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Rihanna Lowkey Confirms 2019 Release for New Music

Rihanna is returning to music after a hiatus, confirming she will be releasing a new album in 2019 that many speculate will have reggae vibes.

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Since her last album dropped in early 2016, Rihanna fans are always hitting the multiple Grammy-winning singer up on her Instagram for an upcoming release date for new music.

“But when is the new album dropping Robyn?” an Instagram user asked on a promo pis for a new Fenty Beauty lipstick shade, Flamingo Acid. “Can we have a release date for that?”

“2019,” was the singer’s surprising answer that sent her fans into a frenzy.

While the official title of Rihanna’s ninth studio album is currently unknown, fans have been affectionally calling it “R9”.

RiRi’s vocal producer and the mastermind behind some of her biggest songs, Kuk Hurrell, was asked “How’s R9?” during an Instagram Live interview, to which he smiled and replied “R9 is great. R9 is amazing. It’s incredible. And that’s all I’m going to say.”

While no official release date has been given for her new album, Rihanna has confirmed one potential collaborator Supa Dups, a Jamaican record producer who has worked with artists such as Sean Paul. This would seem to ensure her usual fanbase will not be disappointed and Rihanna can finally pay tribute to her Barbadian roots.

Her songs have always carried with them island influence, and her singles, “Work” and “One Dance,” can both find their origins directly in dancehall and reggaeton music.

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Rihanna Has Been a Busy BadGal

The unofficial BadGal of Hip Hop has successfully ventured into some new endeavors that have given her credit outside of her chart-topping music career.

In 2017, Riri released her phenomenally successful Fenty Beauty that established the cosmetics industry’s new normal. The collection’s broad inclusivity across skin tones and gender, especially its Pro Filt’R foundation that’s available in 40 different shades helped Fenty Beauty be named one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2017. And gave give Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics a run for its money.

Motocross stunt riders performed at Fenty Puma during the brand’s SS 2018 New York Fashion Week show, and pregnant models walked the runway for her Savage x Fenty NYFW show.

Rihanna also took a dive into acting along with some well-known Hollywood A-listers in Oceans Eight. 

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Billie Eilish Makes History at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

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A cloud of sadness hung over the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, as news developed of the tragic deaths of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on January 26. Outside the Staples Center, home of Bryant’s team the Lakers, arrivals took place on the red carpet as mourners gathered outside the arena to pay their respects.

The night kicked off with a solemn Cappella tribute to Bryant of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by host Alicia Keys and Boys II Men.

Billie Eilish dominated the night, winning Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album categories. Eilish, 18, is the youngest Album of the Year winner in Grammy history. She is also just the second artist in Grammy history — and the first woman — to take home the Big Four awards.

Lizzo took home the Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Urban Contemporary Album trophies.

Lil Nas X picked up two awards for Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Tyler, the Creator took home his first Grammy award for Best Rap Album.

The late rapper Nipsey Hussle was recognized posthumously with two awards for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap/Sung Performance.

Record of the Year

Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”

Album of the Year

Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Best New Artist

Billie Eilish

Song of the Year

Billie Eilish — “Bad Guy”

Best Rap/Sung Performance

DJ Khaled feat Nipsey Hussle & John Legend — “Higher”

Best Rap Album

Tyler, the Creator — Igor

Best Pop/Solo Performance

Lizzo — “Truth Hurts”

Best Pop Vocal Album

Billie Eilish — When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Elvis Costello & The Imposters — Look Now

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Lil Nas X feat Billy Ray Cyrus — “Old Town Road”

Best R&B Album

Anderson .Paak — Ventura

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Lizzo, Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)

Best R&B Song

PJ Morton feat JoJo — “Say So”

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Lizzo — “Jerome”

Best R&B Performance

Anderson .Paak feat Andre 3000 — “Come Home”

Best Rock Album

Cage The Elephant — Social Cues

Best Rock Song

Gary Clark Jr — “This Land”

Best Rock Performance

Gary Clark Jr — “This Land”

Best Rap Song

21 Savage feat J Cole — “A Lot”

Best Rap Performance

Nipsey Hussle feat Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy — “Racks in the Middle”

Best Music Film

Beyonce — Homecoming

Best Music Video

Lil Nas X feat Billy Ray Cyrus — “Old Town Road”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Dan + Shay — “Speechless”

Best Comedy Album

Dave Chappelle — Sticks & Stones

Best Song Written for Visual Media

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper— “I’ll Never Love Again”

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper — A Star is Born

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Chernobyl — Hildur Guðnadóttir

Best Song Written for Visual Media

“I’ll Never Love Again” (Film Version) — Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Aaron Raitiere (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born)

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

Becoming — Michelle Obama

Best Instrumental Composition

“Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite” — John Williams, composer (John Williams

Best Remixed Recording
“I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix)— ” Tracy Young (Madonna)

Best Dance Recording

“Got to Keep On” — The Chemical Brothers

Best Dance/Electronic Album

No Geography — The Chemical Brothers

Best Country Solo Performance

“Ride Me Back Home” — Willie Nelson

Best Country Song

“Bring My Flowers Now” — Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth and Tanya Tucker (Tanya Tucker)

Best Country Album

While I’m Livin’ — Tanya Tucker

Best Rap Performance

“Racks in the Middle” — Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy

Best Rap Song

“A Lot” — Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White, (21 Savage featuring J. Cole

Best Recording Package

Chris Cornell — Barry Ament, Jeff Ament, Jeff Fura & Joe Spix, art directors (Chris Cornell)

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Woodstock: Back To The Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive — Masaki Koike, art director (Various Artists)

Best Album Notes

Stax ’68: A Memphis Story — Steve Greenberg, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Best Historical Album

Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection — Jeff Place & Robert Santelli, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer (Pete Seeger)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? — Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers; John Greenham, mastering engineer (Billie Eilish)

Best Immersive Audio Album

Lux — Morten Lindberg, immersive audio engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive audio mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive audio producer (Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jentekor)

Best New Age Album

Wings — Peter Kater

Best Bluegrass Album

Tall Fiddler — Michael Cleveland

Best Traditional Blues Album

Tall, Dark & Handsome — Delbert McClinton & Self-made Men

Best Contemporary Blues Album

This Land — Gary Clark Jr.

Best Folk Album

Patty Griffin — Patty Griffin

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Good Time — Ranky Tanky

Best Reggae Album

Rapture — Koffee

Best Children’s Music Album

Ageless Songs For The Child Archetype — Jon Samson

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Mettavolution — Rodrigo y Gabriela

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

“Moon River” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

“All Night Long” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest)

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Sozinho” — Randy Brecker, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album

12 Little Spells — Esperanza Spalding

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Finding Gabriel — Brad Mehldau

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

The Omni-American Book Club – Brian Lynch Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album

Antidote — Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band

Best Gospel Performance/Song

“Love Theory” – Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Songwriter

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

“God Only Knows” — for King & Country & Dolly Parton; Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters

Best Gospel Album

Long Live Love — Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Burn The Ships — for King & Country

Best Roots Gospel Album

Testimony — Gloria Gaynor

Best Latin Pop Album

#ELDISCO — Alejandro Sanz

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

El Mal Querer – Rosalía

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

De Ayer Para Siempre — Mariachi Los Camperos

Best Tropical Latin Album

Opus — Marc Anthony (TIE)

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Riley: Sun Rings — Leslie Ann Jones, engineer; Robert C. Ludwig, mastering engineer (Kronos Quartet)

Producer Of The Year, Classical

Blanton Alspaugh

Best Orchestral Performance

“Norman: Sustain” — Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Best Opera Recording

“Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox” — Gil Rose, conductor; John Brancy, Andrew Craig Brown, Gabriel Preisser, Krista River & Edwin Vega; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Boston Children’s Chorus)

Best Choral Performance

“Duruflé: Complete Choral Works” — Robert Simpson, conductor (Ken Cowan; Houston Chamber Choir)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

“Shaw: Orange” — Attacca Quartet

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

“Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite” — Nicola Benedetti; Cristian Măcelaru, conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra)

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Songplay — Joyce Didonato; Chuck Israels, Jimmy Madison, Charlie Porter & Craig Terry, accompanists (Steve Barnett & Lautaro Greco)

Best Classical Compendium

The Poetry Of Places — Nadia Shpachenko; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, producer

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Higdon: Harp Concerto — Jennifer Higdon, composer (Yolanda Kondonassis, Ward Stare & The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)

Best Musical Theater Album

Hadestown — Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada & Patrick Page, principal soloists; Mara Isaacs, David Lai, Anaïs Mitchell & Todd Sickafoose, producers (Anaïs Mitchell, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Metal Performance

“7empest” — Tool

Best Alternative Music Album

Father of the Bride — Vampire Weekend

Best World Music Album

Celia — Angelique Kidjo

Best American Roots Performance

“Saint Honesty” — Sara Bareille

Best American Roots Song

“Call My Name” — Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’donovan & Sara Watkins, songwriters (I’m With Her)

Best Americana Album

Oklahoma — Keb’ Mo’

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Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty Star in New ‘Sonic’ Music Video

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When you think of Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty and Sueco the Child, what springs to mind? If your answer is Sonic the Hedgehog, you’re ahead of the curve.

The quartet has teamed up to record “Speed Me Up,” the lead song on the upcoming Sonic movie soundtrack. They appear in the just-released video as 8-bit avatars and sing about topics including Sonic’s pal Knuckles and the fast-moving world of their lives.

The video starts with Wiz blowing into a Sega Genesis game cartridge and, real talk, you’ll be hooked from there. He’s then transported to the pixelated world of Sonic the Hedgehog, teaming up with Sonic and his fellow rappers to collect rings, jam out in Sonic’s bedroom and take on the evil Dr. Robotnik, played by Jim Carrey.

The song is the first drop from the soundtrack by Atlantic Records.

Things haven’t been smooth sailing for the Sonic movie. The first trailer featured Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise, which felt really ill-fitting. The movie was scheduled for release in November 2019, but the initial rendering of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog was met with less than positive feedback, leading to a design overhaul and a three-month delay on release. It’s now scheduled for release on February 14. Romantic!

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Legendary Guitarist Carlos Santana to Launch Premium Cannabis Brand

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Legendary guitarist and long-time cannabis advocate Carlos Santana is getting into the business, becoming the latest musician to partner with Left Coast Ventures.

The products will include premium cannabis and hemp CBD products specifically chosen to pay homage to Santana’s Latin heritage while leveraging the power of ancient therapies and enable consumers to uncover and “follow their light,” according to Left Coast Ventures.

According to a press release, the collab will “honor Santana’s heritage while incorporating his divine philosophies by identifying strains and products that promote the spiritual consciousness and wellness effects of cannabis.”

The cannabis line will include flower and pre-rolls and is expected for a summer 2020 launch in select Californian dispensaries.

The hemp CBD brand is looking at a fall launch and will include topicals with formulations inspired by Santana’s family.

“Cannabis is a window or a door to different awareness of consciousness,” said Santana in a statement. “It gives you the choice to perceive through a different filter of awakening and healing, the misperception of distance as an illusion, which keeps you from being centered in your essence-core. It helps you arrive at knowing, accepting and owning a quality of life that is being with joy!”

10-time Grammy winner, Woodstock veteran and Hall of Fame guitarist Santana is the latest musician to join Left Coast Ventures’ list of partners. The company has previously launched cannabis products with Mickey Hart, drummer of the Grateful Dead (Mind Your Head) and the Bob Marley estate (Marley Natural).

“We are excited to launch cannabis and hemp CBD brands that deeply respect Latin heritage and celebrate the unique light of every individual,” said Brett Cummings, CEO of Left Coast Ventures.

“It’s a true honor to work with a dynamic legendary musician like Santana who has influenced millions through his music and shares our values and passion to legitimize the future of cannabis.”

Carlos Santana is currently on a world tour. Find out if he’s playing near you.

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