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Nicki Minaj to receive Video Vanguard Award and perform at 2022 MTV VMAs

MTV announced that Nicki Minaj will make history this month as she is announced to be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, which is set to take place on August 28. The Queen of Rap has been nominated for 17 VMAs and won five in her career. Minaj now joins the prestigious list of previous Vanguard Award artists, which includes Madonna, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, and Missy Elliott.

Minaj also announced that she will be performing at the 2022 MTV VMAs. She tweeted: “I’m receiving the Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 #VMAs! You don’t want to miss my performance – Sunday August 28 at 8p on @MTV Aaaahhhhh”.  She later tweeted:“Keep #VMAs and #VMA in your tweet & tell me what song I HAVE to perform on 8/28… (don’t include #SuperFreakyGirl) GO!!!!!!!”

Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events, Paramount and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+ said: “Nicki has broken barriers for women in hip-hop with her versatility and creative artistry. She has shifted the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style and continuing to be unapologetically ‘Nicki’.”

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Blackpink set dates for ‘Born Pink’ World Tour

K-pop superstars Blackpink announced they will embark on the massive Born Pink world tour starting Oct. 15-16 in Seoul, with dates running through June 21, 2023, in Auckland. Venues have yet to be announced.

Ahead of the the tour, Blackpink will release a new single, “Pink Venom,” on Aug. 19, with a new studio album to follow (date to be announced).  The album will be the follow-up to 2020’s The Album, which featured hits including “How You Like That,” “Ice Cream” (ft. Selena Gomez), and “Lovesick Girls.”  A press release from YG Entertainment confirmed that Blackpink were in the final stages of recording a new album, and will kick off “a continuous large-scale project which will extend through the second half of the year.”  The press release also revealed that their upcoming tour would be the “largest world tour in the history of a K-pop girl group.” 

Head to the group’s official world tour website for more info: https://blackpinkofficial.com/worldtourbornpink/

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Panic! at the Disco release their new song ‘Local God’

Panic! At The Disco released their new song “Local God”, the follow-up to the singles “Middle of a Breakup” and “Viva Las Vengeance” off the band’s upcoming seventh LP, Viva Las Vengeance, due out August 19th.

To celebrate the release of Viva Las Vengeance, the group will perform at this year’s MTV VMAs on Sunday, August 28th as well as an outdoor performance in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza for the ‘Citi Summer Concert Series’ on NBC’s Today on August 19th.

Panic! At The Disco will also be hitting the road for the The Viva Las Vengeance Tour kicking off September 8th in Austin, TX.  Special guests include Marina and Jake Wesley Rogers with Beach Bunny will join the band on select dates in North America.  For every ticket sold on their upcoming Viva Las Vengeance Tour the band is donating $1 to their Highest Hopes Foundation. In addition, Live Nation will also be matching the donation from the entire tour, dollar for dollar.

Take a listen to Local Godhere.

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Beyoncé earns her 7th No. 1 album with ‘Renaissance’

Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance has landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

According to Billboard, its first week Renaissance earned 332,000 equivalent album units and sold 190,000 physical copies. Renaissance is Beyoncé’s seventh solo album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart; she’s the first female artist to have her first seven solo albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In 2022 thus far, the only album with a bigger debut week on the Billboard 200 charts than Renaissance was Harry Styles’ Harry’s House, which racked up 521,500 total units.

Renaissance, released on July 29, 2022, is billed as “Act I”—the first of a “three act project” that Bey recorded during the pandemic.Ahead of the release, Beyoncé wrote on her website: “My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgement. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking.” 

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Take a look at the new trailer for the Post Malone concert documentary ‘Runaway’

Post Malone takes fans behind the scenes of his ‘Runaway Tour’ in an upcoming documentary. Amazon Freevee’s Post Malone: Runaway will debut on the streaming service on Aug. 12.

The new trailer for the hour-long documentary shares onstage and backstage looks at Malone’s 2019/20 tour, and goes in-depth on his life and career. The Runaway Tour was canceled with five shows remaining in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malone will return to the road this fall for a 33-city trek in support of his latest LP, Twelve Carat Toothache. The tour kicks off Sept. 10 in Omaha, wrapping up two months later on Nov. 15th in Los Angeles.

Check out the trailer for Post Malone: Runawayhere.

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HBO Max’s Selena Gomez cooking show ‘Selena + Chef’ to return for Season 4 premiering Aug. 18

Selena Gomez’s cooking show Selena + Chef has been renewed for a fourth season on HBO Max. The 10 episode season of the unscripted series will premiere on August 18th with three episodes, followed by three more on August 25th – and the final four on September 1st, exclusively on HBO Max. Selena + Chef premiered in August 2020, inspired by Gomez spending more time in the kitchen during the pandemic.

In season four, Gomez heads to the beach with her friends and family, where Selena will continue to learn the joys of cooking with all-star chefs in a beautiful Malibu beach house. Season 4 featured chefs include Adrienne Cheatham, Devonn Francis, Gordon Ramsay, Kristen Kish, Ludo Lefebvre, Matty Matheson, Nick DiGiovanni, Paola Velez, Priya Krishna and Rachael Ray.   As in the first three seasons, each chef will highlight a different charity. To date, the series has raised $400,000 for 26 nonprofit organizations.

You can view the Season 4 trailer –  here.

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Carly Rae Jepsen announces new album ‘The Loneliest Time’

Carly Rae Jepsen announced she will be releasing her new album, The Loneliest Time, on Oct. 21, the sixth studio album from the Canadian singer. The Loneliest Time will mark Jepsen’s first album since May 2020, when she released the second half of her project Dedicated.

Jepsen said in a tweet announcing the album: “I’m quite fascinated by loneliness. It can be really beautiful when you turn it over and look at it. Just like love, it can cause some extreme human reactions.” The lead single on The Loneliest Time, titled “Western Wind,” was officially released this past May along with a music video.

The singer’s announcement of The Loneliest Time LP comes shortly after she announced her upcoming tour, The So Nice Tour, set to kick off in Cleveland, Ohio this September. From there, she will play shows across the United States and Canada until Nov. 5.

To pre-order “The Loneliest Time” head here.

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Machine Gun Kelly shares live video for ‘Fake Love Don’t Last’

Machine Gun Kelly has teamed up with Vevo for a special live performance of “fake love don’t last,” his third installment for the series.  Kelly teams with Iann Dior on the “fake love don’t last” video, the recorded version which appears on his latest album, Mainstream Sellout. The video for “fake love don’t last” follows MGK’s previously shared live performances of “more than life” and “twin flame.”

Mainstream Sellout was released in March of this year, taking the No.1 spot on the album charts and earning MGK a string of Top 10 singles on the Rock charts. MGK released a new track “more than life,” featuring 17-year-old musician Glaive, which appeared as a bonus track on Mainstream Sellout when it was released on vinyl.

Kelly is currently on tour in support of Mainstream Sellout through October. After he finishes his North American run, he’ll be bringing his show across Europe.

Take a look at the live video for “fake love don’t last” – here.

Machine Gun Kelly release third Vevo Official Live Performance Series video

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Beyoncé removes Kelis sample from Renaissance track “Energy” following criticism

Beyoncé has removed the sample of Kelis‘ 2003 hit “Milkshake” from her Renaissance track “Energy” on Tidal and Apple. Kelis had called out Bey and The Neptunes for allegedly failing to seek permission to use the sample.

Kelis’ “Milkshake,” written by The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, has only the production duo are credited as songwriters. Upon hearing Energy, Kelis aired her grievances via Instagram. Kelis commented: “My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding .”  She noted that she found out about the interpolation “the same way everyone else did,” suggesting that she had not gotten a heads up beforehand.

Kelis clearly stated she wasn’t mad about the lift itself, but pointed out that she and Bey have met, know each other and have mutual friends.  She said: “not only are we Black female artists in an industry where there’s not many of us. It’s not hard. She can contact, right?”

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Hailee Steinfeld drops new single ‘Coast’ featuring Anderson .Paak

Actor and singer Hailee Steinfeld has shared the lyric video for her new song, “Coast,” featuring rapper and songwriter Anderson .Paak.   You can check out the lyric video: here.

The 25-year-old Steinfeld first announced the song in a social media post on July 20, describing it as the start of a “new chapter.” She wrote: “If you’ve been with me for a while you know this has been a long time coming. If you’re new here… I’m about to release my first song in over a year.”

The single marks Steinfeld’s first music release in two years. She began her solo career in 2015 with her hit song “Love Myself,” the lead single on her debut EP, Haiz. “Love Myself” peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard charts, making it the highest debut for a solo female artist in 17 years. Her second EP, Half Written Story, was released in 2020.

You can stream Coast (featuring Anderson .Paak): here.

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