experiences during the rise of the iconic and influential musician.

Darryl McDaniels is a legendary music icon. From the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone to the first to appear on MTV, Grammy nominated Run-DMC changed music, culture, fashion, and language, and made American history.

Multi-platinum pop singer and songwriter Mike Posner quietly became one of the world’s most inescapable and recognizable voices. In 2016, his second full-length album, At Night, Alone [Island Records], bowed at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 and included the triple-platinum smash “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”—which amassed over 1 billion worldwide streams.

Residente is a Puerto Rican rapper, writer, producer and founder of the alternative rap group Calle 13. He has won 24 Latin Grammy awards in total, making him the Latin artist who has won the most gold-plated gramophones.

Multi-platinum recording artist Tip “T.I.” Harris has won three Grammy Awards and has sold over 10 million albums in the US alone. He is an artist-owner of TIDAL, joining JAY Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lil Wayne and others in offering up exclusive music, videos, concerts and other content. His full length album Us Or Else: Letter To The System was released in December.

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

SXSW 2017 is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Bud Light, Capital One, McDonald’s, The Austin Chronicle, Sonicbids and Pandora.

SXSW 2017 will take place March 10-19, 2017.

Chance The Rapper, Diana Ross among ESSENCE Fest headliners

2017 ESSENCE Festival

Grammy-winning artist Chance The Rapper will join Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and others as a headliner of Time Inc.’s ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola, taking place June 30th through July 2nd in New Orleans, Louisiana.

After recently making history as the first streaming-only artist to win multiple Grammys in top categories such as Best Rap Album and Best New Artist, Chance The Rapper will make his ESSENCE Festival debut and round out the full performance lineup for the festival concert series of more than 40 acts, including new additions: No Limit Records’ Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk; BJ the Chicago Kid; Daley; Elle Varner; Emily Estefan; Gallant; Kelly Price; Leela James; and Rhonda Ross.

The full weekend concert lineup is as follows:

2017 Mainstage Artists

Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Ari Lennox, Chaka Khan, India.Arie, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, Master P, No Limit Records’ Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk, Monica, Rhonda Ross, Solange and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

2017 Superlounge Artists

BJ the Chicago Kid, Daley, Doug E. Fresh, Elle Varner, Emily Estefan, Gallant, Jhené Aiko, June’s Diary, Kelly Price, Lalah Hathaway, Leela James, Lizzo, Michel’le, Moses Sumney, PJ, Sir the Baptist, Remy Ma, Ro James, Shaggy, Teyana Taylor, The Jones Girls Featuring Shirley Jones, Tweet, Yuna

Weekend ticket packages are on sale now with prices starting at $126 at essencefestival.com.

The 2017 ESSENCE Festival is presented by Coca-Cola and sponsored by Ford, State Farm and Walmart.