Def Jam RecordingsChicago hip-hop artist Lil Durk's hotly anticipated album, LIL DURK 2X, arrived Friday from Def Jam Recordings. The studio project, which follows his 2015 debut album Remember My Name, features an array of major recording artists, including Dej Loaf, Future, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign and Yo Gotti.
Durk says that fans will be treated to even better-sounding tracks from those heard on his first studio effort. "I got more potential hits," he tells to Billboard. "More beat selection."
He also credits his 2 and 4-year-old sons, who are both featured on the cover of the standard edition disc, as his motivation to succeed. "My job is to put 'em up somewhere, playing baseball, soccer. I don't want my kids to be on the streets period. I want my kids to be nerds," he tells Billboard.
Before his solo ascent, Durk worked with notable artists such as Juelz Santana, Meek Mill and Chief Keef on as a featured guest. He was signed to Def Jam in 2014. In the same year, XXL placed him on its Freshman Class cover, along with Chance the Rapper and Rich Homie Quan.
You can buy the standard and digital deluxe editions of LIL DURK 2X through various digital streaming music platforms and online stores. Here are both album tracklists:
LIL DURK 2X Digital Deluxe Version
"Check" "LilDurk2x" "Hated On Me" featuring Future "So What" featuring Young Thug "She Just Wanna" featuring Ty Dolla $ign "Money Walk" featuring Yo Gotti "Glock Up" "Rich N****" "True" "Set It Off" "Super Powers" "My Beyoncé" featuring Dej Loaf "Make It Back"
LIL DURK 2X Standard Version
"Check" "LilDurk2x" "So What" featuring Young Thug "She Just Wanna" featuring Ty Dolla $ign "Money Walk" featuring Yo Gotti "Glock Up" "Rich N****" "True" "Set It Off" "Super Powers" "My Beyoncé" featuring Dej Loaf
Getty ImagesThe Weeknd has skyrocketed to the A-list. The Canadian singer-songwriter performed at Leonardo DiCaprio's third-annual gala, for the Hollywood actor's Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, in St. Tropez, France this Wednesday.
Peoplereported Thursday that fellow recording artists Lana del Rey and Andrea Bocelli also entertained DiCaprio's celebrity guests, who included Mariah Carey, Chris Rock, actor Jonah Hill and model Joan Smalls.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation was founded in 1998 to raise research funding for and awareness about issues concerning environmental issues around the globe.
Warner Bros. RecordsIt's been five long years, but Gucci Mane's latest studio album, Everybody Looking, is finally available everywhere today.
Recorded over a period of six days, the album comes after his early release from prison in May and features the hit singles "1st Day Out tha Feds," "Back on Road (Gucci Mane & Drake)" and "All My Children."
"1st Day Out tha Feds" garnered nearly one million SoundCloud plays in the first 12 hours of its debut on May 27. His latest single, "Guwop Home," which features Young Thug, is available to purchase on standard digital streaming platforms and its music video is currently streaming on Mane's YouTube channel.
To commemorate the arrival of Mane's new album, the recording artist has scheduled his first live performance, since leaving prison, for July 22. Called Gucci Mane & Friends, the concert will take place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia and will be streamed live via Revolt TV online at 8 p.m. ET.
ABC/Randy HolmesIn a recent interview with Rap Radar, music mogul Jermaine Dupri talked about his relationship with Jay Z, and revealed some exciting news about Hov's forthcoming studio album.
"I've spoken to Hov, even at the Beyonce concert...I know the name of Hov's new album and everything right now," says Dupri. After his interviewers erupt with laughter, Dupri says that the album "might be done."
"I don't know! I'm saying it might be done," he continues.
Jay Z's last studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, was released in 2013 and topped the Billboard 200 chart.
Dan Martensen/eOne Entertainment GroupDrake did not go home after his Summer Sixteen concert date in Dallas on Thursday night without dissing rapper Joe Budden. "I should have brought Joe Budden up here and let him do 'Pump It Up' one time tonight. Pump, pump, pump it up. F*** them n*****," he is heard saying in a Twitter video posted by DJ Akademiks, mocking Joe's famous 2003 track, "Pump It Up."
Drake's fighting words are part of an ongoing feud between the "One Dance" artist and Budden, which began in April when Budden gave his no-holds-barred opinion of Drake's chart-topping album, Views, on an episode of his I'll Name This Podcast Latershow.
"I think that that kid on that album that I heard sounds real f****** uninspired," he said. "For a n**** that is crowned King of Introspection, he's been at the top of this music game for years. What has he told you different from Take Care to this album?" he continued.
After this podcast, Drake fired back on the track "4pm in Calabasas," in which he took shots at Budden, Chris Brown, Puffy Daddy and other fellow artists.
Drake is currently on the road for his Summer Sixteen Tour with Future.
Trae Patton/CBSBaby Luna got quite the exclusive tour visit during her vacation with parents John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. The three-month-old daughter of the celebrity couple is currently spending her first vacation in Italy with Legend and Teigen, who brought Luna to the Lake Como, Italy house where the singer's "All of Me" music video was shot and their love affair began. The singer and model married in the Lombardy region in 2013.
On Thursday, Legend posted an adorable picture on Instagram of Luna smiling, with the caption "Someone is enjoying her first vacation." To make the special vacation even more memorable, the wedded couple recreated a scene from the music video, which Teigen also posted on Instagram, set to the chorus of "All of Me."
Getty Images via ABCGet ready to witness Rihanna in outer space! The seductive R&B singer's next big film role -- in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets -- reportedly will drop jaws, and one lucky audience caught a glimpse of Rih Rih's opening scene in the flick at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.
The name of her character is currently unknown, but what is certain is that Rih performs a sexy dance number for the main character, Valerian, in a brothel, while sporting a "Sally Bowles look," reports Vulture.
Dane DeHaan, who plays Valerian, says he worked on the scene with Rihanna for two weeks and that her part is "so crazy," adding, "You guys don't even know."
Unfortunately, you will have to wait until next summer to see Rihanna's insane turn in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets -- the movie will make its debut in theaters July 2017. It stars DeHaan and Cara Delevigne as interstellar agents negotiating with good aliens and destroying evil ones.
Atlantic RecordsJust a week after releasing her single, "CRZY," Kehlani has graced fans with another new song, called "Distraction."
With a throwback '90s R&B sound, the track from the singer describes her need for a casual relationship with a man who is "down to be a distraction." "I need you to give me your time. I need you to not wanna be mine," she sings.
Kehlani continues to keep her name in the limelight before the highly anticipated release of her debut album, set for release this fall. She recently wrapped filming scenes for rapper Belly's "You" music video, reports Rap-Up, and is scheduled to perform with rapper G-Eazy at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado this September.
Richard KnappTito Jackson may be the last of the Jackson siblings to have a solo chart hit, but he may be the first to have his own line dance.
Jackson's single, "Get It Baby," featuring hip-hop icon Big Daddy Kane, has spawned its own "Tito Dance," also know as the "Get It Baby Line Dance," and will be showcased at the National Line Dance Convention in Las Vegas on July 29.
Meanwhile, the 62-year-old Jackson is performing a gig on July 30 for the Campo Bahia Resort & Friends event at the Campo Bahia venue in Santo Andre, Brazil.
"Get it Baby" will appear on Jackson's forthcoming album, Tito Time, which will be released on November 4.
He and his wife, Alicia Etheredge, are the proud parents of a baby girl.
The singer announced on Instagram Thursday night, “Just had a baby girl 10 pounds.” He didn't post a picture of the baby to go with the message, but rather one of himself.
This is the third child for the couple, who also have a 12-month-old daughter, BodhiJameson Rein, and a seven-year-old son, Cassius.
It was announced in February that they were expecting.
The baby is Brown's seventh child total. Brown lost Bobbi Kristina, his daughter with Whitney Houston, in July of 2015. Bobbi Kristina, who was 22, was found unconscious in her bathtub earlier that year.
ABCAndra Day, Alessia Cara and country group Little Big Town joined '90s superstars Boyz II Men, En Vogue, Seal, Bonnie Raitt and Montell Jordan to explore the years 1990-1995 on Thursday night’s episode of ABC’s musical tribute show Greatest Hits.
Day teamed up with legendary blues singer and “bad chick” Bonnie Raitt for a duet of Bonnie’s 1994 hit, “Love Sneakin’ Up on You.” Next, the pair, who first met at this year’s Grammy Awards back in February, joined forces for a powerful version of Andra’s “Rise Up.”
“Here” singer Alessia Cara put her stamp on U2’s “One,” a 1991 hit the 19-year-old – who wasn’t even born when the song was released -- considers timeless for its message of conflict in love.
The evening also included En Vogue performing “Free Your Mind,” Seal reprising his classic “Kiss from A Rose,” Montell Jordan delivering his R&B smash “This Is How We Do It” and Boyz II Men singing their 1991 hit, “Motownphilly.”
Thursday’s show also saw Little Big Town put their spin on the Oasis hit “Wonderwall,”with the band giving the 1995 song a southern twist.
Greatest Hits returns next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Randy HolmesRita Ora has been tapped to host the revived version of America's Next Top Model.
She spoke about her new role on the VH1 competition with USA Today, which broke the news.
“The approach I wanted to have as a host and judge to the girls is what my career stands for at this moment in time, which is being a businesswoman and being able to do multiple things at the same time, whether it’s music or shooting (magazine covers) and being in movies and designing clothes,” Ora says.
Ora steps in for Tyra Banks, who remains as executive producer. The singer has reality TV experience -- she was a judge on the U.K.'s versions of The Voice and The X Factor.
America's Next Top Model moves to VH1 this fall after 22 seasons on UPN and the CW, which cancelled the show last December. The new judges, according to USA Today, are model Ashley Graham; Drew Elliott, the chief creative officer of Paper magazine; and stylist Law Roach.
In the same USA Today interview, Ora, who split from Jay Z's Roc Nation and signed with Atlantic Records this year, mentions that she's working on a new album.
WEtvGrammy winning sister duo Mary Mary are scheduled to perform their single "Back to You" on the Fox television show The Preachers this Friday.
The ballad, co-written by both sisters Erica and Tina Campbell, will be featured on the movie soundtrack for the forthcoming film remake of Ben-Hur.
The new single marks Mary Mary's first original song written by the pair release since their 2012 studio album Go Get It debuted. The Campbell sisters have pursued solo careers and star in their WEtv reality series, Mary Mary. Tina is set to embark on a free fall concert tour with her husband, gospel singer and drummer Teddy Campbell.
You can catch Mary Mary performing "Back to You" this Friday, July 22 on select Fox stations. CheckThe Preachers' website for local air times.
Scott GriesJermaine Dupri is opening up about his ex, Janet Jackson, revealing that he's still a fan of the Unbreakable artist and that they actually discussed having kids one day.
Although he hasn't spoken to his ex in years, he’s still a big supporter of her music.
"I did tweet her album out when it came out,” he tells ABC Radio. “I tweeted it out like you know make sure people went and bought it."
The producer and songwriter, who currently is gearing up for the second season of his reality competition series The Rap Game, dated Jackson for seven years, splitting in 2009.
To Jermaine, the news of Janet's pregnancy with husband Wissam Al Mana wasn't such a surprise. "It was something that she wanted to do, I'm sure,” he says. And, he adds, it was something the couple discussed. “I had a daughter at the time. So yeah, it's something that we talked about," Dupri explains.
These days Dupri says he's all about business -- his two network shows, BET's Music Moguls and Lifetime's The Rap Game, in addition to his own music and supporting his artists.
Yet, even with all his accomplishments, Jermaine says many people just care about his relationship with Janet. "Why don't ya'll just tell her that ya'll still wish that we were still together and that ya'll don't really care for anything going on with her unless I'm involved," he jokes.
The Rap Game season two premieres Friday, July 22 on Lifetime.
Dove Entertainment LLCThe 20th anniversary of the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Awards television show happens on November 11 and is slated to return to New York City during Hip-Hop History Month. Iconic MC Roxanne Shante will co-host the event, which will be taped live at the United Palace Theater in New York City, to be broadcast on television for American audiences at a later date.
"This will be the 20th anniversary of the first HHHOF Awards show that was broadcast in syndication television and on the BET Cable Network in 1996," says co-producer Kenny 'DJ Lord Yoda X.' "That show inducted the Legendary Run DMC & the late Jam Master Jay, DJ Red Alert, Grandmaster Flash, the Zulu Nation, Eazy E, as we watched history in the making," he says. This year's Hip-Hop Hall of Fame inductees will be revealed during the Harlem Week Celebration at the famed Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem.
You can pre-order tickets for the ceremony on Friday, July 22. A limited amount of VIP tickets also will be available.
Island Records2 Chainz released a music video on Wednesday to announce his new partnership with the luxury liqueur brand, Hpnotiq.
The video is titled "Not Invited" and you can view it on Hpnotiq's Instagram account in threeseparateparts. All three video clips feature Chainz's French bulldog, Trappy, as both weave their way through a heady house party.
Hpnotiq has collaborated with other rappers in the past, including Cam'ron and Yung Jake. Their partnership with 2 Chainz is part of their #SINCE2001 campaign, according to Brittany Capito, senior brand manager. "We're excited to continue building upon the success of #SINCE2001 with this digital campaign," she says. "The most iconic hip-hop songs and videos of the 2000s featured Hpnotiq, and we are proud to collaborate with one of the most celebrated artists of 2016, as we usher Hpnotiq into the future."
Universal MusicDesiigner's new single is here, and it's quite the Auto-Tuned head banger. Called "Tiimmy Turner," the track exudes a sinister sound that would be right at home on a horror movie's soundtrack. The song, which was originally a freestyle rap performed for XXL Magazine's 2016 Freshman Class issue this year, debuted on Thursday.
The new track also follows the recent release of Desiigner's debut mixtape, New English.Desiigner turned heads in the music industry after his debut single, "Panda," rose to number one on the BillboardHot 100 in May and his electrifying performance at the BET Awards.
"Tiimmy Turner" is now available to stream and download from the usual digital platforms.
Kat MorganThe legal battle, and war of words, between Brandy and her label is continuing.
Back in March, Brandy sued the company for $1 million accusing Chameleon Entertainment and company President Breyon Prescott of refusing to pay for her to record or allow her to release new music.
On Wednesday a rep for Prescott slammed the singer to TMZ all but calling Brandy washed up. The label took a risk in "signing an artist that hasn't had a chart single success since the early 2000," the rep told TMZ.
But a rep for Brandy returned fire saying that if the label thinks so little of Brandy's career prospects it should "release her from the contract."
Brandy's most recent release was the bluesy single "Beggin' & Pleadin'" in January.
Dexter NavyThe magazine quotes an unnamed source close to Jenner as saying that A$AP and Kendall's romance is just casual. "It's a fling. It's not serious," says the source.
The rapper and Jenner started off as friends, then rumors of something more between the two began last month. The pair was spotted on a dinner date, followed by a night of clubbing in Paris during Menswear Fashion Week in June.
Still, Jenner's other rumored beau, Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Jordan Clarkson, remains in the picture. The Daily Mail writes that Clarkson and Jenner "have been partying in West Hollywood recently."
Johnny Nunez/Getty ImagesSolange Knowles is a proud auntie and she wants the world to know it. The singer shared some cute candids of her niece, Blue Ivy in a mini photo shoot posted on Instagram.
Knowles decided to show off Beyonce's daughter by having her pose in a pink ensemble accompanied by a decorative blue flower necklace. The caption to one shot reads, "Gucci campaigns can't even touch her w a pinky toe...#proudauntie."
The singer followed up the first photo with a second one that shows Blue lowering her shades as she looks at the camera. "(Ps: She does her OWN photo edits/selections...as she should)#proudauntie," Solangewrites.
Solange also is a proud momma as the singer celebrated the graduation of her son, Juelz, in May.