Performances


Kanye West, Madonna, Riccardo Tisci

Cultural figures in music, art, fashion, philanthropy made their way to the 11th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball in NYC on Thursday night. Held at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Keep a Child Alive co-founder and event host Alicia Keys lead this year’s gala, sharing the stage with rock legend David Byrne. Keys, who is expecting her second child in December, was glowing during black carpet arrivals with husband Swizz Beatz, as they held their baby bump for the cameras.

Other big names who attended the event included Madonna, Kanye West, Diddy, Aretha Franklin, Clive Davis, Russell Simmons, Gayle King, Estelle, Marina Abramovic, and more. Nas was another artist who entertained the crowd with a performance, including the song “N.Y. State of Mind” with Keys, plus rapper Angel Haze. Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci was honored for his anti-discriminatory efforts by the non-profit organization that provides treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

Check out photos from this year’s gala below.

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Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2014 - Show

The best in R&B and rap made their way to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for one jam-packed concert on Thursday night. Chris Brown, J. Cole, Ne-Yo, French Montana, Trey Songz, Migos, Remy Ma, Bobby Shmurda, and Tinashe were some of the major acts to rock a crowd of thousands at the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Closing the night was none other than Jeezy, who used the location to his advantage for a special moment. Jay Z joined the Snowman on stage to perform their “Seen It All” collaboration for the first-time.

Getting into the Halloween spirit wearing an Off White flannel and a Friday The 13th Jason Ski Mask, Jay was all smiles on stage, posing for pictures backstage with Atlanta’s Migos and GS9 rapper Rowdy Rebel. Until full video is available, check out photos and some quick video clips below.

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Cleveland Cavaliers & Turner Sports Home Opener Fan Fest

All eyes from the sports world are focused on Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday night, as LeBron James is set to make his season debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before tip-off against the New York Knicks, TNT and Samsung held a Coming Home Concert outside of the Quicken Loans Arena. Kendrick Lamar, whose new record “i” serves as the official theme song for the 2014-2015 NBA season and NBA on TNT broadcasts, performed the record live on television in front of thousands of eager Cavs supporters.

Watch the performance and NBA on TNT’s new promo commercial, featuring Kendrick Lamar’s “i” below.

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French Montana paid a visit to Sway in the Morning on Thursday to discuss everything related to his music and now much-publicized personal life. The Bronx rapper touched on his relationship with Khloe Kardashian, making a few appearances on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, contributing to Kanye West’s “All Day” single with Coke Boys in-house producer Velous, fatherhood, and more.

On the music front, French Montana revealed his Mac & Cheese 4 sophomore LP is completed and his label has a tentative release date of December 16. It includes the songs “Explicit” with Miguel, and “Gucci Mane” featuring Lil’ Wayne and Rick Ross, both videos have been shot for already. The Coke Boys general closed out his appearance by dropping a freestyle over Luniz’ “I Got 5 On It,” which can be watched below.

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Iggy Azalea’s breakout year continued this weekend, serving as musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Introduced by host-comedian Jim Carrey, the Australian rapper opened her first performance with the smash-hit “Fancy.” Azalea was joined shortly after by her fellow blonde bombshell Rita Ora, as the duo set the 30 Rock stage on fire with their hit “Black Widow.”

Iggy later returned for a second performance, this time of her new single “Beg For It” with special guest Mø. The record serves as the first offering off her upcoming Reclassified LP, a re-release of The New Classic, due November 24.

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I imagine performing decade-old songs can be a bittersweet experience for many artists, but Cam’ron always seems willing to revisit his classic catalog for both newer and day one fans. Bringing his charm to Brooklyn’s Converse Rubber Tracks Studio for The FADER Fort presented by Converse last night, Killa Cam gave yet another rendition of his 2002 hit single, “Hey Ma.” Unfortunately, he didn’t debut his new ebola mask, though.

Look out for Cam’s fifth First of the Month EP installment dropping on November 1.

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New York City can be a notoriously unforgiving place for rap rookies, but Detroit’s Dej Loaf came out on top with a memorable show at Santos Party House last night. “Try Me” was always going to be the biggest moment of the night, and it was made even more special when New York kingpins Jadakiss, Styles P and the recently-feed Remy Ma joined the soft-spoken starlet on stage to assist with her breakout hit. Shouts to ILuvLola for organizing the night!

It was a busy Tuesday for young Dej as she also dropped her new mixtape Sell Sole, which features appearances from Young Thug, Birdman, Ty Dolla $ign and Remy Ma (on the official “Try Me” remix).

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OVO Sound recording artist PARTYNEXTDOOR kicked off his first-ever tour, “PND LIVE,” on Sunday night in Montreal, Canada. Along with performing cuts off his PARTYNEXTDOOR and PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO projects, the 21-year old singer-producer surprised the packed crowd at the intimate Le Belmont, closing the show with Drake to “Recognize.”

The 14-date North American tour continues through October, ending November 22 in Los Angeles. Watch some fan-captured videos below.

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Many have made their way to Washington D.C. this weekend for Howard Homecoming 2014. Among the many music events taking place, MeccaFest took over Southeast Washington on Friday night with a bill that included Elle Varner, Future, Rae Sremmurd, Snootie Wild, and more. Repping his hometown, Wale joined Jeremih’s set to perform their The Album About Nothing-single “That Body.”

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Rae Sremmurd

The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards made their network television debut on Monday night. Taped back in September, the ninth annual show was hosted by Snoop Dogg at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. A night that celebrates hip-hop culture by paying respect to the past while shining the light on current and future stars, opened with a performance by rap sensation Rae Sremmurd, who performed their summer anthem “No Flex Zone.”

Other performers included Common with Vince Staples and Jay Electronica, Rich Gang featuring Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan and Birdman, Migos, DJ Mustard with Lil’ Boosie, Ty Dolla $ign and YG, Brandy taking viewers down memory lane with MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, T.I., and closing the night Bobby Shmurda.

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