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HBO sets release dates for new ‘Music Box’ documentaries on DMX, Juice WRLD, Alanis Morissette and more

HBO has set release dates for the five remaining instalments of its Music Box documentary series, all of which are set to stream exclusively on HBO Max throughout November and December.

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The series kicked off back in July with Woodstock 99: Peace, Love And Rage, a 110-minute film exploring the turbulent story behind the titular festival. The next instalment, Jagged, is set to focus on Alanis Morissette’s 1995 debut ‘Jagged Little Pill’, and will begin streaming on November 18.

That film will be followed by documentaries spotlighting the late DMX (DMX: Don’t Try To Understand) and jazz legend Kenny G (Listening To Kenny G), with their instalments dated for November 25 and December 2, respectively.

Robert Stigwood – the Australian impresario best known for producing Grease and Saturday Night Fever – will be honoured with a documentary titled Mr. Saturday Night, due for release on December 9. The Music Box series will then conclude on December 16 with a film about the late rapper Juice WRLD, titled Juice WRLD: Into The Abyss.

Have a look at a new teaser for HBO’s Music Box series below:

Morissette spoke out against the release of Jagged back in September, rescinding her support for the film after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. She said the film – which includes an eye-opening interview with the singer-songwriter – contains “implications and facts that are simply not true”.

She accused the team behind the documentary of having a “salacious agenda”, saying she “was lulled into a false sense of security” and telling her fans: “This was not the story I agreed to tell. I sit here now experiencing the full impact of having trusted someone who did not warrant being trusted.”

Earlier this summer, it was revealed that Juice WRLD’s next posthumous album will be released in the form of a trilogy. A trailer was subsequently shared for first instalment, ‘The Party Never Ends’, with a single titled ‘Already Dead’ reportedly set to arrive later this month.

Last month, it was confirmed that after a lengthy battle regarding DMX‘s estate, the late rapper’s three eldest sons had been temporarily announced as co-administrators. The rapper’s first posthumous album, ‘Exodus’, was released back in May, and featured guest appearances from the likes of Swizz Beats, Jay-ZNasLil Wayne and Snoop Dogg.

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Big Three fuel Lakers to tight win over Rockets

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook combined for a season-best 84 points Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit and survived a wild finish for a 119-117 victory over the visiting Houston Rockets. The Lakers’ third consecutive win was not at all like their 95-85 triumph over the Rockets […]

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Listen to a snippet of Post Malone and The Weeknd’s new collaboration ‘One Right Now’

Post Malone and The Weeknd have teased a new collaborative single titled ‘One Right Now’, sharing a snippet of the track.

The brief audio clip, posted on both artists’ Instagram accounts earlier today (November 3), features both Post and The Weeknd singing. Post’s manager Dre London also shared the snippet on his own account, revealing the track’s title as ‘One Right Now’ and suggesting it will arrive this Friday (November 5).

Listen to the snippet below:

‘One Right Now’ will mark Post’s second single for the year, following ‘Motley Crew’. That track arrived back in July alongside a Cole Bennett-directed video that featured cameos from Ty Dolla $ignBig SeanSAINt JHNMötley Crüe‘s Tommy Lee and more.

The rapper’s last studio album was 2019’s ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’. Since then, Post has featured on numerous other artists’ tracks, including Ozzy Osbourne cut ‘It’s a Raid’, a remix of Saweetie’s ‘Tap In’, Big Sean collaboration ‘Wolves’ and Ty Dolla $ign‘s ‘Spicy’.

The Weeknd, meanwhile, has appeared on the likes of Doja Cat‘s ‘You Right’, Kanye West‘s ‘Donda’ cut ‘Hurricane’ (alongside Lil Baby) and last month featured on Swedish House Mafia‘s ‘Moth to a Flame’.

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In August, The Weeknd released ‘Take My Breath’, the lead single to his upcoming fifth studio album, details of which are yet to be revealed. The singer’s last album, ‘After Hours’, arrived last year.

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Rosalía announces new album ‘Motomami’ for 2022, teases first single

Rosalía has locked in a 2022 release for her forthcoming third album, ‘Motomami’, sharing the news alongside a bewitching teaser for a new song from it.

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The 15-second snippet previews a sharp, club-ready thumper that sees the singer repeating the album’s title. Check out the teaser for the lead single from ‘Motomami’ below:

Rosalía first spoke about the album – the follow-up to 2018’s ‘El Mal Querer’ – last December, telling Variety that she was “closing the cycle of these recording” and was “really happy with them”.

Since the release of ‘El Mal Querer’, Rosalía has released a total of 10 standalone singles, including ‘A Palé’ and ‘Juro Que’, the Travis Scott-featuring ‘TKN’, Billie Eilish collaboration ‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’, ‘La Noche De Anoche’ (a team-up with Bad Bunny that the pair then performed on Saturday Night Live) and the Tokischa-featuring ‘Linda’.

She also linked up with Arca for the track ‘KLK’, appeared on an album of music inspired by Game Of Thrones, joined The Weeknd on a remix of his smash hit ‘Blinding Lights’, and guested on a redux of Oneohtrix Point Never’s song ‘Nothing’s Special’.

Back in September, Rosalía took home the 2021 MTV Video Music Award for Best Latin Video, earning the win with Eilish for ‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’.

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Taylor Swift, Saweetie to perform on ‘Saturday Night Live’ this month

Taylor Swift and Saweetie have been announced as musical guests for Saturday Night Live this month.

Ed Sheeran‘s performance this week (November 6) – which was made uncertain after the singer tested positive for COVID-19 – has also been confirmed. The episode, which comes after Sheeran released fourth album ‘=’ last week, will be hosted by Succession actor Kieran Culkin.

READ MORE: Ed Sheeran – ‘=’ review: the millennial Lionel Richie indulges his saccharine streak

Swift will perform the following weekend on on November 13, with The Harder They Fall star Jonathan Majors on hosting duties. Saweetie will appear a week later on November 20, with Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings‘ Simu Liu hosting.

November on SNL! pic.twitter.com/LqwRCeUdxY

— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 2, 2021

Swift’s appearance on the show will come one day after she releases the new, re-recorded version of her second studio album ‘Red’. Swift last appeared on SNL in 2019, where she performed both the title track and ‘False God’ from her album ‘Lover’.

Saweetie, meanwhile, will make her debut on the show with her performance. The rapper is currently readying her first album ‘Pretty Bitch Music’.

While a release date is yet to be revealed for the album, she’s released a string of singles; ‘Tap In’ and Jhené Aiko collaboration ‘Back To The Streets’ last year, along with the Doja Cat-featuring ‘Best Friend’ and solo single ‘Fast (Motion)’ in 2021.

Saturday Night Live‘s 47th season premiered on October 2. Musical guests who’ve appeared on the show’s current season include Kacey Musgraves, Halsey, Young Thug and Brandi Carlile.

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Kendrick Lamar to appear on new Terrace Martin album ‘Drones’ alongside Snoop Dogg, Ty Dolla $ign and more

LA multi-hyphenate Terrace Martin has announced the imminent release of his new record ‘Drones’, a sprawling concept album featuring many of hip-hop’s brightest stars in guest spots.

The title track alone features Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, James Fauntleroy and Snoop Dogg, with Martin also linking up with the likes of Cordae, Channel Tres, YG, Hit-Boy and Leon Bridges elsewhere on the tracklist (take a look at the full list below).

The album was announced through a teaser aired on ESPN, and is set to be released this Friday (November 5) via Sounds Of Crenshaw/BMG.

Martin hinted in a press release that it will feature elements of R&B, jazz, house, classical and hip-hop, as well as Cuban and West African styles. “You’re going to hear all elements of Black music within this record,” he said. “It’s not one element I can leave out if I call myself a true Black artist.”

Take a look at the trailer for ‘Drones’ below, then check out lead single ‘Let Us Be’:

In a new interview with Stereogum, Martin explained that he first thought of concept behind ‘Drones’ shortly after he finished working with Lamar on the latter’s 2015 album, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’. He said that he and Lamar “had this whole conversation and we were looking at our phones and not each other the whole time”.

“We’re like fuckin’ robots,” he continued. “And it’s not just us. Everybody always says the younger generation is so on the phone, but naw, everybody is addicted to the phone. Everybody. So he went in there, man, and he just started saying what being a drone means to him, and… the song ‘Drones’ itself is pretty much a statement that we are all one and we are all even robots as one.

“It’s like we are all in a weird state to where we have these things, these gadgets [that] control us, and they help us but a lot of times they make us more shallow. We lose trust, we have lack of compassion, we have lack of love, it’s shaming going on, it’s all these different wars between these different people that everybody thinks everybody’s different, and the phone is a big deal.”

As for Lamar’s own output, fans are expecting the rapper to make his long-awaited comeback imminently. The follow-up to 2017’s ‘DAMN.’ has been teased repeatedly throughout 2021, with speculation renewed in the summer after he announced his final album for longtime label Top Dawg Entertainment in a letter to fans.

Speculation was then further fuelled when Kendrick registered a host of new songs with ASCAP, and earlier this month changed his profile picture on Spotify. He’s scheduled to headline the Day N Vegas festival in Las Vegas this month, and will perform alongside Dr. DreEminem, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige at next year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show.

The full tracklisting for ‘Drones’ is:

1. ‘Turning Poison Into Medicine’
2. ‘Drones’ (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, James Fauntleroy and Snoop Dogg)
3. ‘Leave Us Be’
4. ‘Work It Out’ (featuring Cordae)
5. ‘This Morning’ (featuring Arin Ray and Smino)
6. ‘Trapped’ (featuring Channel Tres and Celeste)
7. ‘Reflection’ (featuring James Fauntleroy)
8. ‘Leimert Park
9. ‘Griots Of The Crenshaw District’ (featuring Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper and Hit-Boy)
10. ‘Evil Eyes’ (featuring YG and Malaya)
11. ‘Sick Of Cryin’ (featuring Leon Bridges and D Smoke)
12. ‘Don’t Let Go’
13. ‘Listen’ (featuring James Fauntleroy, Kim Burrell and Robert Glasper)

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Jay-Z Launches an Instagram Account

Jay-Z, the billionaire hip-hop superstar, Hall of Famer, entrepreneur and father, is now the proud owner of an Instagram account.

The Brooklyn-born businessman and rapper, born Shawn Carter, quietly launched a profile on Insta.

Hov got his latest venture underway with a single post, the poster art for Jeymes Samuel’s 2021 Netflix film The Harder They Fall, and an IG Story, featuring a countdown for the Western’s premiere.

If you thought Jay-Z’s post was a timely piece of self-promotion, you’d be right.

The film was co-produced by Jay-Z, and, naturally, he was in charge of the official soundtrack, on which he appears across several tracks.

Jay’s spartan (and verified) account has already notched-up more than 821,000 followers and can be found here.

Social media is only a tiny wheel in the sprawling machine that is Jay-Z’s business empire.

According to Forbes, Carter’s net worth “conservatively totals $1 billion, making him one of only a handful of entertainers to become a billionaire — and the first hip-hop artist to do so.”

That pile will have grown since Forbes crunched the numbers. Back in March, Jack Dorsey’s financial services company Square announced a deal to buy Tidal, the streaming brand led by Jay-Z. Square reportedly paid in the region of $350 million in cash and stock for a “significant majority” of Tidal.

Jay’s life is apparently never dull. Just last weekend, he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.

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Gang Of Youths blur the lines between youth and adulthood in ‘The Man Himself’ music video

Gang Of Youths have shared a sepia-toned music video for their latest single, ‘The Man Himself’, embracing nostalgia by way of a choppy, yet entrancing visual aesthetic.

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The clip was directed by Joel Barney (who has also helmed the videos for Gang Of Youths’ recent singles ‘The Angel Of 8th Ave.’ and ‘Unison’) and is based on a concept by frontman Dave Le’aupepe. The segments of stop-motion animation were created by Mickey Mason, incorporating childhood photos of Le’aupepe.

In a statement, Barney said: “Dave came to me with the idea of creating a video that incorporated the idea of a younger version of himself. We wanted to blur the lines of the connection by making it seem like flashes of Dave reminiscing on his childhood or the younger version of himself imagining the future.”

Barney also touched on the idea behind flickering between shots of Dave in the present day and stop-motion sequences of his youth, saying that “one of the main focuses for the video was pulling together a sense of nostalgia whilst keeping it feeling dreamlike”. The clashing aesthetics were chosen “to give the video a textured feeling” and “separate the two parts of the video visually, whilst still existing within the same world”.

On how Mason added his own touch to the process, Barney explained that the animator “used real textured brush strokes and materials to give the video an authentic feel”, opining that his unique style “brings the video out of the screen into something feeling material”.

Watch the music video for ‘The Man Himself’ below:

Gang Of Youths first shared ‘The Man Himself’ last month, as the latest single from their as-yet-untitled third third album. Also due to feature are ‘The Angel Of 8th Ave.’ and another new song titled ‘Brothers’ (as per a rough draft of its tracklist they posted to their socials last week). The record is expected to land in the early months of 2022.

Upon its release, Le’aupepe explained that ‘The Man Himself’ tackles with themes of grief following the death of his father. He said in a statement: “If I ever have kids I’m not really sure how to raise them without my dad helping me out.”

On November 17, Gang Of Youths will headline a special show at London’s Omeara, celebrating the venue’s fifth birthday. Soul musician Aaron Taylor will also perform, with Omeara’s popular weekly LGBTQ+ club night ‘Feel It’ due to spin tunes into the early hours.

Mumford & Sons‘ Ben Lovett, who founded the 325-capacity venue back in 2016, explained: “We’ve had some incredible shows at Omeara, and shows that people still talk to us about several years on. That’s why we started it.

Also this month, Gang Of Youths are locked in to support Sam Fender on five of his sold-out shows around the UK. They’ll open for the indie-rocker in Newcastle, London, Leeds and Cardiff, with a few of their own sold-out gigs (specifically in Nottingham, Glasgow, Brighton and Bristol) sprinkled throughout the run.

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Jamie Spears Asks For ‘Unconditional’ End to Britney Conservatorship

After an overhaul of his legal team, Jamie Spears is now asking a California court for an immediate and “unconditional” end to Britney Spears’ conservatorship – “not tomorrow or next week, now.”

In a filing on Monday (Nov. 2), Jamie asked the judge overseeing the case to end the conservatorship without “any caveat” and said he would hand over all documents related to the 13-year arrangement because he has “nothing to hide.”

The filing was written by Alex M. Weingarten, an attorney at the firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher who replaced Jamie’s longtime lawyer last month.

“Jamie unconditionally loves and supports his daughter. Full stop,” Weingarten wrote. “As he has done for her entire life, Jamie will do everything he can to protect and care for her. For the last 13 years, that included serving as her conservator. Now, it means ending her conservatorship.”

The filing is not quite as dramatic as it seems. Jamie has already been suspended as Britney’s conservator, and has already asked to end the conservatorship. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 12, where it is expected that L.A. County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny will do so.

But it had previously been unclear the extent to which Jamie would leave unconditionally, including whether he seek stipulations or compensation, or whether he would seek to avoid turning over records to Britney’s attorney Mathew Rosengart – a former federal prosecutor who has vowed to investigate potential misconduct.

In the new filing, the elder Spears made clear that his support for ending the conservatorship was not “subject to a demand for releases or compensation” and that he would “unconditionally cooperate in transferring all files.”

“Jamie believes that every aspect of the conservatorship should be made available for public examination – not the targeted leaks and misinformation that have resulted in such tabloid fodder,” Weingarten wrote. “The time for innuendo, misrepresentations and impudent gossip is over.”

Britney Spears was placed in the conservatorship, under control of her father, in 2008 following a string of erratic behavior and public incidents. But the arrangement began to be scrutinized in 2019, leading to high-profile investigative documentaries and a #FreeBritney movement among fans.

On Sept. 29, after months of increasing tension, Judge Penny temporarily suspended Jamie as conservator of his daughter’s estate. A hearing to terminate the conservatorship entirely is set for next Friday (Nov. 12).

But that is unlikely to be the end of the legal battle.

Britney’s attorney, Rosengart, of Greenberg Traurig, has made serious allegations of wrongdoing by Jamie, echoing claims made by documentaries and other critics. He has vowed a “top-to-bottom” examination of his behavior and records, and has even hinted that the case could bring a “hard look” from law enforcement. Jamie and his attorneys have denied all such accusations.

Rosengart did not immediately return a request for comment on Jamie’s new filing on Tuesday evening.

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Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld: Live’ Is Coming to Apple Music

Travis Scott’s all-action Astroworld fest is coming to a small screen near you.

Scott’s first performance at the 2021 edition of Astroworld Festival will stream worldwide this Friday from 10pm ET, through an exclusive with Apple Music.

Astroworld: Live takes its name from the rapper’s third studio album, which logged multiple weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and established Scott as one of the biggest names in the hip-hop game.

The Houston star caps his hometown event by headlining a two-day concert which, according to a statement from Apple, will stream in 167 countries and regions.

Astroworld the album was an astronomical success, pushing its way to more than half-a-million equivalent album units in week one.

All 17 tracks from it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, including two in the Top 10 (“Sicko Mode” and “Stargazing”), making Scott just the fourth act to debut multiple songs in the tier simultaneously.

Along the way, he has collected eight Grammy Award nominations and launched a limited-edition partnership with McDonalds, becoming just the second-ever celebrity to team with the burger chain for a personalized meal, after Michael Jordan in 1992.

Read more here and watch the Astroworld: Live trailer below.

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The Lazy Eyes drop new single ‘Fuzz Jam’, announce debut album ‘SongBook’

The Lazy Eyes have released a new single, ‘Fuzz Jam’, coinciding with the announcement of their forthcoming debut album ‘SongBook’.

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In a press statement, the band’s vocalist-guitarist Harvey Geraghty discussed the foundations of the track’s soundscape.

“I wrote ‘Fuzz Jam’ to use this instrument that [guitarist Itay Sasha] bought live,” he said. “It’s this Hohner Pianet T, and we wanted a more hard track to play on it, instead of just singing songy ones.”

A trippy monochrome outset, the official clip for ‘Fuzz Jam’ sees the psych-rock outfit fade in and out with a kaleidoscope effect – reminiscent of The White Stripes‘ ‘Seven Nation Army’ video – played out to subtle rock riffs that rhythmically penetrate the understated vocal melodies as the song reaches its fuzzed-out peak.

Watch the music video for ‘Fuzz Jam’ below:

The band also announced today (November 3) the forthcoming release of their highly anticipated debut album, entitled ‘SongBook’.

The release will hold some of The Lazy Eyes’ best songs to date, largely lifted from their first two EPs, simply dubbed ‘EP1’ and ‘EP2’, including the singles ‘Where’s My Brain?’, ‘Cheesy Love Song’ and ‘Nobody Taught Me’.

The Lazy Eyes were also revealed this morning as one of two support acts for The Strokes on their tour of Australia in 2022, joining The Chats on the bill.

Upon the release of EP1 in June 2020, NME gave the offering a four-star review, saying the group coasted “from dazed pop to shameless love ballads, claiming pole position for the next mainstage psych outfit along the way”.

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Kobe Bryant chopper crash victim families win $2.5M over photos

LOS ANGELES — Relatives of people who perished in the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant will receive $2.5 million in compensation over graphic photos of the accident that were snapped surreptitiously by sheriff’s deputies and firefighters. The settlement, agreed Tuesday by Los Angeles County, does not apply to the widow of the NBA legend, who […]

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