Performances


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One of music’s biggest festivals, Lollapalooza 2015, kicked off at Grant Park in Chicago on Friday night. Paul McCartney, Flying Lotus, Young Thug, BADBADNOTGOOD, SZA, DJ Mustard and more performed on Day 1, which was closed by Toronto’s own The Weeknd. The XO singer delivered an hour set, performing songs off his critically acclaimed Trilogy effort, plus collaborations with Drake (“Crew Love”), Ty Dolla $ign (“Or Nah”) and Ariana Grande (“Love Me Harder”).

Along with his remix of Beyoncé “Drunk In Love,” The Weeknd didn’t leave without rocking out to his trio of new hits “Earned It,” “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” Watch the full 57-minute set from Lollapalooza below.

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Lauryn Hill made a rare television appearance on Thursday night, appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The 8-time Grammy Award winner and Fugees member performed the song “Feeling Good,” off the compilation LP Nina Revisited… A Tribute to Nina Simone. The cover is one of six records Hill contributes to the album, which also features Usher, Mary J. Blige, Common, Jazmine Sullivan, and more.

Purchase the LP on iTunes and watch the performance below.

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This year’s Pitchfork Music Festival had a ton of performers and one of them was Chicago’s own Vic Mensa. With the crowd already amped up, he gave them a high energy performance of the Kanye West assisted “U Mad,” which almost caused a riot on stage and in the crowd. He also performed “No Chill,” his new track with Skrillex.

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Kanye West took over Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Sunday night, serving as closing act the the 2015 Pan AM Games Closing Ceremonies. Despite controversy leading up to the performance, including a petition signed by thousands demanding the rapper be taken off the bill that included Pitbull and Canadian artist Serena Ryder, Kanye delivered a memorable 13-minute set.

Wearing a baby blue sweater, ripped jeans, and a pair of adidas Yeezy Boost 350’s, Kanye rocked the crowd with the songs “Stronger,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” “Touch the Sky,” “All of the Lights,” “Gold Digger,” “Power” and “Black Skinhead.” During the final song, “Good Life,” Kanye’s mic was turned off right at the 10 p.m. curfew, in which the rapper responded by throwing his mic in the air before exiting. Later, Canadian network CBC would later call the mic shutting off a “Technical error.”

Later in the evening after the show, Kanye was spotted with Drake at a local nightclub, where West’s close friend Virgil Abloh was guest DJ.

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Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint” North American tour pulled into Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sunday night. During her set, the Queen Barbz surprised the sold-out crowd with a special guest. As Chris Brown’s “Loyal” blasted throughout the arena, Lil’ Wayne stormed on stage to perform his guest verse off the hit song.

Dressed in grey sweats and red sneakers, Weezy F. Baby had thousands screaming at Nicki is seen paying homage to her mentor, bowing down to Lil’ Wayne before he went into a medley of past songs including “A Milli” and “6 Foot, 7 Foot.”

Watch the moment in Brooklyn below.

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Slim Shady came up freestyling and battling, but in recent years, he hasn’t really kicked many for whatever the reason. Sway In The Morning got the blessing from Eminem himself thanks to some Southpaw promo and he goes off on the acapella. He stresses that everything he spit was off the dome and there were no writtens, so folks shouldn’t doubt that he can still rhyme with the best of them, considering this spanned close to 8 minutes.

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Jeremih appeared as musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday. Changing the vibe a little, the R&B singer brought the dance vibes to the studio audience, being joined by Flo Rida to perform the song “Tonight Belongs To U.” The single is off Jeremih’s Late Nights: The Album, which to this point still has no official release date.

Before the performance, Fallon introduced Jeremih and unveiled what appears to be the official album cover. Check it all out below.

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The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness album arrives next month on August 28. The XO singer held a special performance on a private island just outside of London, England on Tuesday. During his set, the Toronto native decided to debut a new untitled song presumably set to appear on the album.

The song, which fans are unofficially calling “Mood Music 2,” can be heard below.

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R. Kelly has been preparing his forthcoming Buffet album and making all the radio stops along the way. While in New York City, he went to visit his old friend Sway on Shade 45 — along with Heather B and Tracy G. Just like all of the early morning guests, Kellz wasn’t safe from the 5 Fingers of Death Freestyle segment. DJ Wonder played some old school beats from James and Bobby Purify, some music from the Scarface score, Wu-Tang. and Snoop.

At the 12:30 mark, he also tells a crazy story about how he saved a woman’s life in a terrible car crash.

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Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint” North American tour kicked off at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas on Friday night. Featuring a lineup of today’s hottest artists that includes Tinashe, Rae Sremmurd and DeJ Loaf, the show went without a hitch, as the Queen of Young Money performed in front of a sold-out crowd of 19,150.

Minaj’s boyfriend Meek Mill, who is also on the bill, joined his superstar girlfriend to perform the songs “Bad For You” and “Buy a Heart.” At one point, the new couple celebrated their moment on stage with a steamy kiss, which had thousands screaming. “I couldn’t be more proud to be on this tour w/Great artists but even greater people. Wow. @DeJLoaf @Tinashe @RaeSremmurd @MeekMill thank you,” tweeted Nicki. “Tonight was the best night of my life.”

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