Concerts


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Drake celebrated the Memorial Day U.S. holiday in the Lone Star State, with the 2nd annual OVO-Houston Appreciation Weekend. The four-day event, which included a Bun B tribute event and H.A.W. celebrity softball game, closed on Sunday night with the first night of Drake’s North American “Jungle” tour.

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TIDAL X: Jay-Z B-sides in NYC on May 16, 2015 in New York City.

JAY Z’s first B-Sides concert in New York City was definitely one for the books. To the surprise of many, Hov even let the livestream go public for Free-99. It was a rare treat for Jigga to perform tracks like “Ignorant Sh*it,” “Can I Kick It?,” “In My Lifetime,” and so many other rarities.

I think the most talked about moment, though, was when Beanie Sigel walked out onstage to reunite with his ol’ friend. We’re all aware of the ups and downs of their long and storied working professional relationship. But as grown men, it looks like they put all that bad blood to rest. Hip-Hop can smile at this.

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A JAY Z B-Sides concert has been barbershop and rap blog fodder for years now. I’ve been on a bunch of press trips with rap journalists — and many a night — in the back of another sprinter van somewhere the convo turned to this very subject. To Day-1 Hov fans, this is a dream come true. To those that just skim through music… you’ll never understand.

Tickets for Hov’s B-Sides concert will be filtered through an online campaign on Tidal. So, yes, it’s exclusive to Tidal users.

Update: JAY Z has pushed back the date of his B-Sides show from May 13 to May 16. He’ll also be performing a second B-Sides show on May 17. Stay tuned for updates on this story.

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The upcoming HBO film Bessie, which chronicles the life of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, is making some serious noise on the movie circuit. This film stars Queen Latifah as Smith — as well as Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tory Kittles, Tika Sumpter, Charles S. Dutton, Oscar winner Mo’Nique and more.

This week, MissInfo.TV was invited to check out the newly launched Bessie 81 Theater Tour in New York City. The invite-only concert series is showcasing local music acts in each city (NY and LA) — and gives buzzing musicians and students the chance to work with Stacy Barthe and Brian Michael Cox in a private workshop. However, there’s also influencer dinners and surprise performances on deck for each city.

On Tuesday evening (Apr 28), we witnessed rising artists Devah Mahal, Adeline Michele, Gabriel Garzon-Montano and Phony Ppl take over the Bessie 81 stage in the Big Apple. With a combination of undeniable star power, musical talent and sheer will, these group of musicians tore the house down to monstrous applause. Stay tuned as we continue on the Bessie 81 tour and bring you exclusive coverage.

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The first weekend of the Coachella Arts & Music Festival came to an end on Sunday night with rap’s biggest star. Drake closed Day 3 of Coachella 2015, with an energetic 75-minute set, reminding fans of the long list of hits he’s accumulated over his six-year run. The Canadian superstar covered nothing but hits from his first three solo LPs (Thank Me Later, Take Care, Nothing Was the Same), recent guest features (“Blessings,” “Truffle Butter,” “Who Do You Love?”), and newer records off his chart-topping If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late mixtape (“Legend,” “10 Bands,” “Know Yourself”).

The much-talked about moment came midway through the show. While performing the IYRTITL-cut “Madonna,” the pop icon Madonna herself appeared on stage wearing a black “Big As Madonna” jumpsuit during her medley of “Human Nature,” “Hung Up,” and “Express Yourself.” Right before her exit, Madonna groped the rapper who was seated on stage, sharing one long kiss as thousands screamed.

Watch the full show below.

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Back in 2005, Kanye West’s “Diamonds” remix featured a verse from Jay Z where at one point her rapped “I had to get off the boat so I could walk on water.” Ten years later, West decided to test that statement by the man he calls “big brother.” On Sunday, Kanye held a surprise concert at Swan Lake in Yerevan, Armenia. The rapper, who accompanied his wife Kim Kardashian West and her family on a tour of their home country, went to the prominent landmark to perform hits like “Stronger,” “Jesus Walks,” “Power,” “Touch the Sky,” “All of the Lights,” and “Good Life.”

While performing “Good Life,” Kanye decided to jump into the lake, which caused pandemonium as fans followed suit and jumped in to get closer to him. Local authorities stepping in right after, shutting down Kanye’s performance because of the dive.

Check out the full performance below at the 45:55 minute mark, and the dive at the 103:00 mark.

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Before The Weeknd serenaded the ladies, Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator hit Coachella’s main stage during Day 2 on Saturday night. Before his new album Cherry Bomb arrives on Monday, the rapper-producer-director rocked out a 45-min set, performing cuts off his previous two albums Goblin and Wolf, plus “F*cking Young/Deathcamp” off Cherry Bomb.

Before closing with “Tamale,” the most talked about moment was when the rapper aimed a “F*ck You” to the VIP crowd in the front pit, specifically Kendall Jenner. What many thought to be a real beef, turns out to be Tyler just joking around with this Kardashian friend. Watch the full set below.

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It was an unforgettable night for The Weeknd, who closed Day 2 of the 2015 Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California on Saturday night.

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Frank Ocean and James Blake are doing a mini-tour together this weekend. Blake announced that the Odd Future crooner will join him for three shows, starting Thursday night in Bristol, then followed by shows on April 10 in Manchester, and April 12 in London.

To be frank we are announcing BOYSDONTCRY to the line up for the 1-800 Road Trip – kicking off in Bristol this evening at Lakota,” said James Blake in an Instagram post, referencing the title of Ocean’s Boys Don’t Cry publication arriving in June. Blake had also teased the upcoming shows with Frank on Twitter early Wednesday morning.

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Kanye West is heading to PowerHouse 2015 next month. The rapper-producer-designer will headline Power 106 L.A.’s annual summer concert on May 16 at The Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Announced on Monday, Kanye leads a lineup that includes Ludacris, Kid Ink, B.o.B, Ty Dolla $ign, Nipsey Hussle, Tinashe and more.

Music lovers planning to head to Anaheim can buy pre-sale tickets on Wednesday, April 8 at 10 a.m. PST by clicking here. The general public stars one day after on Thursday, April 9 at 10 a.m. PST.

Check out the full lineup and announcement below.

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