Concerts


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Rihanna was performing in Dublin when she was overcome with emotion during her Eminem-assisted single, “Love the Way You Lie.” As she let the notes fly, the tears started streaming down her pretty face, but the fans where right there to cheer her on. After the concert, RihRIh thanked her team and supporters for helping her stay strong during the set.

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Made In America will return to Philly for a fifth year in a row on Sept 3-4 this year. As no surprise, the festival’s Rocky, Liberty and Tidal stages will be live streamed in their entirety on TIDAL. The Budweiser funded event is also giving back in a big way in 2016. Portions of the proceeds will benefit United Ways in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Berks County, PA.

Rihanna and Coldplay will headline the annual show, which will also feature, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz, Jamie xx, Chance The Rapper, Martin Garrix, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Grimes, DJ Khaled, Adventure Club, Madeon, Bryson Tiller and more

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The Roots Picnic is coming to the Big Apple. After wrapping up their ninth annual event in Philadelphia last weekend, headlined by Usher, The Roots announce their long-running festival is coming to New York City this fall. Produced by Live Nation, the inaugural NYC edition will take place on Oct. 1 and 2 at Manhattan’s Bryant Park.

The Roots, D’Angelo, and John Mayer headline the first night, with the Wu-Tang Clan (backed by The Roots), Nile Rodgers, and David Byrne headlining night two. Jeremih, EPMD, Swizz Beatz, X Ambassadors, Yuna, Kevin Gates, Styles P, Royce Da 5’9″, Freddie Gibbs, and Lil’ Uzi Vert are some of the other artists that will perform during the two-day event.

New York is a second home to us,” The Roots’ Questlove says about the expansion to Billboard. “There’s going to be pop up shops there, really good curated food, comedy, DJ parties there and acts that you wouldn’t expect… We’re deeply involved in everything, from the grass area to the food you’re gonna eat to the music you’re gonna hear in between. We’re a part of all of that.”

Tickets for The Roots Picnic NYC go on-sale this Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m EST at Ticketmaster.com. Check out the full lineup below.

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Despite Future having some sound issues at Roots Picnic 2016, Willow Smith’s performace was one of the more memorable sets of the event. She made the day with her surprise guests, popdukes Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, came out mid set to perform their 1991 classic “Summertime.”

The vibes were all there as the hometown crowd lost their minds to the duo’s unforgettable hit single. After the jump, watch video from the action.

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The Festival Stage at HOT97’s 2016 Summer Jam has been cancelled due to bad weather. However, the main stage is still on at this point, but they will be updating fans by the minute with important updates.

Chance the Rapper, Tory Lanez, Curren$y, Desiigner, Post Malone, Dave East and more were set to perform on the Festival Stage.

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Unfortunately, the concert gods in New York City are not on the side of festival goers today. Due to inclement weather, concert organizers have officially cancelled Gov Ball 2016 on day 3.

The NYC area is currently facing thunder and lightening storms, and weather reports show the rain will not let up this evening.

Kanye West was set to headline the finale day

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No tickets to New York City’s Governor’s Ball festival? No worries, VICE is providing us with an exclusive livestream this year. Despite a rainy start, the clouds are turning and this Friday night is looking to be a nice cool, summer one.

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While Kanye West was busy performing with A$AP Rocky and racing Tyler, The Creator at Coachella, something pretty amazing happened with his catalog at the Aratani Theatre in nearby Los Angeles over the weekend. On Saturday night (April 16), the Young Musicians Foundation hosted a concert billed as “Yeethoven,” which saw them pair six classic compositions from Ludwig van Beethoven with six cuts from Kanye’s Yeezus LP — and the results might just surprise you.

Led by conductor Yuga Cohler, the 70-piece orchestra performed almost an hour’s worth of mash-up masterpieces, blending “Hold My Liquor” with “Symphony No.5, op. 67,” “New Slaves” with “Overture to Egmont, op. 84″ and “On Sight” with “String Quartet No. 14,” which produced a standing ovation to close out the concert.

Best case scenario: classical musical snobs finally warm to Kanye’s music. Worst case scenario: Kanye adds Beethoven to his list of famous people he compares himself to — right behind Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, of course.

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The forthcoming 2016 Brooklyn Bodega Hip-Hop Festival just announced some big names as Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Rapsody and house DJ Rob Swift have been confirmed to perform this year — hosting duties will be handled Ralph McDaniels and Torae.

NYC’s annual festival will run over a four day period (July 13-16) with different cultural, arts, music and cinema events all included during the run. The concert is going down right under the Brooklyn Bridge in a new park that will be called the BK Bridge Plaza.

Stay tuned for more performers to be revealed in the upcoming days.

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Phife Dawg is being honored by his friends, fans and family today in his home borough of Queens. Starting at 10:30 AM today (Apr 4), a special surprise event in the late Tribe Called Called’s member honor — simply known as “The Celebration of Phife” — is set to spread the good vibrations at St. Albans Park. Also, the first 200 attendees have been promised something special.

For anyone in the New York City area, here are directions on how to get to St. Albans park.

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