It’s been twenty years since a new group called Arrested Development slammed the gangsta dominated world of hip hop with defiant lyrics of hope. Apparently the world was ready for the change as AD became the first ever hip-hop artist to receive the “best new artist” Grammy, (a distinction it still maintains today in that category). In addition, the group also received a Grammy award for “best rap single” for their anthemic prayer-like hit song, Tennessee.
Money came in but not for precious stones and big cars. Instead, these pioneers of the conscious rap game took one big step for mankind by giving back and becoming the first African American artists to donate money to Nelson Mandela and the ANC. They used their voices and their status to the benefit of many underprivileged brothers and sisters around the world.
With the success of the single Mr Wendal, Arrested Development brought the issue of homelessness to the forefront. The group donated half of the royalty earnings from Mr Wendal to the National Coalition of the Homeless. Awards, chart success and accolades continued to follow. One of the highlights was being asked to write a song for Spike Lee’s movie about minister and human rights activist, Malcom X. The movie, X, went on to become one of Spike Lee’s most highly acclaimed works. The Arrested Development song, Revolution, would forever be associated with one of the most important movies in black culture. (Eighteen years later, the response that comes whenever the group performs this song is inspiring.
Their album, 3 years, 5 months and 2 days In The Life of…, sold over 4 million units, with singles from that maiden voyage playing like a soundtrack in the lives’ of so many people world wide Their sophomore release Zingalamaduni was a critics’ favorite. Although the album was well received and garnered another Grammy nomination, it failed to reach the same heights as the previous album. Nonetheless, it reached sales in excess of 500,000 copies.
Just as it seemed that positive hip hop had found a way of being embraced by the mainstream, a new wave of negative hip hop artists, demeaning women, glorifying drugs and promoting criminality, came along and energized the base at the corporate record companies, prompting record executives to inject more and more money to get these negative stereotypes into the minds and hearts of young people, of whom many, were desperately searching for their path and identity in life. The move proved to be an enormous success for these artists, while making corporations billions of dollars.
With the pressures of the music industry weighing heavily, and inner turmoil striking within the group, it was time for Arrested Development to take a break and redefine their individual and collective purpose. For some members, it was time to take a hiatus from the industry, for a few, it was time to start a family, while other members delved into new musical projects and collaborations.
In the year 2000, Arrested Development re emerged with a new lineup and a new album called “Heroes of the harvest” This time the inner turmoil was replaced by inner peace, the pressures of the industry were lifted, and one of hip hop’s best, was back rocking stages.
For the last eighteen years, Arrested Development has performed sold-out concerts in literally every part of the world. They continue to release new music and find new success in different corners of the globe. Their shows are a celebration of life. Experiencing an Arrested Development concert is an uplifting and spiritual event wrapped into one big party.
Red Bull Music Shares Documentary The Note: Zaytoven
Trap Holizay The Tour Underway Now
May 7, 2018 — Hollywood, CA — GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum super producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Zaytoven will release his anxiously awaited full-length debut, Trap Holizay, on Friday May 25, 2018.
In addition to “What You Think,” the full tracklisting promises to bring together some of the game’s heaviest heavy hitters behind the production mastery of this game-changing hip-hop maestro. Stay tuned for the full reveal soon.
Excitement continues building for the impending arrival of the record. In an in-depth feature, High Snobiety claimed, “Trap Holizay, is set to be one of the spring’s standout albums.”
Allowing audiences into his world, he recently teamed up with Red Bull Music for a new documentary entitled The Note: Zaytoven. Watch it HERE. The 17-minute film explores his inimitable creative process and story as told by the man himself and those closest to him, including his mom. Additionally, it intercuts archival behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with collaborators and fellow innovators such as Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Young Dolph, Bankroll Fresh, and Cassius Jay. Of the doc, Noisey claimed, “The Note goes deep into how Zaytoven became so essential to rap’s most popular format.” He also recently spoke to Billboard in detail about The Note.
Zaytoven just embarked on his North American headline run—Trap Holizay The Tour. It’s hitting major markets across the country. Check out the remaining dates below.
Trap Holizay season is underway now.
4/24 Spokane, WA
4/25 Castlegar, BC, Canada
4/26 Calgary, Canada
4/27 Vancouver, Canada
4/28 Seattle, WA
4/29 Portland, OR
5/2 Sacramento, CA
5/3 Reno, NV
5/4 Berkeley, CA
5/5 Santa Cruz, CA
5/6 Los Angeles, CA
5/25 Savannah, GA
A true trendsetter, Zaytoven proved integral to the sonic architecture of the Atlanta scene with which he stands synonymous. His influence can easily be felt in nearly every corner of hip-hop and R&B. 2011 saw him win his first GRAMMY® for co-producing and writing “Papers” on Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond. Among countless multiplatinum productions for the likes of Gucci Mane and Migos, he teamed up with Future for seminal 2015 collaborative mixtape, Beast Mode. Everybody from Drake and Nicki Minaj to Rick Ross and Lil Yachty has sought him out.
Unsurprisingly, his musical acumen encompasses more than just beat-making. Born in Germany, raised in San Francisco, and based in Atlanta, Zaytoven’s nickname pays homage to his piano virtuosity. VIBE has hailed him as “Atlanta’s true trap music pioneer” while Complex praised his “singular blend of layered, oscillating synth melodies, ominous organ chords, and booming low-end bass.” Founding Familiar Territory Records, he’s becoming a cultural tastemaker and entrepreneur in 2017 as well.
01 Intro feat. Gucci Mane
02 Left The Bank feat. Young Dolph
03 Go Get The Money feat. Yo Gotti, Rick Ross, TI, Pusher T
04 Wake Up and Cook Up feat. Quavo, 2 Chainz
05 Back On It feat. Offset, Young Scooter
06 What You Think feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih, OJ Da Juiceman
07 Black Privilage feat. Trey Songz, Trouble, Plies
08 Show It feat. Kodak Black, TI
09 Boot Up feat. Future
10 East Atlanta Day feat. Gucci Mane, 21 Savage
11 Strong feat. Lil Uzi Vert
12 Designer feat. Lil Pump, Black Youngsta, Rich The Kid
13 Mo Realer feat. Future
Lil Skies and OT Genasis To Join As Support
Tickets On Sale Friday, May 18th at LiveNation.com
Multi-platinum selling artists Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd (Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee) today announced their co-headlining Dazed & Blazed Summer 2018 Amphitheater Tour, produced by Live Nation. The two rap and hip hop superstars will be joined by Lil Skies and OT Genasis as support on various dates of the outing. The 27-city summer amphitheater tour will kick off July 21 in Detroit, MI and keep the good times going across Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, and more, before wrapping August 30 in Phoenix, AZ.
Fans can expect a night of high energy performances with both artists being known for their incredible live shows, filled with all of their hits and crowd favorites. Wiz Khalifa continues to be a staple in rap and popular music with his combination of mellow and party music, including “Young, Wild & Free,” “Black and Yellow,” “See You Again,” and many more. Rae Sremmurd equally bring the heat to the stage with their range of chart-topping hits and collaborations including “No Type,” “Black Beatles,” “Powerglide,” “Guatemala,” “Brxnks Truck,” and the list continues. The tour will be a can’t-miss event bringing together two influential and culture shaping artists, who continue to march to the beat of their own drums, for one epic co-headlining night.
Tickets will go on sale to general public beginning Friday, May 18th at LiveNation.com.
Wiz Khalifa VIP Packages will be available beginning Tuesday, May 15th at 12PM EST through Artist Arena. Visit http://www.wizkhalifa.com for more information.
Rae Sremmurd VIP Packages will also be available beginning Tuesday, May 15th at 12PM EST through Future Beat. For more information, visit http://www.raesremmurd.com. About Wiz Khalifa Multi-platinum selling, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa burst onto the scene with mainstream success with the release of his first major label debut, ROLLING PAPERS in 2011. ROLLING PAPERS spawned the hugely successful hits “Black and Yellow,” “Roll Up” and “No Sleep” and gave Wiz the platform to win the award for Best New Artist at the 2011 BET Awards and Top New Artist at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. His sophomore studio album, BLACC HOLLYWOOD, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and featured the hit single “We Dem Boyz.” Soon after Khalifa’s track, “See You Again,” off the FURIOUS 7 soundtrack, catapulted to the top of the charts across 95 countries. Holding the #1 spot for 12 consecutive weeks, “See You Again” broke records by being Spotify’s most-streamed track in a single day in the United States and in a single week in 26 countries. In addition to winning 3 Teen Choice Awards in 2015, “See You Again” continued its success by winning a Critics’ Choice Award in the category Best Song, winning two Billboard Music Awards in the categories Top Hot 100 Song and Top Rap Song, earning three Grammy Award nominations in the categories Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media, and a Golden Globe nomination in the category Best Original Song – Motion Picture. In 2016 Wiz announced his partnership with RiverRock Cannabis on an exclusive line of regulated cannabis products, his first such collaboration in the regulated cannabis industry and renewed his partnership with RAW Rolling Papers. Wiz released his album KHALIFA in February of 2016 as a thank you to fans which includes the tracks “Bake Sale” featuring Travis Scott, “Zoney” and “Elevated.” In June, Wiz released TGOD MAFIA PRESENTS: RUDE AWAKENING with Juicy J and TM88. He recently co-headlined “The High Road Summer Tour” with Snoop Dogg and released his mixtape LAUGH NOW, CRY LATER introducing the chart topping hit, “Letterman.” He’s also preparing to release a new studio album called ROLLING PAPERS 2 which will be available everywhere July 13th.
About Rae Sremmurd Mississippi-bred brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi make up the hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd. Their third album SR3MM arrives as the follow-up to SremmLife 2—a 2016 album offering the multi-platinum No. 1 hit “Black Beatles” (ft. Gucci Mane). SremmLife 2 drew acclaim from the likes of the New York Times, who noted that “thanks to the more-meditative production,SremmLife 2 is at times a commentary on and an updating of decades of Southern club rap.” Meanwhile, Pitchfork pointed out that tracks like “Black Beatles” “push their talents to new heights by redefining what the duo can and will do.”
Released in 2015, Rae Sremmurd’s first full-length SremmLife debuted at the top of Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts, in addition to cracking the Top 5 on the Top 200 Albums chart in its first week. SremmLife also scored Rae Sremmurd five platinum-selling singles, including “No Flex Zone” and “No Type.”
Arctic Monkeys are outselling the rest of the Top 20 combined on today’s Official Albums Chart Update with their new album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino.
The sixth studio album from the Sheffield rock band has accumulated 66,000 combined chart sales after just three days on sale, 67% of which is made of physical copies on CD and vinyl.
All five of Arctic Monkeys’ previous studio albums have reached Number 1 in their release week on the Official Albums Chart, and now their latest effort is set to continue that run of form. Click here to view our chart of Arctic Monkeys’ albums ranked in order of sales.
Three more of Arctic Monkeys’ classic albums are also set to impact the Top 40 this week: their fifth record AM is up 29 places to Number 11; the group’s debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not propels 30 positions to Number 20; and their sophomore release Favourite Worst Nightmare scales 71 placings to Number 40.
New entries and high climbers
Charlie Puth is one of a further three new entries inside today’s midweek Top 10 – he’s on course for an Official Chart personal best with Voicenotes at Number 3. Roots guitarist Ry Cooder is set for his highest ever chart placing, and seventh UK Top 40 appearance with The Prodigal Son at Number 8, plus dream-pop duo Beach House are chasing their first Top 10 with their seventh album 7 at Number 9.
Fresh from her performance on The Graham Norton Show, Joan Armatrading is a new entry on today’s Update at Number 14 with Not Too Far Away, US heavy metal group Bad Wolves are at 17 with their debut album Disobey, The Magic Numbers are in pursuit of a third UK Top 40 album at Number 23 with Outsiders, and Die Lit, the debut album from Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti, is new at Number 25.
Finally, following the death of their frontman Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit’s second album The Midnight Organ Fight could enter the Official Albums Chart Top 40 for the first time at Number 33.
Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris dance collaboration One Kiss is currently looking good for a potential fifth week at the top of the Official Singles Chart, but with Ariana Grande climbing back up one place in today’s Official Chart Update with No Tears Left To Cry, will there be an upset when the chart is announced on Friday?
New entries and high climbers
Last week’s highest new entry from Childish Gambino – the alter ego of actor Donald Glover – looks set to storm the Top 10 this week, as This is America rises eight places to Number 6.
Canadian singer Shawn Mendes looks nailed on for a fourth Top 10, as In My Blood aims for a new peak, zooming fourteen slots to 7 after its acoustic version was released, and David Guetta and Sia’s Flames has a shot at going Top 10 for the first time, rising two places to 9.
With their fifth studio album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino looking set to take the Number 1 album spot this Friday, Arctic Monkeys’ tracks make an impact on the Official Singles Chart too, with Four Out of Five (12), Star Treatment (13), and One Point Perspective (17) all making a Top 20 showing at this stage.
Girls, Rita Ora’s collaboration with Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX, starts at 18, and there could be a 13th Top 40 for Selena Gomez on the way – Back to You is new at 37.
Eurovision Song Contest: SuRie aiming for Official Chart Top 40 placing with Storm
UK’s 2018 Eurovision Song Contest hopeful SuRie could make up for her disappointing night in Lisbon on Saturday with a Top 40 hit. Despite finishing 24th out of a possible 26 countries while battling a stage invasion, Storm is in at 32 on today’s Official Chart Update.
Outside of the Top 40, Netta, the Eurovision winner from Israel, currently occupies Number 57 with Toy, and runner-up Eleni Foureira of Cyprus is at Number 72 with Fuego.
Salt Lake City, UT – May 6, 2018 – As a music and tour photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah, I’ve seen a lot of really cool performances. K. Flay however, has been on my bucket list for quite some time.
They took the stage right at 9:15 as scheduled to a sold out crowd at The Complex. Kristine, who sprung into the music world accidentally in the bay area while attending college at Stanford, is a lyrical genius. She’s real, and her lyrics aren’t afraid to talk about the darkness this life can bring along with the bright spots along the way. She doesn’t sugar coat her view of the world and it’s so refreshing.
The bands quick beats are electric, mixing a bit of hip hop with rock and pop. She has a very unique voice that is edgy as hell, yet beautiful. And did I mention she can rhyme with the best?
One thing I loved about the show was the stage and lights. It’s a crowd pleaser and it’s easy to love her performance. She connects with the crowd and has amazing stage presence. She typcially dresses all in black with killer boots to, well, boot. She owns the stage. Back and forth, hair whips, jumping and rocking out! She also shows emotion with her music falling to her knees at the front of the stage during more dramatic moments giving the front row a glimpse into the raw expressions on her face.
All in all, I was impressed and frankly, can’t wait to see her live again.
Photo Credit: Eric Saunders Photography
Eric Saunders is a music and tour photographer & Photojournalist based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
LINE UP INCLUDES GRAMMY® AWARD- WINNING ARTISTS IMAGINE DRAGONS, ZEDD AND LINKIN PARK’S MIKE SHINODA, GRACE VANDERWAAL, NEON TREES’ TYLER GLENN, VAGABON AND A.W.
STAND UP COMEDIAN, ACTOR AND WRITER CAMERON ESPOSITO TO PERFORM AND EMCEE LOVELOUD FESTIVAL
LOVELOUD TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH AT 10AM MST AT SMITHSTIX.COM
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LOCAL AND NATIONAL LGBTQ+ CHARITIES INCLUDING
ENCIRCLE, TREVOR PROJECT, TEGAN AND SARA FOUNDATION & MORE
Salt Lake City, UT – April 2, 2018 – Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons today
announced the second annual LOVELOUD Festival (http://loveloudfest.com) designed to
ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love, understand,
accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities. The 2018 LOVELOUD Festival
will be powered by AT&T.
AT&T supports various initiatives that promote safety and inclusion for LGBTQ youth, including The Trevor Project’s suicide prevention and crisis intervention service. Together, through music and an inspiring message, LOVELOUD and AT&T can share our vision of a future where LGBTQ youth are connected to love and acceptance.
LGBTQ+ teen suicide, often caused by a lack of communication or an absence of
acceptance, is one of the most troubling issues in the community. The numbers are
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US for youth (teenagers) according to
the Center for Disease Control.
• LGBTQ+ youth that come from a home or community where they are not accepted are
eight times more likely to commit suicide.
“We at LOVELOUD are determined to help create a more loving and accepting environment for them, while also hoping to raise more than $1 million dollars for local and national LGBTQ+ charities” said founder and Imagine Dragons front-man Dan Reynolds. “We look forward to a day dedicated to celebrating their diversity while listening to great music and inspiring speakers.”
LOVELOUD Festival will take place Saturday, July 28, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT at the
Eccles Stadium and feature performances by Grammy® Award-winning artists Imagine
Dragons, Zedd and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda along with Grace Vanderwaal, Neon
Trees’ Tyler Glenn and A.W. Stand-up comedian, actor and writer Cameron Esposito will also perform and emcee the day’s festivities. More performers and speakers will be
announced in the coming weeks.
LOVELOUD tickets will go on sale Friday, April 6 at 10AM MST. Festival goers can
purchase tickets HERE. Doors open for the LOVELOUD Festival at 2pm and the music
begins at 3:30pm. The festival will feature food, beverages and a number of other
activities for fans of all ages and interests. The LOVELOUD Foundation will donate
proceeds from this year’s event to benefit LGBTQ+ organizations including Encircle, the Tegan and Sara Foundation and the Trevor Project.
“LOVELOUD’s inspiring goal is to raise $1 million dollars for LGBTQ+ organizations in
one day, and we know that this amazing program of music and speakers will entertain,
educate and inspire everyone who comes out in support on July 28th," said Tegan and Sara. “We started the Tegan and Sara Foundation to bring resources and attention to
issues affecting the LGBTQ community, and we are proud to work with the LOVELOUD
team to amplify their urgent message of acceptance and unconditional love.”
As part of this quest, Dan Reynold’s created a documentary centered around
LOVELOUD, called Believer. The film received runner up for the “Festival Favorite Award” at Sundance Film Festival 2018 and will premiere on HBO in June.
LOVELOUD’s inaugural festival bowed August 26, 2017 in Orem, UT at Brent Brown
Ballpark. The event drew 17,000 concertgoers and featured live music from Imagine
Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon (Acoustic), Joshua
James, and Aja Volkman. In 2017, LOVELOUD Foundation lent its support to various
charities such as Encircle and Stand4Kind, as well as national charities, The Trevor
Project and GLAAD.
The LOVELOUD Foundation is a catalyst to bring communities and families together to
help ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love our LGBTQ+youth. LOVELOUD offers hope to young people, letting them know they’re not alone and encouraging acceptance in the home and community. It all begins with talking about, sharing and showing the realities of what LGBTQ+ teens face daily. The LOVELOUD Foundation is a 501c3.
AT&T’s commitment to equality and inclusion for the LGBTQ community began in 1975,
when the company became one of the first American corporations to adopt a policy
prohibiting discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. AT&T also has a long-standing commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace. LEAGUE at AT&T
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Employee Organizations of AT&T) is one of the oldest LGBTQ Employee Resource Groups (ERG) in the nation. In 1998, AT&T
adopted one of the first domestic partner benefits programs for LGBTQ employees. In
2006, AT&T was one of the first U.S. corporations to offer transgender-inclusive health
care benefits. At AT&T, diversity and inclusion will always be top priorities.
Death Cab For Cutie will be at the Coca-Cola Roxy on Friday, October 19th at 8:00pm.
Reserved Balcony Tickets are $47.00 and General Admission Standing Room Floor tickets are $39.50. All ages are welcome.
Tickets are on sale Friday, May 4th at 10am at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
Khalid and Normani‘s ‘Love Lies‘ has amazingly surpassed 200 million streams on Spotify.
‘Love Lies’ was released commercially for digital download through RCA Records this year on February 14 as the second single from the movie soundtrack for Love, Simon.
It is Normani’s debut solo single. It entered at number 43 on the Bilboard Hot 100, opening with 22,000 downloads and 11.7 million streams in its first week. This tied Fifth Harmony with Destiny’s Child, The Go-Go‘s and Labelle for the most members (three) from an all-female group to chart solo on the Hot 100, with Normani being the third.
It also scored the highest first-week position for a debut single by a girl group member.
The duo gave a sultry performance of the single on ‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon‘ last month on April 10 (see below).