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Florida Georgia Line, Nelly announce The Smooth Tour

Florida Georgia Line, Nelly & Chris Lane - The Smooth Tour 2017

Musical worlds will collide this summer as superstar Country duo Florida Georgia Line, Hip-hop Icon Nelly and breakout star Chris Lane embark on the groundbreaking, genre-busting The Smooth Tour 2017, presented by Old Camp Whiskey and sponsored by Advance Auto Parts.

Offering an unparalleled night of crossover hits, the super tour begins June 2nd in Austin, Texas, with stops nationwide in cities like San Diego, Denver and Tampa. The Smooth Tour 2017 ends with a two-night stand October 20 – 21 in Alpharetta, Georgia, just outside Atlanta, a melting pot for inventive collaborations. Tickets to 39 select shows are on sale now as part of Live Nation’s Megaticket. Live Nation is the official promoter of the tour and remaining dates go on sale beginning February 24th.

“It’s good to be back out on tour with some of our best friends, Nelly and Chris Lane,” exclaims FGL’s Brian Kelley. “If it’s any indication of our ballpark tour a couple years ago, this should be the party of the year! We are excited to see and connect with all of our fans, and make as many memories as we can.”

FGL and Nelly first collaborated on a remix of the duo’s epic 2012 debut single, “Cruise,” a Diamond-certified hit that reached No. 4 on Billboard’s all-genre Hot 100 chart. Since then, they have teamed up for numerous concert and award show appearances. Lane broke out in 2015 with his addictive GOLD-certified No. 1 debut, “Fix,” and is currently out on FGL’s 2017 Dig Your Roots Tour.

FGL’s electrifying 2017 Dig Your Roots is on the road now, selling out shows in support of their chart-topping BMLG Records Dig Your Roots album. The project has already delivered back-to-back No. 1 singles with the 2X Platinum-certified “H.O.L.Y.” – which spent an incredible 18 weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart – and Gold-certified “May We All” (featuring Tim McGraw). The duo’s third chart-rising single, “God, Your Mama, And Me,” is a knockout collaboration with Backstreet Boys. To date, the undeniable duo has notched 12 chart-topping singles.



June 2 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
June 3 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
June 15 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
June 16 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ BB&T Pavilion
June 24 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
June 25 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre


July 21 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
July 22 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium
July 23 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 27 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center


August 3 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
August 4 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
August 5 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
August 10 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
August 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
August 17 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
August 18 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theater
August 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion


September 7 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
September 8 – San Bernardino, CA @ Glen Helen Amphitheater (formerly San Manuel Amphitheater)
September 9 – San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
September 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
September 14 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre
September 15 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
September 16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 21 – Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center
September 22 – Missoula, MT @ Adams Center
September 23 – Bozeman, MT @ Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
September 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
September 30 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center


October 1 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
October 6 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
October 7 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
October 12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
October 13 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 14 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
October 19 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
October 20 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheater
October 21 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheater

‘Best of 50 Cent’ announced via UMe

Best Of 50 Cent

On March 31st, almost fifteen years after his explosive debut, UMe will release Best Of 50 Cent. This is 50 Cent’s first “Best Of” compilation, which will be issued on CD, double LP and at all digital retail outlets. It includes classic cuts from the albums Get Rich or Die Tryin’, The Massacre, Curtis, Before I Self Destruct, Music From And Inspired By Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ The Motion Picture and the In Too Deep Motion Picture Soundtrack. Best Of 50 Cent also features the non-album tracks “Get Up” and “I Get It In,” plus the bonus cut “How to Rob.” Among his many legendary collaborators included are Mobb Deep, Akon, Ne-Yo, The Madd Rapper, Nate Dogg, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and Olivia, the first woman signed to 50 Cent’s G-Unit label.

Backed and produced by Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Mike Elizondo, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was released in 2003. Its impact was immediate and undeniable, thanks to tracks like “21 Questions” (featuring Nate Dogg), “P.I.M.P.,” and the ubiquitous banger, “In Da Club.” Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and its combination of gangster grit and dark wit went on to sell over 12 million copies and topped the charts for nine weeks. The album has since been ranked as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s top 50 albums of the (00s) decade.

50 Cent’s 2005 sophomore album, The Massacre, sold almost five million units, debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap Album. Once again co-produced by the winning trio Dr. Dre, Eminem and Mike Elizondo, as well as Hi-Tek and Scott Storch, The Massacre yielded the hits “Disco Inferno,” “Candy Shop” (featuring Olivia), “Just a Lil Bit” and “Outta Control” (featuring Mobb Deep), with “Candy Shop” hitting No. 1 and “Outta Control” peaking at No. 6 in the U.S. That same year, 50 Cent made his acting debut in the semi-autobiographical movie Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Its soundtrack produced the hits “Hustler’s Ambition,” “Best Friend” (with Olivia)” and “Window Shopper,” all featured on this compilation.

In 2007, 50 Cent’s third album Curtis debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and featured the singles “Ayo Technology” (featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland), “Straight to the Bank,” “I Get Money” and “I’ll Still Kill” (featuring Akon), all included here. The hits “Baby by Me” (featuring Ne-Yo), from 2009’s Before I Self Destruct, “Get Up” and “I Get It In” (both non-album singles) are also included on Best Of 50 Cent.

Closing with Fifty’s debut single “How to Rob” (featuring The Madd Rapper) from the In Too Deep Motion Picture Soundtrack, Best Of 50 Cent is a career-spanning chronicle of one of music’s most compelling and influential rap artists, 50 Cent.

CD | 2 LP

1. In Da Club
2. 21 Questions (Feat. Nate Dogg)
3. P.I.M.P.
4. Disco Inferno
5. Candy Shop (Feat. Olivia)
6. Just a Lil Bit
7. Outta Control (Remix) (Feat. Mobb Deep)
8. Hustler’s Ambition
9. Best Friend (Remix) (Feat. Olivia)
10. Window Shopper
11. Ayo Technology (Feat. Justin Timberlake and Timbaland)
12. I Get Money
13. Straight to the Bank
14. I’ll Still Kill (Feat. Akon)
15. Get Up
16. I Get It In
17. Baby by Me (Feat. Ne-Yo)
18. How to Rob (Feat. The Madd Rapper) (BONUS TRACK)

* Release date for the LP is subject to change.

Chris Brown, 50 Cent announce The Party Tour

Chris Brown & 50 Cent - The Party Tour

Celebrating some of the biggest names in music today, Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling, singer-songwriter, Chris Brown, along with his special guest, award-winning, multi-platinum, record-breaking artist 50 Cent, bring the Party to cities across North America this summer with The Party Tour. Produced by Live Nation, The Party Tour features Fabolous,O.T. Genasis, and Kap G for 33 nights of soul-baring performances, and an all-star set for a more than two hour powerhouse show each night.

Brown kicks off the party as his friends join him throughout the night – the party begins when the show begins! Fans are urged to get there on time each night to be part of this historical movement! The anthem of the night was teased in Brown’s current single “Party” ft. Gucci Mane, Usher.

The Party Tour begins a seven-week run on Friday, March 31st in Baltimore, with stops in Boston, Detroit, New Orleans, Miami, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Phoenix, Las Vegas and more, culminating on Tuesday, May 23rd in Los Angeles.

The Party Tour will launch an exclusive fan club pre-sale beginning Wednesday, February 22nd at 10 am local time, through Friday, February 24th at 10 pm. Exclusive VIP packages available at VIPnation.com. General on sale begins Saturday, February 25th at 10 am local time through Ticketmaster.

A Citi cardmember pre-sale begins Wednesday, February 22nd at 12 pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program.


Fri Mar 31

Baltimore, MD             

Royal Farms Arena

Sat Apr 01

Newark, NJ                

Prudential Center

Sun Apr 02

Boston, MA                

TD Garden

Tue Apr 04

Charlotte, NC            

Spectrum Center

Thu Apr 06

Cleveland, OH          

Quicken Loans Arena

Fri Apr 07

Detroit, MI                 

The Palace at Auburn Hills

Sun Apr 09

St. Paul, MN              

Xcel Energy Center

Mon Apr 10

Lincoln, NE                

Pinnacle Bank Arena

Tue Apr 11

Kansas City, MO       

Sprint Center

Thu Apr 13

New Orleans, LA       

Smoothie King Center

Sat Apr 15

Miami, FL                  

American Airlines Arena

Sun Apr 16

Tampa, FL                 

Amalie Arena

Tue Apr 18

Jacksonville, FL        

Veterans Memorial Arena

Thu Apr 20

Hampton, VA           

Hampton Coliseum

Fri Apr 21

Washington, DC     

Verizon Center

Sat Apr 22

Philadelphia, PA     

Wells Fargo Center

Mon Apr 24

Brooklyn, NY          

Barclays Center

Fri Apr 28

Rosemont, IL         

Allstate Arena

Sat Apr 29

Columbus, OH         

Schottenstein Center

Sun Apr 30

Nashville, TN          

Bridgestone Arena

Tue May 02

Atlanta, GA             

Philips Arena

Thu May 04

Houston, TX            

Toyota Center

Sat May 06

Dallas, TX                

American Airlines Center

Mon May 08

Denver, CO             

Pepsi Center

Wed May 10

Portland, OR           

Moda Center

Thu May 11

Seattle, WA             


Sat May 13

Sacramento, CA      

Golden 1 Center

Mon May 15

Phoenix, AZ             

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Tue May 16

Anaheim, CA           

Honda Center

Thu May 18

San Jose, CA          

SAP Center

Fri May 19

San Diego, CA        

Viejas Arena @ Aztec Bowl

Sat May 20

Las Vegas, NV          

MGM Grand Garden Arena

Tue May 23

Los Angeles, CA      

The Forum

10th Annual Roots Picnic features Pharrell, Lil Wayne, more

10th Annual Roots Picnic

The legendary Roots crew announces that their annual Roots Picnic is returning to Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, June 3rd. The acclaimed festival, now celebrating its tenth year, will feature an eclectic lineup with performances by: Pharrell & The Roots (joint headline set), Lil Wayne, Solange, 21 Savage, Kimbra, Gilles Peterson and more (full line up below).

“Ten years ago this started as a concept, an idea, a conversation between me, Tarik (Black Thought), Ahmir (Questlove) and Rich (Nichols),” says Shawn Gee, Roots longtime manager and partner in Maverick Management.”It’s amazing that it has grown into such a valued piece of the cultural landscape of our hometown of Philadelphia. We were blessed to expand the Picnic to NYC last year, and the brand will continue to grow and evolve, but Philly will ALWAYS be the home, the birthplace of the Roots Picnic. We are super excited to bring a packed lineup to celebrate our 10th anniversary, and as always there will be plenty of surprises and special guests.”

The Roots Picnic annually includes some of music’s biggest and hottest names that kicks off the summer festival season. Last year’s bill featured the likes of Usher, Future and Leon Bridges with a surprise performance by hometown hero Will Smith (with his daughter Willow). Over the last decade, the celebrated festival institution has featured artists such as The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky,Migos, The Black Keys, John Legend, Janelle Monae, TV on the Radio, Nas,Vampire Weekend, Kid Cudi, Public Enemy, Gnarls Barkley, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Gary Clark Jr., Rakim and many more.


  • Pharrell & The Roots
  • Lil Wayne
  • Solange
  • 21 Savage
  • Kimbra
  • Black Thought & J Period Live Mixtape Featuring Fat Joe Mobb Deep Scott Storch
  • Thundercat
  • Virgil Abloh
  • Pete Rock
  • A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
  • James Vincent McMorrow
  • NoName
  • Gilles Peterson Featuring Mc Earl Zinger
  • Khalid
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • DJ Spinna
  • PNB Rock
  • Tunji Ige
  • Anthony Somebody
  • DJ N.O.C.

Tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Outlets, Live Nation Box Office or by-phone at 800-745-3000.

Interscope signs East Atlanta rapper J.I.D.


East Atlanta rapper J.I.D has signed with J. Cole’s Dreamville Records and Interscope Records, which released his official debut single “Never” in December. A video for “Never” is now out.

“I wrote the song at a point in my life when I had nothing and when my future seemed uncertain,” J.I.D. states. “Throughout it all I had was my family and great people around me who allowed me to pen my pain and take a chance on pursuing my dreams”.

A member of the Spillage Village collective with EarthGang, producer Hollywood JB, Jordan Bryant, and DJ DarkKnight, J.I.D released a mixtape, DiCaprio, in 2015.

“I wrote the song at a point in my life when I had nothing and when my future seemed uncertain.”

The 25-year-old’s big break came through establishing a relationship with J.Cole’s childhood friend Cedric whom he met while accompanying EarthGang and performing with his Spillage Village members on the These Days Tour with TDE member Ab-Soul and fellow Dreamville signee Bas. J.I.D would send music to Cedric who would then play it for Cole and the Dreamville team on the Forest Hill Drive tour. J.I.D eventually met and developed a relationship with J. Cole which led to him being signed to the North Carolina rapper’s imprint Dreamville.

The next set of stories J.I.D will be telling are on his forthcoming project The Never Story. “Growing up as the youngest of seven siblings just sucked but there are a lot of valuable lessons that can be learned from watching the mistakes of others and seeing them grow,“ he says. “It’s not always about the end results but about the journey along the way.”

Pitbull announces new ‘Climate Change’ street date

Pitbull - Climate Change

The album will feature his new single “Options”

Pitbull has announced that his tenth studio album, Climate Change, will now be released on March 17th. The album was pushed back from last year and will be released via Mr. 305/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records.

GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum international icon, who received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, also announces that his new single “Options” featuring Stephen Marley will be available everywhere Friday, February 17th.

“Ten albums, ten times around the world, it’s been an honor,” said Pitbull. “I appreciate and thank the fans for making it possible. See you in 2017. Dale!”

Climate Change will also include “Greenlight” featuring Flo Rida & LunchMoney Lewis and “Messin’ Around” featuring Enrique Iglesias.

Faith Evans, Notorious BIG collaboration album detailed

Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. - The King & I

Twenty years after The Notorious B.I.G.’s unsolved murder, Faith Evans has compiled The King & I, a new album that tells the story of their life together. The album’s 25 tracks feature newly recorded vocals by Evans melded with vocals by Biggie Smalls, some well-known but also a selection of rare and unheard rhymes from the B.I.G. vault.

The King & I includes an impressive list of guest appearances by rap royalty including Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Lil’ Cease, Lil’ Kim, Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Snoop Dogg. Evans has also brought on some of the most acclaimed producers in hip-hop, many of which produced some of B.I.G.’s most famous tracks, including DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Salaam Remi, Stevie J, and Chucky Thompson.

“I remember telling Ms. Wallace years ago that one day it would be really dope if I could do something similar to Natalie & Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable,” says Evans. “Knowing the love that B.I.G. had for Tyanna & Ceejay, I feel it’s my duty to uphold & extend his legacy, especially his musical contributions. This project is my creative reflection of the love we had & the bond we will always have. I’m elated to share this musical journey with our fans!”

The King & I will be released on May 19th – just two days before Biggie’s birthday. The album will be available on CD, digital download and streaming from Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment. The King & I will also be available on vinyl as a 2 LP set on June 9th.

The album’s first two singles are: “NYC,” Evans’ love letter to New York featuring Jadakiss, and “When We Party,” the West Coast party anthem featuring Snoop Dogg. Both are available now for digital download and streaming.

In addition to the constellation of stars who appear on The King & I, there is one other very special guest: Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace. Her voice is featured, along with those of Evans and Biggie, on multiple interludes that provide a poignant narration of the album. Other guest stars adding harmonies to the interludes include 112, Kevin McCall, Chyna Tahjere, and Jamal “Gravy” Woolard, who famously portrayed B.I.G. in the 2009 film Notorious.


1. A Billion
2. Legacy
3. Beautiful (Interlude)
4. Can’t Get Enough
5. Don’t Test Me
6. Big/Faye (Interlude) [featuring Jamal Woolard]
7. Tryna Get By
8. The Reason
9. I Don’t Want It (featuring Lil’ Cease)
10. I Got Married (Interlude) [featuring Mama Wallace]
11. Wife Commandments
12. We Just Clicked (Interlude) [featuring Mama Wallace]
13. A Little Romance
14. The Baddest (Interlude)
15. Fool For You
16. Crazy (Interlude) [featuring 112 & Mama Wallace]
17. Got Me Twisted
18. When We Party (featuring Snoop Dogg)
19. Somebody Knows (featuring. Busta Rhymes)
20. Take Me There (featuring Sheek Louch & Styles P)
21. One In The Same
22. I Wish (Interlude) [featuring Kevin McCall & Chyna Tahjere]
23. Lovin You For Life (featuring Lil’ Kim)
24. NYC (feat. Jadakiss)
25. It Was Worth It

Lionsgate to distribute ‘All Eyez On Me’ Tupac biopic

Tupac Shakur

The film opens nationwide June 16th

Lionsgate and Morgan Creek Entertainment have announced that Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label will distribute All Eyez On Me, the biopic on Tupac Shakur, in the U.S. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters nationwide on June 16th on what would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday.

The film chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records and his imprisonment. Against insurmountable odds, Shakur rose to become a cultural icon whose career and persona both continue to grow long after his passing.

All Eyez On Me is produced by Morgan Creek’s James G. Robinson and David Robinson along with Program Pictures’ LT Hutton. The film is directed by Benny Boom and stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. in the role of Tupac Shakur; Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Afeni Shakur; Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as Jada Pinkett; Dominic Santana (Mr. Right) as Suge Knight; Jamal Woolard (Notorious) as Biggie Smalls; Keith Robinson (Dreamgirls) as Atron Gregory; Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) as Leila Steinberg; and Hill Harper (CSI:NY) as the journalist.

Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide; of which his album All Eyez On Me sold over ten million copies. On April 7th, Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The deal was negotiated for Morgan Creek by David Robinson, President; and Jessica VanderYacht; David Nochimson of Ziffren Brittenham; and Glen Mastroberte of Latham & Watkins. For Lionsgate, the deal was negotiated by Jason Constantine, President, Acquisitions & Co-Productions; Eda Kowan, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Co-Productions; John Biondo, Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Acquisitions & Co-Productions; and Elizabeth Hopkins, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs.

TLC added to I Love The 90s Tour 2017

I Love the 90’s Tour – The Party Continues with TLC, Naughty by Nature, Kid ‘n Play, Biz Markie, Montell Jordan and Rob Base has been announced for 2017. C&C Music Factory, Blackstreet, Snap!, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Sir Mix-a-Lot and Sisqo are also available for shows, if request.

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Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine doc set for HBO

President of HBO Programming, Casey Bloys, has announced that The Defiant Ones, a four-part documentary telling the stories of record producer Jimmy Iovine and producer and rapper Dr. Dre, will debut on HBO in 2017. Director Allen Hughes (Menace II Society) has made an unquestionably bold film about the unlikely but ultimately unbreakable bond of trust and friendship between two street-smart men from different worlds who have shaped many of the most exciting and extreme moments in recent pop culture.

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