FKA Twigs Readying Sophomore Album “Mary Magdalene”

FKA Twigs is preparing for the next chapter of her musical career…

Five years since her debut album, the 31-year-old part-Spanish singer is finally mounting her full comeback, sharing album details and some of the horrors she’s faced since we last saw her.

FKA Twigs

In a cover story for UK magazine i-D, FKA Twigs goes through a selection of songs from her upcoming second album Mary Magdalene including one called “Holy Terrain” featuring rapper Future.

“I wasn’t sure whether he would even know who I am,” the singer says, explaining how the collaboration came to be. “I was like, ‘Hi, it’s Twigs. Let me know if you wanna talk about music or anything.’” When the rapper got back to her immediately she had a small fit of excitement.  “He’s such a sweetheart. I sent him the album and I called him up and was like, ‘Listen, Future… this is what my album’s about. It’s a really empowering, sensitive record, with a lot of feminine energy, and this song is probably the most fun track on it, but I still need lyrical content.’ And he said, ‘Okay, I’ve got it’. And his verse is beautiful.”

“He’s just talking about his downfalls as a man; how he’s sorry and asking for healing,” FKA Twigs adds. “I love sad Future. I love when he gets emo, when he expresses himself. It’s just so beautiful when he opens up.”

In expressing some of the hardships she has faced since releasing LP1, including breakups with actors Robert Pattinson and Shia LaBeouf, FKA Twigs reveals a particularly gruesome work experience she put herself through, shooting a Spike Jonze-directed advertisement for Apple only a week into recovering from an operation where tumors were removed from her uterus.

“I looked like death, I looked disgusting. I wasn’t supposed to be moving. And Spike’s like, ‘Okay, so we’re gonna play the song and I need you to dance around your living room to it,’” explains the singer. “I was fully going for it and literally feeling like my uterus was gonna fall out. I didn’t tell them about the surgery or that I had all these stitches in my bellybutton. It was grim. It was grim as f—.”

FKA Twigs wasn’t even meant to be walking for six weeks and here she was dancing. “When I was on set with Spike, the stitches in my bellybutton were splitting open. I told him: ‘Just so you know, if I start bleeding through this white shirt…’. I basically couldn’t lift my arms up, because all your organs stick together and you can’t stretch your stomach. I was involved in the choreography though, so I based all the movements on Audrey Hepburn as she was always moving like that – very forward and with a contracted stomach – because that’s all I could do.”

FKA Twigs still calls the commercial shoot “an amazing experience” though, and the advertisement both won favor both online and at many of the top advertisement awards.

FKA Twigs is set to release her album Mary Magdalene this fall. She will also appears in the upcoming film Honey Boy, written by LaBeouf.

Miguel to Perform at This Year’s Mala Luna Music Festival in San Antonio

There’s a bad moon rising for Miguel

The 33-year-old half-Mexican American singer is set to perform at San Antonio’s Mala Luna Music Festival.

Miguel

The Grammy-winning singer joins a lineup that includes Russ, Diplo, Juice WrldYGand Playboi Cartifor its 2019 edition. 

TheHalloween weekend festival hitting Texas from October 26-27 at the Nelson Wolff Stadium parking lot will also feature sets from DababyTrippie Redd, Summer Walkerand Jessie Reyez.

Ari Lennoxof J.Cole’s Dreamville Records will perform in support of her newly released debut album Shea Butter Baby, while Houston’s own Megan Thee Stallion will also perform following her run on the Legendary Nights Tour with YG and Future.

The downtown San Antonio festival is returning for its fourth year with performances from DaniLeigh, MeliiUMI and Alaina Castillo.

In a continued effort to support and shine a light on Texas’ growing music scene, several local artists will be performing including FRITOGANGHoodlumJay Wileand Doeman.

In 2018, Mala Luna welcomed more than 30,000 attendees to the music festival that also pays tribute to the local culture and the San Antonio community’s annual Diá de los Muertos celebrations. live art installations, local food vendors and merchants, and highly curated themes and designs, costumes and more are once again expected at the annual event produced by Texas-based promoter ScoreMore Shows.

Tickets for Mala Luna are available now with single-day passes starting at $79. 

Camila Cabello Appears on Netflix’s “Bright” Soundtrack

Camila Cabello’s future looks Bright

Netflix has unveiled the soundtrack for its original film Brighta 13-track effort chock full of features across all genres as well as a few unlikely genre-crossing collaborations.

Camila Cabello

The 20-year-old Mexican and Cuban singer and former Fifth Harmony appears on the soundtrack, alongside FutureTy Dolla $ignMeek Mill,and  Snoop Dogg, among others.

Cabello and Grey cast an exotic spell on “Crown.” Grey slays it with Middle Eastern drums and Arabic strumming. The muted production brings the sensual heat of the desert, and drum machines and orchestral undertones bring a cinematic grandeur. Cabello comes in heavy and raw, injecting her performance with her own showmanship and hunger.

It’s described as a cool, moody EDM tune that’s sure to pump you up when you need it most.

The action movie will center on the lives of Will Smith and Joel Edgerton‘s characters, who are police officers — Smith plays as a human and Edgerton plays an Orc — heading on a routine mission that goes awry.

Fabolous Releasing His Collaborative Album with Jadakiss, Friday on Elm Street, on Black Friday

Fabolous is ready for Black Friday… 

The 39-year-old half-Dominican American hip-hop singer and Jadakiss will release their highly anticipated new project, Friday on Elm Street, will be released on Black Friday (November 24).

Fabolous & Jadakiss

Fabolous and Jadakiss have been teasing fans with their collaborative Freddy vs. Jason project for years.

The duo have even shared the artwork for the project, which features an image of a fire burning in a gloomy, dark woods.

Aside from the Future-assisted “Stand Up,” the New York duo didn’t stray too far from their native hometown for the features on the album and recruited the likes of Teyana TaylorFrench MontanaSwizz Beatz and Styles P — all of whom share the duo’s New York roots. The project also features a remix of “Stand Up” with southern rhymers Yo Gotti and Jeezy.

At a recent listening party for Friday on Elm Street, Fabolous and Jadakiss teased that they’re already planning to take their project on the road, but just haven’t figured out tour dates yet.

Here’s the tracklist for Friday on Elm Street:

  1. F Vs. J Intro
  2. Stand Up” ft. Future
  3. Theme Music” Feat. Swizz Beatz
  4. Ground Up
  5. Soul Food
  6. Principles
  7. Talk About It ft. Teyana Taylor
  8. All About It ft. French Montana
  9. I Pray Feat. Swizz Beatz
  10. Ice Pick ft. Styles P
  11. Nightmares Ain’t As Bad
  12. Stand Up (Remix) ft. Future, Yo Gotti and Jeezy

Fabolous Teams Up with Jadakiss & Future for the New Single “Stand Up”

Fabolous is taking a stand…

The 39-year-old half-Dominican American hip-hop singer has joined voices with Jadakiss and Future for the new single “Stand Up.”

Fabolous

Sticking to the haunting theme of the movie their project name derives from, an ominous sound creeps in and connects with a deep thumping bass. As the bass picks up, Future is right at home as he lays down a catchy hook over the trap-laden Reazy Renegade-produced cut.

Fabolous takes the baton from Future and raps about remaining loyal and sticking to the street code. “Yeah, them people ran up on me, asking me do I know something/ Looked them in they eyes and said if I knew something/ I wouldn’t know nothing,” he raps. “Heard a lot about me/ You ain’t never heard that I told nothing.”

Jadakiss later chimes in with his signature laugh and addresses a fake friend. “All them Bentleys, all them Benzes/ Shit you was doing was senseless/ On the road, we was caking/ The code, you was breaking,” ‘Kiss says. “Get exposed when you faking/ Let you tell it, I’m just hating.”

“Stand Up” follows the previously released “Rapture” featuring Tory Lanez.

Kehlani to Appear on Calvin Harris’ New LP, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

Kehlani is ready to funk things up with Calvin Harris

The 22-year-old part-Spanish American singer is set to appear on the Scottish DJ and record producer’s forthcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1.

Kehlani

Harris released a video teaser via Twitter for the album with Kehlani’ name appearing as one of the featured artists on his LP.

Others include Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Future, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean, John Legend, Khalid, Migos, Schoolboy Q, Ariana Grande, Yung Thug, D.R.A.M., Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, Jessie Reyez, Partynextdoor, and Snoop Dogg.

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 gives the sense of a departure from the usual Harris sound, a hint amplified by the much groovier, toned-down disco funk vibe of the soundtrack tune. The sunset visual background fits perfectly with the song’s laidback style. The clip also features vocals from Khalid and Future.

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 is scheduled for release Friday, June 30.

The Martinez Brothers to Take the Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

The Martinez Brothers are headed to the California desert…

The Latino-American duo of disc jockeys, music producers, and remixers from The Bronx have been added to the lineup for the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

The Martinez Brothers

The full roster was announced Tuesday (Jan. 3) on the festival’s official website, and features Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar as the headliners for both weekends of the fest. Also featured in the lineup are the xx, Travis Scott, Father John Misty, Future, Bon Iver, DJ Snake, Tove Lo, DJ Khaled and New Order.

It’s the latest high-profile gig for The Martinez Brothers, comprised of brothers Steven and Chris Martinez.

They’ll appear at the SXM Festival in March.

Taking place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, over the weekends of April 14-16 and April 21-23,

Passes for Coachella will go on sale at 11:00 am PST on Wednesday, January 4.

Check out the full list of artists below.

Coachella-2017-Lineup

 

Hernandez to Serve as a Presenter at the MTV Video Music Awards

Laurie Hernandez is ready to make music… or at least a music-related announcement.

The 16-year-old Puerto Rican gymnast, a member of the gold-winning Final Five and a silver medalist on the balance beam at the 2016 Rio Games, is heading to the MTV Video Music Awards.

Laurie Hernandez

Hernandez and her teammates, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian, will present awards at Sunday’s show in New York City.

Jimmy Fallon, Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Puff Daddy will also present awards, while attendees at Madison Square Garden will include Kanye West, Bryson Tiller, 2 Chainz, DNCE, Desiigner and Troye Sivan.

Britney Spears, Rihanna, Future, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas and the Chainsmokers will perform during the live show.

Beyonce is the leading nominee with 11, followed by Adele with eight nominations.

Beyonce, Adele, West, Justin Bieber and Drake will compete for video of the year.

Yandel Releases Official Music Video for “Nunca me olvides”

Yandel is making sure he’s unforgettable

 

Yandel

After premiering his new music video “Nunca me olvides” on Tidal on July 12, the 39-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer-songwriter has made the new clip available on YouTube for all his fans to watch.

The “Nunca me olvides” video, directed by Carlos R. Pérez and filmed in Los Angeles last month, is the first one Yandel premieres under Jay Z‘s Roc Nation.

“Nunca me olvides” is featured on Yandel’s latest album Dangerous which features collaborations with Lil Jon, French Montana, Tego Calderon, De La Ghetto, Spiff TV and Future.

Fabolous to Perform at This Year’s Made in America Festival

Fabolous is Made to order…

The 37-year-old half-Dominican American hip hop artist and “Make Me Better” singer will perform at this year’s Made in America Festival this September.

Fabolous

Produced by Live Nation and sponsored by Anheuser–Busch,the event features several stages that continuously host live music from a wide range of genres including hip hop, rock, pop, R&B, and EDM.

This year’s Made in America festival will take place on September 5 and 6 at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

Headlined by Beyoncé and the Weeknd, the event will also include performances by Axwell & IngrossoJ. Cole, BassnectarModest MouseDeath Cab for Cutie, Meek MillBig Sean, Future and more.

Click here to view the full lineup.