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Arctic Monkeys coasting towards sixth UK Number 1 album

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 and Calvin eye fifth week at Number 1 while Childish Gambino and Shawn Mendes advance on Top 10

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.

IMAGINE DRAGONS’ DAN REYNOLDS HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL LOVELOUD FESTIVAL POWERED BY AT&T ON JULY 28, 2018 AT RICE ECCLES STADIUM IN SALT LAKE CITY, UT TO ENCOURAGE GREATER LOVE, COMMUNICATION, AND UNDERSTANDING FOR OUR LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

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
staggering:
• 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 Coca-Cola Roxy Friday, October 19

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.

For more information, visit deathcabforcutie.com, or www.cocacolaroxy.com.

Revealing Miley Cyrus’ Collection with Converse

“No age, no gender, no sex — I wanted everyone to feel included.”

When it comes to her debut collection, Converse x Miley Cyrus, this is exactly how Miley Cyrus says she wants her fans to feel. A true reflection of her personal style and influences, Miley tapped into her persona as a performer as well as her eclectic day-to-day style to create a full lifestyle collection.

As a woman who has always been open to all possibilities, Miley partnered with Converse to reflect that feeling of self-empowerment.

“Converse has no boundaries. It’s outspoken. I’ve always identified with Converse because the brand appeals to and represents so many different cultures and walks of life. And they’re accessible,” she says of her reason for teaming up with the brand. The collection’s look book features images that capture the energetic, bold and inclusive nature of Miley and some of her biggest fans (representing across gender, orientation and background) shot by legendary fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth.

“I definitely had my fans in mind and in my heart when I was creating,” she says. “I put what they love about me and what I love about them into the design.” Whether sparkling with the Chuck Taylor All Star Glitter or looking to channel Miley’s performance and country roots in the Bandana, individuals can piece together looks for any mood or style.

Converse x Miley Cyrus will be available May 2 on converse.com and at select retailers.

Drake Teases Alternate OVO School Uniforms for Miami High School

Written By | Emmanuel Maduakolam

Drake teases the OVO alternative school uniforms for Miami High School on Instagram. The Toronto rapper posted a photo of a white polo shirt with October’s Very Own running across the high school’s emblem on the upper right chest area. To the left of the emblem is a line from Drake’s “God’s Plan” that reads: “I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry.”

If you remember, for Drizzy’s “God’s Plan” video shoot the rapper filmed at Miami Senior High School. Drake filmed scenes in the school’s hallways and outside in a field atop a hydraulic crane, with some of the students acting as extras. Drake then donated $25,000 to the school and announced that all students would be getting uniforms he designed himself.

Check out the OVO x Miami High School uniform below.

Kelly Clarkson to Host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Written By | Katie Atkinson

After 15-plus years on Billboard‘s charts, Kelly Clarkson will put her hitmaking skills to work as host of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, NBC announced Tuesday (April 17).

“To prepare for hosting the Billboard Music Awards, I already have 20 costume changes planned,” Clarkson said in a press release announcing the gig. “I will be flying in like my girl P!nk, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes. Well, or I’m just gonna show up and celebrate my favorite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I’ll go with that plan.”

Currently in her first season as a coach on NBC’s The Voice, Clarkson is the perfect pick to host the BBMAs’ first year on NBC. Clarkson has notched 27 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart so far, including 11 top 10s — three of which reached No. 1 (“A Moment Like This,” “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Stronger [What Doesn’t Kill You]”). She’s also claimed 10 entries on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and among them are three No. 1s. Her most recent release, 2017’s Meaning of Life, bowed at No. 2 and launched a pair of top 20 hits on the Adult Pop Songs chart with “Love So Soft” and “I Don’t Think About You.” This past November, the inaugural American Idol champ accepted the Powerhouse prize at the Billboard Women in Music Awards.

“Kelly Clarkson has long been a Billboard chart phenomenon and has a first-hand understanding of what matters most in music today,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Her enthusiasm for all genres of music and her innate sense of humor will make for a truly memorable night.”

The nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced Tuesday, and Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars lead the way with 15 BBMA nominations apiece. All three are up for top artist, also competing against Drake (nine noms total) and Taylor Swift (five noms) in that field. Nominees for the BBMAs are selected through a number of factors, including key interactions with music fans, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement, as tracked by Billboard and its data partners over a 12-month period.

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. The three-hour event — produced by dick clark productions — will commemorate 60 years of Billboard charts.

Jaden Smith Wants People to Love Themselves, Here’s Why

Written By | Alec Banks

The ilCaffè in Downtown Los Angeles has all the makings of a scene. A French bulldog nuzzles up at the foot of its owner, hoping to catch any pastry scraps that fall off the table. An entrepreneur delivers fresh-pressed juices through the sturdy door inside the Eastern Columbia Building and waits for her bounty like a gold miner keen for a reward for her hard work. Finally still, the shop itself is physically connected to the Swedish brand, Acne Studios, where thousand-dollar coats bearing men’s names like “Garret,” “Charlie” and “Matthew” waft in the caffeine aroma.

This is where multi-hyphenate, Jaden Smith, wants to meet. He calls it his “favorite coffee shop” and arrives right on time for our 3 p.m. conversation — whirling through the entrance and offering his hand for a friendly introduction.

“Hi. I’m Jaden.”

He’s fresh-faced and handsome, with a head full of closely-cropped, bleached blonde hair which gives the impression of butter on top of a pancake. He’s wearing an oversized MSFTSrep hoodie (his own brand of unisex clothing) and a pair of black Tripp NYC trousers with an abundance of tentacle-like straps nonchalantly dangling from them. As a total package, he looks like he just rolled out of bed — but in a cool way.

We settle at a small table near the bar. His manager has left us to it; Smith doesn’t need anyone to monitor anything controversial that he may or may not say.

If an “open book” is a metaphor to describe someone unafraid of voicing various traits and beliefs, Jaden Smith is new media — “Command P” — ready to print and create visual documentation of how he views the world.

“I love the fact that I can be on the cover because that means I can reach more people,” he says. “That’s my whole mission of what I’m trying to do.”

With 6.4 million followers on Twitter and another 6.3 million on Instagram (and growing), he certainly has an active digital audience. But Smith wants much more than retweets and likes. He wants to inspire his fans to create unabashedly, and on their own terms. To him, the Internet is a conduit to fulfill that duty.

“I hope to see more people start to love themselves and release music and products in general,” he says. “I hope to see people start to trust their vision more and to go full speed towards what they want in their life, and to really go and grasp what they want instead of just sitting back.”

Other entertainers might use their platform to provide aspirational examples of what being passionate and driven affords you in life. But Smith has a different outlook on social media. He sees himself as somewhat of a martyr, where he is willing to assume the burdens, hate, and vitriol associated with being different.

“I hope that people can see me and say, ‘Oh, so he’s under a bunch of fire for wearing a skirt or saying something that was really wild. Now that everybody’s talking about him, I can be behind the scenes and do what I need to do,’” he says. “Jaden’s taking the fire. So I can stand behind him and not be burned by the fire of the world.”

Even though it may be easier to simply say that harsh criticism doesn’t faze him, Smith is quite forthcoming with the backlash that comes with creative risk, like when he appeared in a skirt in Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2016 campaign alongside models Sarah Brannon, Jean Campbell and Rianne Van Rompaey. “It’s hard for me to bear it sometimes, you know?” he admits. “And I haven’t always been able to bear it in the way that I do.”

Despite his fearless attitude, there were voices in his ear questioning if it was the right career move.

“There were a lot of people after it happened that were like ‘yo, what are you doing?! That’s so freaking weird!’ And I was like, ‘Dude, I’m so weird, like what do you want me to tell you?’”But he found the resolve to rise above the criticism when he realized the value of questioning heteronormativity in fashion. There are plenty of street style stars and fashion acolytes who readily push the boundaries of clothing as self-expression, but when Smith does it, it packs a certain gravitas.

“It’s taking a separation that was there,
and then knocking it down and creating something completely new.”

“It’s like knocking down the Berlin Wall,” he says. “It’s taking a separation that was there, and then knocking it down and creating something completely new. That’s what I was doing with that.”

Smith represents a new kind of young fashion consumer. He once posted an Instagram from a Topshop fitting room where he was trying on women’s clothes, or as he called them, simply “clothes.” Rote categorizations between menswear and womenswear are obsolete; all that matters is whether or not these kids can see themselves in the pieces.

In describing Smith’s approach to fashion, designer Nicolas Ghesquière told The New York Times that “Wearing a skirt comes as naturally to him as it would to a woman who, long ago, granted herself permission to wear a man’s trench or a tuxedo.” Or as Smith puts it: “There’s no bigger flex than doing something no one else would do.”

He also represents a new approach to young celebrity. Instead of focusing on the privilege afforded to him as a youth born in the limelight, he prefers to focus on the relatable teenage angst that affects him as much as it does his peers. Instead of using Instagram to highlight life on a private yacht or the other extravagances he has access to, he uses it show he is just as vulnerable as any other kid trying to find her or his place in an increasingly complicated world.

When he was younger, he posted photos of himself crying on Instagram and Twitter to show that someone in his position doesn’t necessarily feel less negative emotions than the average teen. It’s a self-aware message that resonates with a younger audience. During our chat, a 20-something girl dressed in all black ventures over to compliment Smith on his unique pants. He thanks her. In that moment, she appears as if she’s simultaneously been hit by Cupid’s arrow, and also seen a ghost.

“This is the best day ever,” she states upon realizing who he is. “I was just watching you on YouTube all day yesterday.”

“Really, why?” Smith asks.

“This might be completely difficult for you to understand,” she answers, “but I’m really into dark shit. And you’re very nocturnal. And there’s probably like a 5% of the entire universe that understands that mentality. This is my favorite coffee shop in the entire world, because it’s Swedish. I’m really into black metal and shit. You have a really dark thing that you carry with you, that’s so fucking beautiful that the majority of the world can’t see. Don’t lose that. People don’t understand that. It sounds cheesy, but that’s my life.”

The whole exchange is over in less than a minute. She seems equally as enthusiastic about the chance encounter as he does about her assessment of his personality. Despite his willingness to engage with fans, Smith makes it clear that he isn’t much for being out in the public eye. It’s not so much that he fancies himself a recluse; it’s simply that he has bigger things on his mind than restaurant openings, parties, and other lavish things that might be afforded to someone who grew up the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett.

“If I have nothing to do, I’ll just stay home and really think about life,” he says. “‘Because there’s enough in life for me to just sit and like ponder what it’s really about.”

Although he has been parodied in the media for his various existential musings, he’s often in on the joke. In a video for Vanity Fair titled “Jaden Smith Reads Mind-Blowing Facts About the Universe,” he plays up his astonishment over truths like human saliva containing opiorphin, a natural painkiller proven to be six times more powerful than morphine.

Whether it’s Doomsday prophesies, a broken educational system, or the Precision Equinox, he seems genuine in his pursuit for knowledge. Smith clearly wants a better understanding of why things are or aren’t happening.

“My job here is not to teach people — because that implies that you know something that other people don’t know,” he says. “Do I know things that other people don’t know? Absolutely. But that’s not my thing. I’m not here to teach people, I’m here to learn.”

Smith clearly knows his audience. And they find the way that he carries himself to be an honest reflection of what it’s like to be a 20-something.

“It’s just that I’m a witness to the world, and the world has a really dark side to it that I choose not to ignore,” he says. “Somewhere is always dark, somewhere is always light. You always have that duality, it’s just where do you choose to exist within your own mind.”

That idea of duality is reinforced in the days after we spoke with the unveiling of his music video, “Batman,” from his forthcoming album, Syre.

Smith’s intrigue with the Caped Crusader is certainly not a new phenomenon — having donned an all-white Batman costume to the nuptials of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. But after speaking to him, it seems less like a publicity stunt and more in tune with his worldview involving the duality of character within in his own life.

“I love Batman because in the daytime he’s Bruce Wayne, and in the nighttime he’s Batman,” Smith says. “And I feel the exact same way because in the daytime I’m Jaden Smith, but in the nighttime I’m Syre — which is my middle name and the name of my album. That’s where I pull a lot of inspiration from — reminiscing on the past, thinking about the future, the world, about how far we’ve come with MSFTSrep, and everything that we’ve done.”

“It’s my world. It’s everything I want to do. It’s all of my rules, and I totally don’t care, except for what feels right.”

In addition to his debut studio album and his clothing line, Smith’s also got a film, Life in a Year, which tackles cancer in young people — and was the major onus for cutting off his signature dreadlocks.

“With acting in a movie that someone else is producing — I’m going to be more serious, because it’s not my idea. I’m just the actor; I’m just the model; I’m just the muse,” he says.

Smith’s other major credit recently had been on Baz Luhrman’s hip-hop drama, The Get Down, which chronicled the rise of the genre in the Bronx in the early 1970s. Although the show was cancelled after only one season, it did allow Smith to reflect on his place in the contemporary world. His character, graffiti writer Dizzee, has an arc in which he explores his own sexuality in the context of the free-loving 1970s and fledgling hip-hop culture — a genre that’s only very recently started to feel more inclusive towards the LGBQT community. “I’m suited for right now,” he says. “I’m supposed to be here right now. If I would’ve come any earlier, people would’ve just tried to kill me.”

In a sense, Jaden Smith’s acting career is akin to Bruce Wayne’s persona as a billionaire playboy philanthropist. It’s the mask he puts on to fit into the world at large. But music is the force that drives his inner Batman. In the same way the fictional caped crusader’s endless battle against crime fuels his existence, Smith’s approach to music gives him a platform to create something bigger than himself.

“I created a new game,” he says. “It’s my world. It’s everything I want to do. It’s all of my rules, and I totally don’t care, except for what feels right.” He describes his style of music as “Pop Runk” — a hybrid of stylings inspired by the worlds of “rap, skate and punk.”

“Pop Runk is the future,” he says, eyes lighting up. “Kurt Cobain inspired me. Kid Cudi inspired me, Kanye. All of my homies inspired me. But the biggest inspiration in my life would be Kid Cudi and Tycho.”

The mention of Kurt Cobain seems rather apropos. Days prior, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy told music publication NME: “When I talk to like my rock friends, they’re like, ‘The next Nirvana is coming, the next Nirvana is coming’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, but the next Nirvana probably is coming, but not in the form of Nirvana. It might be like Jaden Smith.’”

Smith takes it as a compliment, but doesn’t feel like he’s quite at that level yet. As he interprets it, Wentz means that when the next Nirvana comes, it’s going to come in a form that people won’t expect — perhaps someone like Jaden Smith. He admits there are probably other worthy successors in line to become the next Nirvana, but also admits there are people waiting in the wings waiting to become the next Will Smith.

Jaden Smith is nearly the same age as his father was when he and DJ Jazzy Jeff released their debut album, Rock the House, in 1987 which sent them both on a Hollywood trajectory. He doesn’t shy away from comparisons. Much in the same way he studies various topics that keep him up at night, he has also examined the path his father took.

“He started in music and transitioned to movies. I started with movies, and then I transitioned into making music,” he says. “I look at him and use it as a blueprint of how good of a person he is, but not necessarily the success that he reached.”

Jaden Smith may ultimately never solve any major world crisis or become the next Kurt Cobain or Will Smith, but he may do all three. And as savior, savant and Renaissance man, who’s to say he’s not already Batman?

See Kendrick Lamar Join Vince Staples, SZA Onstage at Coachella

Rapper performs “Yeah Right,” “Doves in the Air” and “All the Stars” during surprise appearances

Kendrick Lamar made a pair of surprise appearances during the opening night of Coachella, with the rapper joining both Vince Staples and SZA onstage.

Lamar, who is not on the 2018 Coachella lineup, first strolled out during Staples’ set to perform his verse on the rappers’ Big Fish Theory team-up “Yeah Right.”

Later in the evening, Lamar reemerged to join his Top Dawg Entertainment labelmate SZA for two songs, Ctrl‘s “Doves in the Air” and their Black Panther: The Album collaboration “All the Stars,” which closed out SZA’s performance.

SZA’s Coachella set also featured guests Isaiah Rashad (“Pretty Little Birds”) and Trippie Redd (“Dark Knight Dummo”).

Coachella continues Saturday with Beyonce’s much-anticipated headlining set – which will be live streamed on YouTube

Watch Tyler, the Creator Perform Live at Coachella 2018

Streaming live from Indio, California

Written By | Braudie Blais-Billie

Tyler, the Creator is performing tonight at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Watch his live set below. On Friday, the first day of Coachella 2018, Tyler joined Kali Uchis on stage to perform their collaboration “After the Storm.”

Tyler recently dropped a song called “OKRA,” a self-described “throwaway song” that shouts out Call Me By Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet. The track follows his latest album, 2017’s Flower Boy. He’s currently on tour, hitting summer festivals like Sasquatch!, Primavera Sound, Boston Calling, and others.

Follow along with our full coverage of Coachella 2018. Watch the Coachella live stream and check out the full Coachella 2018 schedule.