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After serenading fans across America earlier this year, Jorja Smith is returning to this side of the pond for the newly-announced North American leg of her Lost & Found tour. The 18-city jaunt will take the British songstress from Seattle on November 19 to Toronto (where Drake will no doubt be in attendance) on December 19, touching down in cities like Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, New York and Boston along the way. The tour comes in support of Jorja’s recently released debut album Lost & Found.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (July 13) via Jorja’s website.

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé, who are currently going apeshit across Europe on their joint On the Run II tour, will be taking their blockbuster show to South Africa later this year for a special Nelson Mandela tribute festival. The Carters have been announced as the headliners for the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg, which commemorates the life and legacy of the former President of South Africa, who would’ve celebrated his 100th birthday this year.

The Global Citizen festival, which takes place on December 2, will also feature performances from Pharrell, Usher, Ed Sheeran, Wizkid, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and more. Click here to sign up for tickets. Proceeds go towards Global Citizen’s mission to end extreme poverty by 2030.

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I’m still not convinced that Jaden Smith is the all-knowing oracle he makes himself out to be, but there’s no denying he’s pushing the envelope with the rollout for his new album. Over the weekend, Fresh Prince Jr. released SYRE: The Electric Album, a five-song, electronic-orientated reworked version of his 2017 album SYRE. You won’t find the project on any of your favorite streaming services, though; instead, SYRE: The Electric Album is a first-of-its-kind Instagram exclusive (or technically, an IGTV exclusive).

The five songs included on SYRE: The Electric Album — “ICON?,” “Lost Boy,” “Ninety,” “Fallen” and “B.” — all come with their own psychedelic visuals, too. Stream the project in full via Jaden Smith’s Instagram account and check out previews of all five songs below.

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The numbers are officially in. As expected, Drake earns his eighth No. 1 album on Billboard. The Canadian superstar’s new album, Scorpion, debuts at the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. Featuring appearances by JAY-Z, Michael Jackson and more, Scorpion moved 732,000 equivalent album units opening week (160,000 in traditional album sales) according to Nielsen Music. All eight of Drake’s full-length projects have gone No. 1, only his 2009 debut EP So Far Gone did not accomplish that feat. Drake now ties Eminem and Kanye West for second-most No. 1 albums in history for a rap act. Only JAY-Z has more, with 14 No. 1 albums.

The 6 God also ties West, Eminem and The Beatles with eight straight chart-topping albums. Scorpion is the biggest selling week for any album in 2018, and the largest since Taylor Swift’s reputation, which opened with 1.24 million units at No. 1 in December 2017. Streaming amounted for most of Drake’s double-album success, becoming the first album to hit 1 billion streams globally in one week.

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Drake’s dominance and choke-hold on the streaming era has reached new heights. The Canadian rapper’s new album, Scorpion, becomes the first album to be streamed 1 billion times globally in one week. Industry sources confirms to Billboard that the double-LP surpassed 1 billion streams on all platforms, surpassing Post Malone’s Beer Bongs & Bentleys previous record at 700 million.

New era. New platinum. Thank you a billion times over (a billion plus),” said Drizzy in an Instagram post after the news broke. Easily the biggest selling album of 2018 so far, Scorpion is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this coming week.

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It looks like K.T.S.E. might not be the only heat Teyana Taylor has for us this year. Last night, the Harlem-rose songstress let slip that she and Ty Dolla $ign, the secret weapon of G.O.O.D. Music’s cruel summer who could also be making a seven-song album with Kanye West, are readying a full project together.

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Cardi B’s incredible debut run continues. The Bronx rapper’s latest single “I Like It,” rises to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The song, featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, becomes Cardi’s second Hot 100 chart-topping record following “Bodak Yellow.” Off her Invasion of Privacy debut album, “I Like It” also becomes J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s first-ever Hot 100 No. 1. Cardi is now the first female rapper to earn two No. 1s on the Hot 100.

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Drake has dominated the current streaming era, continually breaking records yearly. With his new project Scorpion now out, the double album is setting new marks as expected. On Spotify, Scorpion has broken the global Spotify record for biggest opening day with 132 million streams on June 29. It nearly doubles the previously record holder, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys at 78.7 million. Stateside, Drizzy’s album also broke the Spotify USA’s opening day record with 80.5 million streams in the U.S., surpassing Malone’s 47.9 million. “Nonstop” is the popular song on Spotify’s platform, setting a new global single day record with 9.3m streams. 17 of the 18 most played songs on the Spotify charts are from Scorpion, with XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” being the only record outside of the album, sitting at No. 13.

For Apple Music, The Verge reports Scorpion breaks their biggest single day streaming record. The 25-song LP pulled in 170 million streams during its first 24 hours, taking the top spot from Drake’s More Life, that previously held the record with 89.9 streams.

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Drake and Pusha T’s rap war back in May created many headlines, most from the latter’s scathing diss record “The Story of Adidon.” On it, the G.O.O.D. Music President brought to light a past rumor that Drake fathered a child with a model named Sophie Brussaux. When the rumor first initially surfaced, it soon fizzled away with no confirmation from Brussaux or Drake himself. In the middle of a rap battle and with all eyes on both artists feuding, Pusha T’s revelation brought the news to the forefront during their brief back-and-forth. The Canadian star remained quiet, no offering any response until his Scorpion album released on Friday (Jul. 29). On the album, he references his child (a son) on three different records.

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Drake’s highly-anticipated Scorpion double album arrive promptly at the stroke of midnight on iTunes and all streaming platforms. The 25-song project is includes features from the late Michael Jackson and Static Major, plus Ty Dolla $ign. With a major release of this magnitude, music lovers instantly are curious to the other contributors on the production and writing side. Courtesy of TIDAL, the full production credits are here. Lead by OVO Sound production team of Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1da and Noel Cadestre, the double album also sees production from DJ Premier, No I.D., Allen Ritter, PARTYNEXTDOOR, T-Minus, Murda Beatz, !LLMIND, Jahaan Sweet, Cardo, DJ Paul, OOGIE MANE and Tay Keith.

Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign, James Fauntelroy, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Future, Paul Anka, and Stefflon Don are also credited as additional features and guest vocalists. See the full credits below.

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