Kid Cudi to Co-Headline This Year’s Smoker’s Club Fest

Kid Cudi is bringing the fire back to Southern California this spring…

The 37-year-old half-Mexican American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor will co-headline Smoker’s Club Fest 2022 in Southern California at the end of April.

Kid CudiKid Cudi will headline the festival alongside A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti.

The music festival and joint celebration of hip-hop and cannabis culture will take place at the 65,000-capacity Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California, on Saturday, April 30.

More performers on the festival lineup include: Ferg, Schoolboy Q, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Joey Bada$$, Dom Kennedy, Larry June, Lupe Fiasco, Curren$y, Danny Brown, Rico Nasty, Earl Sweatshirt, Wale, Reason, and Casey Veggies, among many others.

The lineup looks very similar to its 2018 edition, which Cudi also headlined alongside Khalifa and Schoolboy Q in Long Beach.

Rocky and Cudi headlined two different Rolling Loud festivals last year, with Rocky leading Rolling Loud Miami in July 2021 and Cudi kicking off day one of Rolling Loud L.A. in December, where he teased another album.

Rocky, who performed his debut 2011 mixtape Live. Love. ASAP at ComplexCon 2021 last November, has been consistently topping festival bills and teased in his GQ cover story that he was coming out with a new album tentatively titled All Smiles soon. Carti recently wrapped up his Narcissist Tour last month.

Fans can sign up for the special presale, which begins Monday, January 24, at 10:00 am PT, at SmokersClubFest.com.

After the presale, remaining tickets will be available to purchase for the general public at 2:00 pm PT that same day. GA tickets start at $222.99 and VIP tickets start at $408.99.

Antonio Banderas to Star in Millennium’s Crime Thriller “The Enforcer”

It’s enforcement time for Antonio Banderas

The 60-year-old Oscar-nominated actor will star opposite Kate Bosworth and 2 Chainz in Millennium’s crime thriller The Enforcer.

Antonio Banderas

Richard Hughes is on board as director for the project, which is being sold at the Cannes virtual market.

Written by Peter Iliff, the story follows an enforcer who discovers his femme fatale boss is now engaged in crimes even he wouldn’t commit. This puts a young runaway at risk and the enforcer must now put everything on the line to safe the girl from the crime organization he has spent his life working for.

Banderas is the enforcer while Bosworth is the femme fatale. 2 Chainz is a crime kingpin.

Banderas received an Academy Award nomination for his work in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory. He’s currently appearing in Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.

Christina Aguilera Signs with Roc Nation Management

Christina Aguilera is solid as a Roc…

The 39-year-old half-Ecuadorian American Grammy-winning singer has signed with Roc Nation management.

Christina Aguilera

Rumors of the switch sparked when fans noticed the singer’s name and bio on the Roc Nation management roster. Aguilera joins Alicia KeysDJ KhaledMariah CareyMegan Thee StallionMeek MillRihanna and more at the Jay-Z-founded agency.

Aguilera was previously managed by industry executive Irving Azoff, with whom she signed in 2000 after filing a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against her previous manager Steve Kurtz.

The pop singer’s most recent album, Liberation, debuted (and peaked) at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2018. It was her seventh top 10 on the chart.

Accelerate,” which features Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz, became her 10th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart.

Cardi B to Headline This Year’s Mala Luna Music Festival

Cardi B’s mala luna is rising…

The 25-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation has been announced as the headlining act for the third annual Mala Luna Music Festival, taking place during the Halloween weekend (October 27-28) in San Antonio.

Cardi B

The two-day festival will also have Puerto Rican urban singer Nicky Jam as a headliner, offering concertgoers their most diverse lineup yet.

In its third anniversary, Mala Luna will keep its hip-hop and EDM essence while adding some of the biggest names in the Latin music industry to its lineup, including DJ Deorro, and Becky G.

Other artists in the lineup include 2 ChainzLil PumpDillon Francis and Tyler the Creator.

The Mala Luna Music Festival will take place at the Nelson Wolff Stadium in San Antonio,

Single-day or weekend tickets are available at www.MalaLuna.com.

Christina Aguilera Launching First Tour in 10 Years

Christina Aguilera is hittin’ the road again…

The 37-year-old half-Ecuadorian American has announced official plans for the Liberation Tour, Aguilera’s first tour since 2008.

Christina Aguilera

Produced by Live Nation, the 22-city trek will kick off in the fall with a September 25 stop in Hollywood, Florida, at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Aguilera’s tour includes dates in Boston, Detroit, Denver, Los Angeles and Atlanta before wrapping up in St. Petersburg, Florida, on November 13.

The tour will offer Aguilera’s fans a chance to see her in relatively intimate venues, including New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Chicago Theatre.

The singer’s new album, Liberation, will be released on June 15 and every online ticket purchased for the tour will include a standard CD copy of the release.

The first song from the collection, “Accelerate,” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz), dropped last week and she will perform the new track “Fall in Line” with Demi Lovato at the Billboard Music Awards on May 20.

American Express card members can buy tickets before the general public beginning on Monday, May 14 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, May 17 at 10 pm ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, May 18 at 10 am ET here.

Here are the Liberation Tour dates:

Sept. 25 — Hollywood FL @ Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sept. 28 — Atlantic City, NJ @ Mark G. Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sept. 30 — Washington, DC @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Oct. 3 — New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct. 4 — New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct. 6 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct. 8 — Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
Oct. 11 — Orillia, ON @ Casino Rama Resort
Oct. 13 — Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre Detroit
Oct. 16 — Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
Oct. 17 — Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
Oct. 19 — Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Oct. 22 — Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre – Oakland
Oct. 24 — Indio, CA @ Fantasy Spring Resort Casino
Oct. 26 — Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
Oct. 27 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Oct. 29 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Nov. 1 — Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Nov. 3 — Thackerville, OK @ WinStar World Casino and Resort
Nov. 4 — Tulsa, OK @ Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort
Nov. 6 — St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
Nov. 9 — New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Nov. 11 — Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre Atlanta
Nov. 13 — St. Petersburg, FL @ The Mahaffey Theatre

Cardi B Lands Four Singles in Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs Chart

Cardi B is the company of music royalty on the Billboard charts…

The 25-year-old half-Dominican American rap, who was 2017’s breakout star, joins Beyonce, aka Queen B, as the only two female artists to have four songs land in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart at the same time.

Cardi B

G-Eazy’s “No Limit,” featuring Cardi B, sits at number 2, Migos’ “Motorsport,” with Cardi B, follows at No. 4. “Bodak Yellow” sits at number 5, while her latest single “Bartier Cardi” is currently at No. 9.

Beyonce accomplished the feat in 2016 with songs from her Lemonade album. This included “Sorry,” “Formation,” “Hold Up,” and “6 inch,” featuring The Weekend.

The news of Cardi B’s recent Bey-sized accomplishment comes only a few months after rumors of a possible Cardi B-Beyonce collaboration.

Previously, Cardi B became the first female artist since Lauryn Hill, to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, without a feature. She scored three songs in the top 10 simultaneously. To start the New Year, she was featured on the In Living Color themed, Bruno Mars’ “Finesse Remix,” which she’ll perform at the Grammys.

The two-time Grammy nominated artist, joins a list of other accomplished rappers to achieve the same feat in the past. This list includes Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent and 2 Chainz.

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.

Ashanti to Perform at Def Jam Recordings’ Special 30th Anniversary Concert

Ashanti is ready to (def) jam out!

Def Jam Recordings is celebrating their 30th birthday with a special concert featuring performances from the label’s past and present artists, including the 33-year-old part-Dominican American R&B singer/actress.

Ashanti

Ashanti will be joined by Rick Ross and 2 Chainz at the event slated to take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 16.

Other artists set to take the stage include DMX, Fabolous, Jeremih, EPMD,Foxy Brown, Jhene Aiko, Method Man, Redmanand Ja Rule. More acts will be announced at a later date.

As part of the celebration, Def Jam will also release a limited-edition LP and CD box set featuring a collection of songs curated by Def Jam’s founder Rick Rubin. It also includes a commemorative T-shirt and booklet.

Tickets for the October 16 concert go on sale on August 22. However, those who pre-order the box set will receive an access code to a special pre-sale on August 20.

“It’s very exciting to be able to be part of such a special announcement that solidifies and continues forward the enduring mark the brand has made on pop culture,” said Steve Bartels, CEO of Def Jam Recordings, in a statement.

Fifth Harmony Receives First MTV Video Music Awards Nomination

Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui and Ally Brooke Hernandez and their fellow Fifth Harmony band mates have earned their first MTV Video Music Awards nomination…

The all-girl girl, formed by Simon Cowell during the second season of Fox’s The X Factor, earned the nod in the MTV Artist to Watch category for its “Miss Movin’ On” video.

Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony is up againstSam Smith’s “Stay With Me,”
5 Seconds of Summer’s “She Looks So Perfect,Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” and
Schoolboy Q’s “Man of the Year.”

Aloe Blacc has also earned his first MTV Video Music Awards nod.

The 35-year-old Panamanian-American singer is nominated alongside Avicci in the Best Pop category, againstPharrell Williams’ “Happy,”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX’s “Fancy,” Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz’s “Talk Dirty“
and Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea’s “Problem.

Meanwhile, Pitbull is nominated in the Best Collaboration category alongside Ke$ha for their Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song “Timber.”

Starting Thursday, fans can vote in VMA categories by visiting vma.mtv.com. Nominees for best lyric video, which will be voted on through social media, will be announced at a later date. Voting for MTV Artist to Watch will be done via text messaging to 22444 with the nominee’s name.

The MTV VMAs air live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, August 24, at 9:00 pm ET, with previously announced performances fromAriana Grande, Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer. Additional performers will be announced later.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Beyonce ft. Jay Z – “Drunk in Love”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”

BEST HIP HOP
Eminem – “Bezerk”
Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Childish Gambino – “3005”
Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

BEST MALE
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
John Legend – “All of Me”
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell – “Sing”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “Monster”

BEST FEMALE
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Beyonce – “Partition”
Lorde – “Royals”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

BEST POP
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc – “Wake Me Up”

BEST ROCK
Imagine Dragons – “Demons”
Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know”
The Black Keys – “Fever”
Lorde – “Royals”
Linkin Park – “Until It’s Gone”

MTV ARTIST TO WATCH
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
5 Seconds of Summer  -“She Looks So Perfect”
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
Schoolboy Q – “Man of the Year”
Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”

BEST COLLABORATION
Beyonce ft. Jay Z – “Drunk in Love”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Pitbull ft. Kesha – “Timber”
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “Monster”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down for What”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”
Calvin Harris – “Summer”
Martin Garrix – “Animal”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Angel Haze ft. SIA – “Battle Cry“
Avicii – “Hey Brother”
Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”
J. Cole ft. TLC – “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland – “Dirty Laundry”
David Guetta ft. Mikky Ekko – “One Voice”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
30 Seconds to Mars – “City of Angels”
Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”
Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
Gesaffelstein – “Hate or Glory”
Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

BEST EDITING
Eminem – “Rap God”
MGMT – “Your Life Is a Lie”
Zedd  ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”
Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”
Fitz and The Tantrums – “The Walker”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Sia – “Chandelier”
Beyonce – “Partition”
Usher – “Good Kisser”
Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good”
Jason Derulo ft. 2Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
KIESZA – “Hideaway”

BEST DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down for What”
OK Go  – “The Writing’s on the Wall”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”

BEST ART DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
Tyler, The Creator – “Tamale”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Swizz Beatz Releases New Single “Hands Up”

It’s time to put your Hands Up for Swizz Beatz

The 34-year-old half-Puerto Rican hip-hop artist and record producer has premiered his latest single “Hands Up,” with help from New York City’s Hot 97‘s Funkmaster Flex.

Swizz Beatz

Swizz’s new track is a massive collaboration, featuring four of hip-hop’s brightest stars, Nicki MInaj, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz dropping verses while Swizz Beatz handles the hook.

Weezy kicks off the verses, acknowledging Beatz’s hip-hop greatness with, “Swizz this beat is a beast” and name-dropping Beatz’s wife Alicia Keys. Meanwhile, Minaj reasserts her reign with, “Ayo pass the crown to the real queen,” then “I’m a mogul, yes I am global/ I don’t do Barnes but yes I am noble/ Every interview yes I am their focal, point. I’m in da mansion, flossing, clickin’ cable.”

Maybach Music Group mogul Ross delivers the hip-hop lifestyle rundown, from his Cherokee to his Bugatti and down to his Rolls Royce, the jewels and the “hundred grand.” Chainz rounds it up, commanding the ladies with, “Let me see you pat your weave if you ratchet.”