RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Janet Jackson Announces Album & Tour

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Earlier today, Janet Jackson surprised everyone when she announce the release of a new album. The superstar also announced that she will go on a world tour this year as well, all through a video via Vimeo. There hasn’t been any announcement whether we’ll get any new music from her anytime soon, but let’s keep it on our radar. Check out the vid below:

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Khia: Miley Cyrus Only White Girl That Can Acceptably Sing “My Neck, My Back”

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Female rapper Khia has gotten more press in the last two weeks then she has gotten in the last ten years. First she had Beyoncé’s “Bey Hive” buzzing when she suggested the “Drunk In Love” singer was inspired by her style. Khia then became mainstream news fodder when video footage of pop star Miley Cyrus covering her raunchy 2002 hit “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” went viral.

TMZ caught up with Khia to get her thoughts on Miley’s rendition of the single from the Tampa native’s debut album Thug Misses. The website reports:

Khia tells us she thought Miley’s version was bomb because she’s “probably the only white girl on the planet that can twerk and talk about getting her p*ssy licked that it’s acceptable and it be true like my song.”

Will the former Disney star and the self-described Gangstress collaborate on music in the future? Khia hopes so. She wants M.C. on her new track “Yum Yum Sauce.” Khia previously remixed Miley’s Top 5 song “We Can’t Stop.”

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RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. (EXCLUSIVE) BB King, the King of Blues, dies at 89

 

NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Blues Legend B.B. King performs his 10,000th concert at B.B. KIng Blues Club & Grill in Times Square on April 18, 2006 in New York City. King is a nine time solo Grammy Award winning musician who started his career in 1947.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

The “King of the Blues”, guitarist and singer BB King, has died aged 89.

King, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians, and working with Eric Clapton and U2.

Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months.

He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.

Fellow musicians paid tribute to King, including Lenny Kravitz who tweeted: “BB, anyone could play a thousand notes and never say what you said in one.”

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora added: “My friend and legend BB King passed. I’m so so sad, he was so great to me. We’ve lost the King. My love and prayers to his family.”

Former Beatle Ringo Starr tweeted: “God bless BB King, peace and love to his family.”

Actor Hugh Laurie said: “Oh God. BB King. Let the sad times roll.”

And singer Will Young added: “BB King- the most wonderful blues singer and guitarist. I suggest everyone gets one of his records to hear true soul and spirit.”

A former farmhand, King was awarded his 15th Grammy award in 2009 for his album One Kind Favor.

He was also inducted into both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Until recently, King performed in at least 100 concerts a year.

‘Heartfelt vocals’

He fused together both jazz and blues on his beloved guitar, a Gibson ES-355 he lovingly dubbed “Lucille”.

In the early part of his career, he played to exclusively black audiences, but his heartfelt vocals and undeniable talent saw him embraced by a much broader fanbase as time went on – touring Europe and topping the charts.

Younger musicians such as Clapton and Steve Miller, who admired his work, introduced him to a new generation of fans in the late ’60s with hits like The Thrill is Gone.

Albums such as Live at County Cook Jail and BB King in London followed.

His career was reignited in the late 1980s when he duetted with U2 on When Love Comes To Town.

At the turn of the millennium, aged 75, he once again achieved major commercial success with the Eric Clapton collaboration Riding With the King.

“King’s is now the name most synonymous with the blues, much as Louis Armstrong’s once was with jazz,” critic Francis Davis wrote in his 1995 book The History of the Blues. “You don’t have to be a blues fan to have heard of King.”

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Amy Winehouse Documentary To Be Released In July (VIDEO)

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A documentary chronicling the rise and fall of troubled songstress  Amy Winehouse will be released in the U.S  on July 10th, VIBE reports. The doc, Amy, is comprised of archived footage of the “Rehab” singer, interviews with her closest confidants and unreleased music.

Though fans may be excited to get a closer look into the controversial singer’s life, her family has distanced themselves from the project. They released a statement last month saying that the film is “misleading” and “contains some basic untruths.”

“I felt sick when I watched it for the first time,” Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, told The Sun on Sunday. “Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted.”

Mr. Winehouse claims that not only does the film portray him as an absentee father but it ignores the influence of her ex-husband Blaker Fielder-Civil.

Amy will make its international debut at the Cannes Film Festival this month.

Watch the trailer below.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Prince Will Perform A Special Concert In Baltimore To Honor Freddie Gray

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In honor of Freddie Gray, Prince will host a special concert in Baltimore on Mother’s Day, the Huffington Post reports. The “Rally 4 Peace” will take place at the Royal Farms Arena and will have surprise appearances from special guests. Attendees are asked to wear something gray.

There was word last week that Prince has also recorded a new song addressing the police brutality and injustices that black men have been enduring during the past few years. It hasn’t been revealed if the song will be debuted at the concert.

Gray, 25, died after suffering spinal injuries at the hands of Baltimore City police officers during an Apr. 12th arrest. Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby had all six officers who were involved arrested and charged. Charges varied for the officers but included second degree murder, manslaughter, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Prince Is Recording A Tribute Song For Baltimore

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Prince has recorded a song to address the uprising in Baltimore that began after Freddie Gray was killed by six Baltimore officers.

A spokesperson told Billboard that the track is a “tribute to all of the people of the city of Baltimore” and that it Prince will also speak his mind about the wave of police killings of black men across the nation.

There is no word on when the song will be released, but the cover art was unveiled. Take a look below.

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RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Diddy Announces That His Next World Tour Will Be His Last

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After Diddy releasing his upcoming album, Money Makin’ Mitch, it seems like he will be slowing things down. While appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show, he revealed that the next time he heads out on a world tour that it will be his last time doing so. The hip-hop says he wants to focus more on his family so he’s going to give up touring.

“I’m not gonna hit a lot of places, but the places that I am gonna hit, it’s important for me because it’s probably my last time touring.” he said after downing a few shots of Ciroc as he and Ellen played the guessing game regarding the announcement. “I’m gonna get to see the world and know that it’s my last time touring. I wanna be here to raise my girls. So that’s the decision that I made.”

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Nicki Minaj’s Former Group Member 7even Up Says She Was Once On The Run For Attempted Murder

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Before Nicki Minaj became a superstar with YMCMB, she was part of a group called Hoodstars along with ex-boyfriend Scaff B (aka Safaree), Lou$tar, and 7even Up. ForbezDVD caught up with 7even, and he discussed his history with the rapper then known as Nicki Maraj.

The conversation included 7even talking about the response he got from Nicki after he came home from jail. He says they remained connected while he was incarcerated, but things were different once his time locked up was over. Issues with money played a role in the situation, and he initially avoided trying to contact Nicki.

By this time, the Queens rhymer had already connected with Lil Wayne’s Young Money, and she was building a buzz in the industry. According to 7even, had got a cold response he got from Nicki when he finally saw her again.

“When I saw her she acted like she didn’t even know me. That’s how I felt,” said 7even. “I was like at least acknowledge me. It hurt more than anything.”

7even says Nicki later called him and apologized. She also allegedly offered him money. 7even believes Safaree was upset over his continued friendship with $tar. Nicki and $tar had falling out at some point, and Safaree (Nicki’s boyfriend at the time) blocked her from reuniting with 7even.

“Sometimes people give you money to get rid of you. So now I can’t say she didn’t do nothing for me,” 7even added. “I didn’t even wanna take the money. That was not the purpose.”

Apparently, it was 7even’s mother that convinced him to take the undisclosed amount of money from Nicki. In another revealing moment, 7even claimed at one point in her life, Nicki was wanted by the law for a serious crime.

“She was on the run for attempt murder,” said 7even. “Facts. I’ll keep it a buck. I ain’t saying nothing wrong. She stayed at my crib at the time.”

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RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Jay Z Alleges Other Companies Are Conducting A “Smear Campaign” Against Tidal + Addresses Elitist Perception Of The Service

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The high-profile, artist-owned streaming platform known as Tidal re-launched just a month ago, but the service has already faced negative media reports about its slow start and criticism for its $20 hi-fi premium price.

Tidal has attracted new users thanks in part to its exclusive content such as new videos from Beyoncé and Rihanna and access to live streams of events like J. Cole’s upcoming concert and Throne Boxing’s “Ward vs Smith.” However, after ranking at #78 on Apple’s App Store two weeks ago, the Tidal application dropped out of the top 750 last week.

In an attempt to right the ship for his new venture, the company’s part owner/public face Jay Z sent out a series of tweets on Sunday addressing the public perception issues surrounding his new venture. The Hip Hop mogul even contends other companies have conducted a “smear campaign” against Tidal. He also lays out the platform’s support of independent artists.

Tidal is doing just fine. We have over 770,000 subs. We have been in business less than one month. We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow & get better.

There are many big companies that are spending millions on a smear campaign. We are not anti-anyone, we are pro-artist and fan. We made Tidal for fans. We have more than just music. We have video, exclusive concerts, tickets for events early, live sports!

Tidal is where artists can give their fans more without the middlemen. Indie artists who want to work directly with us keep 100% of their music. “If you don’t want the CEOs all in the videos.” Tidal pays 75% royalty rate to ALL artists, writers and producers – not just the founding members on stage.

Rich getting richer? Equity values… YouTube $390 billion. Apple $760 billion. Spotify $8 billion. Tidal $60 million. My cousin just moved to Nigeria to discover new talent. Tidal is a global company. We have Tidal X – it supports artists by giving them a platform to connect with their most loyal fans. Tidal is for all.

Our actions will speak louder than words. We made Tidal to bring people the best experiences… and to help artists give that to their fans over and over again… We are human (even Daft Punk ha). We aren’t perfect – but we are determined.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Taylor Swift Raps Young Buck’s “Shorty Wanna Ride” During Acceptance Speech

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Country/Pop star Taylor Swift has not been shy about her appreciation for rap music. She famously posted videos online of her rapping Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle.” Swift has also displayed her love for the Dirty South and G-Unit during an appearance at the Shorty Awards.

After winning the trophy for “Best Singer”, Swift accepted the honor via video. The “Shake It Off” performer took time during her speech to spit the lyrics to Young Buck’s 2004 hit “Shorty Wanna Ride.”

“My second thought – just for the record – was ‘Shorty wanna ride with me, ride with me. We can get low,’” rapped Taylor.

 

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