Peter Kramer/NBCThe I Love The 90s Tour will be around a while longer.
The top-selling tour, which originally announced 29 dates, is now adding an additional 32 dates at arenas nationwide. The additional stops come after an overwhelming fan demand and sold out shows. The tour is now scheduled to last through November 19th in Cincinnati, OH.
All-4-One, Biz Markie, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Kid ‘n Play, Salt-N-Pepa,Tone Loc, Vanilla Ice and Young MC make up the star-studded line-up of iconic 90’s artists. Fans of that music era will also get to hear chart-topping hits like “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “Shoop,” "Ice, Ice Baby,”“Just A Friend,” “Funky Cold Medina,” “It Takes Two” and “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Kid ‘n Play and All-4-One all performed on NBC's Today show on Friday, giving fans a taste of what they can expect.
The I Love The 90’s Tour kicked off last month in South Carolina. For more information including the full line up and upcoming tour dates visit their website.
ABC RadioCompton's own Kendrick Lamar inducting his hometown's own N.W.A. will be one of the many highlights of HBO's telecast of this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, airing this Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET.
The "Poetic Justice" rapper offered a thoughtful introduction to his hip-hop predecessors, acknowledging that they paved the way for him and hip-hop by representing an image that was real and accurate.
"The fact that a famous group can be, look just like one of us, can dress like one of us, talk like one of us, proved to every single kid in the ghetto that you can be successful and still have your voice while doing it!" he said passionately.
Ice Cube, who was more reflective about his journey as an artist, expressed that the group's founder, his late band mate Eazy E, would have been proud of their achievements.
"This is his vision. He wanted us to be honest, he wanted us to be truthful, say what we feel, he didn't care if we got any record play, he didn't even care if we got signed to a major label, all he cared about was for our story to be recognized and heard," he said.
While each surviving member of N.W.A. -- Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella and Dr. Dre -- offered their thoughts on the legacy of the group, Cube made sure to leave a lasting impression for those who questioned if hip-hop could transcend a specific music genre, saying "The question is, are we rock and roll? And I say, "You G**-damn right we rock and roll!"
Credit: Alan SilfenAs the music world mourns the loss of pop icon Prince, celebrities and artists who had the opportunity to work with the eccentric musician provide anecdotal stories of the singer -- including Lionel Richie, who says that the "Purple Rain" artist refused to do the "We Are the World" collaboration simply because he didn't want to.
According to Richie, who co-wrote the 1985 charity song with Michael Jackson, Prince was invited to participate in the A-list collaborative effort, but declined last minute.
"I mean, I sat on the phone with him for the longest time," Richie told Access Hollywood. "I said, 'Prince, we're all down [here] waiting on you.' He says, 'Can I do it in a separate room?' 'Okay, I'll call you back later.'"
Lionel continued, "I would love to tell you that that's different from anything else he's ever done. That's just Prince. Of course he's not going to be at a group of singers at the time when we want him to show up."
Richie also revealed that he had to try real hard to get the singer to attend the American Music Awards that year, which Lionel hosted, but according to the "All Night Long" singer, it was difficult "to talk him into showing up."
Parkwood/ColumbiaBeyonce fans, rejoice: Amex and Uber are making it possible for you to see yout Queen Bee live on her Formation World Tour.
American Express is giving out free tickets to the tour through a joint promotion with rideshare company Uber. American Express says it’s making hundreds of tickets available across 20 cities, with both cardholders and non-cardholders will have a chance to win.
If you're lucky enough to win, an Uber driver will arrive with two free tickets to see Beyonce, and give you a free round-trip ride to the concert.
For more information on how to participate, go to Uber.com.
The Formation World Tour kicked off this week in Miami, Florida at Marlins Park stadium. Jay Z, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Michelle Williams were all seen front and center there for the show.
Photo credit: Dan MartensenToronto rapper Drake opened up about his strained relationship with label mate Nicki Minaj, his appreciation of Kanye West, and his love for Taylor Swift in a candid interview with Beats 1's Zane Lowe before his Global Listening Event Thursday night.
Speaking to the British DJ, Drake addressed the current relationship between him and Nicki Minaj, explaining that it was "still all love" and that the beef between him and Meek Mill did strain -- but did not destroy -- his love for the "Starships" rapper.
"I don’t really talk to Nicki. Again, another person that I have a lot of love and respect for," said Drake. "Not only for our past and how much work and time we put in, but even with the way she dealt with the [Meek Mill rivalry]. I understand what love is, and I understand a personal situation. She dealt with me how I would expect her to which was with class. I could only ever do the same."
Drizzy also shared his utmost respect for Chi-town rapper Kanye West. Drake talks about being Ye's neighbor in Calabasas, California, and how he's planning on collaborating with the Good Music head honcho.
"I take pride in being Kanye West's neighbor. He has a phenomenal pool. His pool's gotta be like half a football field ... Mine was designed to outdo Hugh Hefner’s pool. I’m willing to sell it for $100 million," Drake says. "We have a few things that we’ve worked on. It’s all about finding a place for it. ‘Ye is one of my favorite people in the world ... I hope we get some more music out. We were supposed to do a mixtape, album together."
While Kanye's had a tumultuous relationship with pop star Taylor Swift, Drake deems the former country star "angelic".
“I love Taylor too, man. She’s just such a sweetheart for doing that [Apple commercial] and just in general. She’s angelic to me man.” Drake's referring to the commercial where Swift jogs on a treadmill and raps along to Drake and Future's "Jumpman," ultimately falling flat on her face. Sales of the single after the spot did just the opposite.
VIEWS is out now and available from all the usual outlets.
Jazmine Sullivan (Photo by Guy Aroch)Grammy nominated singer, Jazmine Sullivan, has teamed up with Refinery 29 and BKSTG to create a video for her song "Masterpiece."
The song, which promotes the message of self love, was released as part of Jazmine's 2015 album, Reality Show.
In the new video, Jazmine poses in front of an art class as the model for the day.
The songstress spoke about her experience in an interview with Refinery 29, saying, ""I’m always nervous when it comes to being filmed... I have my own insecurities, like every other woman, but I felt that it was necessary to show [myself] in this way and to show the curvy woman’s body in this way, [in order] for it to be celebrated."
Sullivan is currently on tour promoting Reality Show. Her new video, Masterpiece is out and available on Youtube.
Lloyd Bishop/NBCIggyAzalea dropped by Late Night on Thursday to plug her upcoming second studio album, Digital Distortion, and also helped host Seth Meyers out with one of his recurring sketches in which he explains the newest teen slang.
The sketch features Meyers explaining the "hot new slang the kids are using." For Thursday's bit, he gave the definitions for supposedly new slang words and phrases and brought the 25-year-old Australian rapper to give examples of how they're used in conversation.
The new slang terms included: "Whilefi" -- the socially sensible amount of time you need to be at someone's party before asking for the wi-fi password.
Azaleas example: "This party sucks because I have to talk to people, but soon, I'll be all up in Safari. Hashtag Whilefi."
Another of Meyers' teen slang words: "Broachella," which he defines as "a concert mostly attended by middle-aged ladies."
Iggy's example: "My mom and Auntie Cathy are dragging me to a Celine Dion concert this weekend. Hashtag "Broachella."
Other slang terms included, "Kasich" -- "A guy who has no chance, but keeps trying anyway," and "WhoDatWhoDat" -- "What your mom says when you're watching a movie with her."
Later, Azalea sat down for an interview with Meyers and discussed about several things, including a tattoo on her foot that she hid from her mother when they were on the beach by wearing socks.
She also talked about her new album, which, unlike the first, won't include any guest appearances by other artists. "I did have kind of like a crazy year. Last year was a big year for me in my life," the "Fancy" rapper explains. "And so, I wanted to think about it in some way, still a way that was fine and people could enjoy. But I felt like it was really important for me to be the one delivering that message."
Azalea also performed "Team," the first single from Digital Distortion, set to come out in June.
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesAuthorities have obtained a search warrant for Prince’s Paisley Park estate, but the court has authorized sealing it, ABC News confirmed Thursday.
Disclosing the details of what the sheriff’s deputies are searching for, court documents say, could compromise the investigation.
The paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs were found in Prince’s possession and at his home.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office has contacted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration about the possibility of assisting in the investigation if the pharmaceuticals are found to be related to the singer's death.
The sheriff’s office says no active work is being done by the DEA at this time because the toxicology work has yet to be completed.
The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs, and a DEA official says the agency stands ready to assist if it is needed.
The week before Prince died at the age of 57, he was rushed to the hospital in Illinois, where, his rep told ABC News, he was treated for the flu.
Then, last Thursday, the music legend was pronounced dead at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota. The next day, the chief medical examiner at the Midwest Medical Examiner's office performed an autopsy on the singer's body to determine his cause of death. A report, which will include toxicology results, could "likely take weeks," according to the medical examiner's office.
Parkwood/ColumbiaThe Queen Bey is not letting her "haters" take her off her A-game as she is fighting back with her own "Boycott Beyonce" merchandise.
Beyonce fans were seen sporting the new shirts during the first stop on her Formation Tour on Wednesday in Miami. One fan commented on the new T saying, "Beyoncé is selling a boycott beyoncé shirt LMFAOOOO QUEEN BETTER MAKE MONEY OFF THOSE HATERS. WHAT KIND OF SLAY?!"
The decision to sell the shirts comes in part as a response to the mixed emotions for the political and racially charged "Formation" music video.
According to The Miami New Times,Chief of Miami's police union, Javier Ortiz, had urged officers to boycott Beyoncé's concert in the city, claiming the singer "used this year's Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message shows how she does not support law enforcement." However, the boycott was short-lived as a Miami Police Department spokesman confirmed that several cops were scheduled to work the event and the concert was to be "fully staffed."
Beyonce addressed the "Formation" backlash in an ELLE Magazine interview saying, "[But] anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe."
Whitney HoustonOscar winning director, Kevin Macdonald is set to direct a theatrical feature documentary about the life of Whitney Houston.
The feature, which is the first documentary to be officially authorized by her estate, is said to be a complete story of Whitney's life from the point of view of those who knew her best.
The film, which will be produced by Oscar winner Simon Chinn, will include an interview with Clive Davis, founder and president of Arista Records, who is credited for bringing Houston to super stardom.
In an interview with Variety, Macdonald explains how the documentary will highlight the singer like never before:
“The story that is never told about Whitney is just how brilliant she was as an artist; by many measures she had the greatest voice of the last 50 years. She changed the way pop music was sung — bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots. She was also completely unique in being a black pop star who sold in countries where black artists don’t traditionally sell.”
Macdonald adds, "I want to reveal a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew; and a woman those new to her life and music will never forget."
Eric McCandless/CBSToronto rapper Drake is taking a page out of Kanye West's playbook: the OVO rapper has decided to change the title of his latest album from Views from the 6, to just VIEWS.
According to FADER magazine the name change has been confirmed by Universal Music Canada. More to the point, Drake has been promoting the album with #VIEWS hashtag tweets. The rapper delivered the album's official track listing yesterday, tweeting, "#VIEWSTracklist".
The 20-track LP will include the previously released songs “Controlla,” “One Dance,” “Pop Style,” and “Hotline Bling.” It's set to be released April 29.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCAustralian rapper Iggy Azalea is clarifying her latest online rant which criticized Beyonce for referring to Jay-Z's alleged side chick as "Becky".
In a series of tweets that started on Tuesday, Azalea expressed her irritation with the word, schooling fans on why she found the term offensive and stereotypical. The Aussie rapper explained that "Becky" was created to describe a white woman's proclivity to perform oral sex. She compared the use of the word to calling a black woman, "Sha Nay Nay" or an Asian woman, "Ming Lee."
While many of Azelea's fans disagreed with her assessment of Beyonce's use of the word from the "Sorry" track on Lemonade, the "Fancy" rapper stuck to her guns, saying, "the point is: no one likes to be called out their name or generalized. the end."
Apparently, though, Iggy felt the collective pressure of the Beyhive. She further tweeted Wednesday, "No i dont think Beyonce is racist nor do i think calling someone "BECKY" is the same as a racial slur. I actually like her and the project".
Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup for Parkwood EnterainmentBeyonce launched her Formation World Tour in Miami on Wednesday evening with a nod to her husband, Jay Z, the subject of infidelity rumors thanks to her new album, Lemonade.
She closed her set at Marlins Park by dedicating a performance of "Halo" to the rapper, who was in the audience.
"I want to dedicate this song to my beautiful husband," she said. "Boo boo, I love you so much."
Earlier in the night, Bey sang the Lemonade track that's spurred much speculation about the state of her marriage, "Sorry" -- which includes the now-famous lyric, "He better call Becky with the good hair."
Beyonce took time in front of the Miami crowd to acknowledge the death of Prince last week. "Prince, thank you for your beautiful music," she said. "God, thank you for speaking through a beautiful artist that inspired all of us."
At one point, "Purple Rain" was played during a costume change break, with a screen on stage displaying the color purple.
The Formation World Tour continues Friday in Tampa.
Here’s the set list for Bey’s Formation tour:
"Formation" "Sorry" "Flawless" "Run the World" "Mine" "Baby Boy"/"Standing on the Sun" "Hold Up" "Countdown" "Me, Myself and I" "Running (Naughty Boy)" "All Night" -- her favorite track from album "Don’t Hurt Yourself" "Ring the Alarm" "Naughty Girl"/"Independent Woman"/"Diva" "Flawless Remix" "Feeling Myself" "Yonce" "7/11" "Drunk in Love" "Rocket" "Daddy Lessons" "Single Ladies" "Purple Rain" (Prince cover) "Crazy in Love"/"Bootylicious" "Naughty Girl" "Party" "Blow"/"Nasty Girl" "Sweet Dreams" (Eurhythmics cover) "Freedom" "Survivor" "End of Time/Grown Woman" "Halo"
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesABC News has learned prescription drugs were found in Prince's possession and at his home the day he died.
It's still too early to know if the drugs had anything to do with his death. However, the Carver County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota has contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration about helping with the investigation, if needed.
If the drugs are found to be a factor, the DEA would then get involved. The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs.
Prince died last Thursday at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at the age of 57. An autopsy was completed Friday, but a cause of death has not yet been revealed. The results of toxicology tests might take weeks.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CoachellaDrake on Wednesday gave his fans a view of the track list for his new album.
The rapper tweeted a list of songs that will appear on Views, which drops on Friday. There are 20 songs in all, including the singles "One Dance" featuring Wizkid & Kyla; "Pop Style" featuring The Throne, better known as Jay Z and Kanye West; and the hit "Hotline Bling," which is featured as a bonus track.
Earlier this week, Drake and Future announced dates for their Summer Sixteen Tour, which launches July 20 in Austin, Texas. Additional dates were revealed Wednesday.
Photo credit: Dan MartensenToronto rapper Drake is allowing the world to preview his new album, Views from the 6, on Thursday night. The OVO rapper has announced a world-wide listening party that will air as part of the OVOSOUND radio program on Beats 1.
Drake shared the news online via his Twitter account, saying, "Tune into OVOSOUND Radio on Beats 1 this Thursday at 7PM PST / 10PM EST / 3AM GMT @applemusic. #VIEWS."
The singles “Summer Sixteen,” “One Dance,” and “Pop Style” are expected to be on the LP and it is reported to feature 20 tracks.
Views From The 6 is scheduled to be officially released on April 29.
Johnny Nunez/WireImageMathew Knowles is speaking out about his daughter's latest project Lemonade claiming he knows who "Becky with the good hair" is.
The former Destiny's Child manager tells E! News, "Let me tell you who she’s talking about. Can I tell you who she’s talking about? She’s talking about you. You put that in context for you personally. She’s talking about you and everybody that is you, that’s who she’s talking about,” he explains.
He adds, "I think that's the beauty of her creativity and I think that's what makes it so special, is that it relates to everyone."
Rhino; Warner Bros.Prince will continue his reign over the Billboard charts for the second straight week. According to Billboard, industry insiders predict the late music icon could have five albums in the top 10 on next week's Billboard 200 chart.
This week, Prince's 2001 compilation album The Very Best of Prince took the number-one spot on the chart, with the Purple Rain soundtrack ranking second. Those two are also expected to chart high next week, along with two more of his greatest-hits albums -- The Hits/The B-Sides and Ultimate -- and his 1982 album, 1999.
The Very Best of Prince is estimated to sell more than 200,000 copies in week two, with a total equivalent album unit figure of more than 350,000. It's likely to get knocked out of the top spot by Beyonce's Lemonade, which was released on April 23.
The new chart, dated May 14, will reflect the tracking week ending April 28 -- the first full chart week following Prince's death on April 21. It will be revealed on Sunday, May 1.