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DJ Khaled has announced the release date for his upcoming album Father of Asahd: May 17. And in typical DJ Khaled fashion, he didn’t just break the news through a simple tweet, but via an Instagram video featuring cameos from Diddy and Nas.

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Already widely regarded as his best work, the legend of JAY-Z’s The Blueprint continues to grow. Today the National Recording Registry announced that Hov’s 2001 LP is being archived in the Library of Congress alongside other iconic records including Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly, Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam,” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.”

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After speculation and various leaked reports in recent weeks, Woodstock unveils the lineup in celebration of their 50th anniversary. JAY-Z, The Killers, and Dead & Company headline the three-day event, running from Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York. Chance the Rapper, Janelle Monáe, Run the Jewels, Common, Vince Staples, Earl Sweatshirt, The Black Keys, Akon, SiR, Gary Clark Jr., and Leon Bridges are other notables that make the lineup.

The lineup will be a mix of some of the old bands who are still performing and a lot of new headline talent. Probably more than any other festival’s ever had,” said co-founder and producer of the 1969 and 2019 Woodstock festivals, Michael Lang, to Billboard back in January. “It’ll cross genres from rock to pop, folk and hip hop. It’s kind of representative of this idea of engagement and trying to steer toward acts that are heavily involved in social issues. So there’s some real gravitas in the performance and we want it to live on beyond the event.”

Music lovers planning to attend Woodstock 50 can buy tickets starting Friday, April 22 (Earth Day). See the full lineup below.

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Logic started the new year off by releasing the song, “Keanu Reeves.” At the time, fans wondered if the record was a one-off or part of an upcoming project. That question appears to be answered as the Maryland MC announced a new album entitled Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. In a four-minute video posted to Twitter, Logic is seen rapping a song. As he gets deeper into the rhymes, Logic eventually gets covered in blood. The album will serve as a follow-up to last year’s YSIV.

See the announcement trailer below.

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A day after gracing the cover of GQ Magazine, J. Cole announces the lineup for his inaugural Dreamville Fest. Taking place on April 6th at Dorothea Dix Park in Releigh, North Carolina, Cole World headlines the one-day event. Joining him will be SZA, Big Sean, 21 Savage, Nelly, Rapsody, 6LACK, Teyana Taylor, Saba and Mez. Dreamville Records artists Bas, J.I.D, EARTHGANG, Ari Lennox, Omen, Lute and Cozz round out the lineup.

The festival was originally slated to take place in September 2018 but was cancelled and rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence. Tickets for the festival are on-sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.

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Juice WRLD lands his first chart-topping album. The Chicago artist’s Death Race for Love sophomore effort debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week. The follow-up to 2018’s Goodbye & Good Riddance moved 165,000 equivalent album units opening week (43,000 were in traditional album sales), according to Nielsen Music.

Death Race earns the overall biggest sales and streaming week for a R&B/hip-hop album so far this year. Of its 165,000 equivalent album units, 120,000 were attributed to streams which translated to 176.44 million on-demand audio streams. Only Ariana Grande’s thank u, next has been streamed more in 2019.

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With this year marking their 35th anniversary, Def Jam are plotting a return to the top of the hip-hop totem pole. The label recently released Undisputed, a compilation album — and accompanying documentary series — showcasing their batch of newly-signed rappers and R&B singers. And just today they put out the LIL BIG MAN EP from another of their new artists, West Coast MC Maxo.

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Despite only dropping his major label debut Oxnard in November, Anderson .Paak is currently readying the release of a new album called Ventura on April 12. Today, the Aftermath polymath debuts the LP’s funky, feel-good first single “King James.”

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Things Fall Apart, the Grammy-nominated, Platinum-certified album that turned The Roots into a household name, turned 20 last month (this oral history by Questlove is a must-read). To celebrate, they’re performing the LP in its entirety at this year’s Roots Picnic.

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If, like me, any tiny bit of D’Angelo news stops you in your tracks, you’ll be pleased to know that a new documentary has been made about the Virginia-born virtuoso.

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