Radio2funky Goes FM!
4 - 31 October
Leicester’s Black History Month now has its own dedicated radio station – Radio2Funky 95.1FM
Tune in, throughout October, for broadcasts on the history of Black music, arts, culture and society in Leicester from the last 67 years. Find out about events happening as part of Black History Month 2015, and listen to heritage interviews, historical speakers and music of Black origin. Young volunteers are taking over Radio2Funky throughout the festival.
28th September 2015 22:47
Minaj feuds explode and blow over at the VMAs
The beef exploded after Nicki slammed Miley Cyrus live on air. The rapper was accepting an for Best Hip Hop video and just before wrapping up her speech she blatantly cussed Miley, who served as host of the 2015 MTV VMAs.
'And now back to this b***h who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what's good?' Nicki sneered.
Miley responded without batting an eye, saying: 'Hey we're all in this industry, we all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate.'
31st August 2015 13:09
Sean Price Dead
Sean Price, Brooklyn rapper and member of the hip-hop groups Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik and Random Axe, died Saturday morning at the age of 43. DJ Premier first revealed Price's death, posting on Instagram, "R.I.P. Ruck… Love and Respect to The Duck Down Family!!! #SeanPrice." Price's wife also confirmed the rapper's death on Facebook
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/sean-price-veteran-rapper-and-boot-camp-clik-member-dead-at-43-20150808#ixzz3iRz79trH
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10th August 2015 22:34
Dumped over Skepta Tattoo
It seems Grime MC Skepta is becoming broadly popular, and it’s safe to say 2015 has already been a big year for him. Grime music has often been shunned from mainstream British media, but international artist such as Kayne West and Drake have shown a good amount of support for the scene. With his expanding fame, the latest news of holiday go-er Liam Scott being dumped for his ‘Skepta tattoo’, is trending on social media. The ‘Shutdown’ fan did gain a friendly response from Skepta, advising him “Plenty more fish in the sea bro.”
21st July 2015 15:07
P Diddy and Bad Boy Records B.E.T Reunion
Sunday nights BET awards had various ups and downs, but the notorious Bad-Boy crews’ surprise performance was definitely the highlight of the evening. Despite front man P Diddy’s mishap, falling through the stage mid-performance, the star continued as if it didn’t happen. The performance consisted of classic throw-backs by the likes of Mase, Lil Kim, 112 and Lox.
2nd July 2015 10:35
Nas And Drake Star In Sprite’s “Obey Your Verse” Commercial
Sprite announced earlier this week that it was featuring Nas, Drake, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rakim lines on limited edition cans for the “Obey Your Thirst” promotion. The commercial debuted today. It features Drake and Nas, a lot of slow motion and some mutual respect. The best part about it is we can finally retire that damn Robot Drake commercial.
15th June 2015 21:52
Ice Cube Will Reunite With Some Members Of N.W.A At Upcoming Concert, But Where’s Dr. Dre?
Prior to the release of the forthcoming N.W.A biopic, Ice Cube will reunite onstage with group members MC Ren and DJ Yella at BET’s Experience concert on June 27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the rapper recently told Rolling Stone.
9th June 2015 11:02
Five Arrested On Set Of Music Video Starring French Montana, Ja Rule, & Busta Rhymes
Five people have been arrested on set of a French Montana, Busta Rhymes and Ja Rule music video in Brooklyn, New York.
NY Daily News reports:
Three men and two women — including the set security guard — were facing weapons and drug charges after plainclothes cops infiltrated the shoot behind a Fulton St. Bravo Supermarket in East New York at about 6:15 p.m. and spotted the illegal hardware, officials said.
1st June 2015 13:38
Hundreds Gather To Lay Rapper Chinx To Rest In Queens
The murder of Chinx has shocked the hip-hop community, but his loved ones are the ones really feeling his loss.
Funeral services for the Coke Boyz rapper, whose real name is Lionel Pickens, were held in Queens, New York earlier today, where friends, family, and fans gathered to say their goodbyes as he was laid to rest.
27th May 2015 21:02
Stream Ciara's New Album, Jackie
Ciara’s sixth studio album, Jackie, is available for streaming on Spotify now.
After teasing fans with “I Bet,” “That’s How I’m Feelin’” and “Dance Like We’re Making Love,” CiCi decided to give her fans a proper way to start off their work week with the full album. Jackie, which is named after her mother (because she’s one now too), will likely please her core fanbase, who have been waiting for something new since her self-titled album. It features production from Dr. Luke and Polow da Don.
The 29-year-old singer is currently on her Jackie tour that’ll run throughout May.
4th May 2015 20:07
Percy Sledge Dies at age of 73
US soul singer Percy Sledge, who sang the classic 'When a Man Loves a Woman', has died aged 73.
Louisiana coroner Dr William Clark confirmed that Sledge died early on Tuesday morning at his home in Baton Rouge.
When a Man Loves a Woman was Sledge's first single. He said of the song, 'I hummed it all my life, even when I was picking and chopping cotton in the fields.'.
The debut single reached the top 10 twice in the UK and topped the US Billboard chart for two weeks in 1966, when it also got to number four in the UK chart.
14th April 2015 18:05
A$AP Rocky Opens Up About the Death of A$AP Yams
Days after A$AP Yams' death was ruled an accidental drug overdose, his longtime friend and collaborator A$AP Rocky has finally opened up about his death.
Speaking to the New York Times, Rocky admits that Yams had a long history of drug abuse. "He always had a struggle with drugs," Rocky said. "That was his thing." Rocky also describes the night Yams died, this past January, revealing that he and A$AP Lou discovered Yams (real name Steven Rodriguez) in his bed covered in vomit.
24th March 2015 10:04
Kanye West Delivers That G.O.O.D. Friday Turn Up On ‘All Day’
Kanye West took the stage this evening at The BRIT Awards, and delivered his latest song, “All Day.” The fiery performance, complete with flame throwers and a flash mob including Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom, is a solid return to West’s G.O.O.D. Friday days. No word on when the new album drops, but it sounds like the Yeezus era may be over.
26th February 2015 11:29
Grammy Awards 2015: The Winners
Record of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Song of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Album of the Year
Beck - Morning Phase
Best New Artist
Best Rock Album
Beck – “Morning Phase”
Best Pop Vocal Album
Sam Smith – “In The Lonely Hour”
Best Pop Solo Performance
Pharrell – “Happy”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Cheek To Cheek
Best Rock Performance
Jack White – “Lazaretto”
Best Metal Performance
Tenacious D – “The Last In Line”
Best Rock Song
Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun” Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters
Best Alternative Rock Album
St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar – “I”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Eminem Featuring Rihanna – “The Monster”
Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – “I”
Best Rap Album
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Best R&B Song
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Pharrell Williams – Girl
Best R&B Album
Toni Braxton & Babyface - Love, Marriage & Divorce
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin - Syro
Best Dance Recording
Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne - ”Rather Be”
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Song Written for Visual Media
“Let It Go” from Frozen
Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Band Perry – “Gentle On My Mind”
Best American Roots Performance
Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”
Best American Roots Song
Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”
Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash - The River & The Thread
Best Folk Album
Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy
Best Music Video
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Best Instrumental Composition
John Williams – “The Book Thief”
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Pentatonix - ”Daft Punk”
Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals
Billy Childs - ”New York Tendaberry”
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Beck - Morning Phase
Best Surround Sound Album
Beyoncé - Beyoncé
Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley - Fly Rasta
Best World Music Album
Angelique Kidjo - Eve
Best Children’s Album
Neela Vaswani - I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)
Best Musical Theatre Album
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Best Blues Album
Johnny Winter - Step Back
Best Spoken Word Album
Joan Rivers - Diary Of A Mad Diva
Best Comedy Album
“Weird Al” Yankovic - Mandatory Fun
11th February 2015 11:28
Drake, Avicii, David Guetta + Nicki Minaj to headline New Look Wireless 2015
Wireless will return to Finsbury Park for the weekend of 3rd – 5th July to celebrate the festival’s 10th birthday with an incredible line-up and a new name New Look Wireless.
Aside from the headline acts, other noticeable performers on the line up include Labrinth, Joey Bada$$, Clean Bandit, Fuse ODG, Jessie J, Childish Gambino, Nero, Duke Dumont, August Alsina, Grandmaster Flash, Gorgon City, Krept & Konan, Wretch 32, Logic, iLoveMakonnen, G-Eazy, Little Simz, Stormzy and George The Poet.
1st February 2015 17:19
The Weeknd Arrested In Las Vegas
The Canadian R&B artist known as The Weeknd was arrested in Las Vegas after police say he hit an officer in the head.
Las Vegas Police Officer Laura Meltzer says 24-year-old Abel Tesfaye was arrested early Saturday in a Las Vegas Strip hotel on suspicion of misdemeanor battery of a protected person. He was taken to the Clark County Detention Center, but wasn’t listed on the jail roster on Monday.
13th January 2015 10:59
Fabolous Says Drake Apologized For Dissing Him In Rolling Stone
When Drake dissed Kanye West’s lyrics on Yeezus during a Rolling Stone interview this year, he also sent a shot at Fabolous. “There were some real questionable bars on there, like that ‘Swaghili’ line? Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn’t say some shit like that.” According to Fab, Drake eventually apologized for this.
2nd January 2015 11:17
Get your Jodeci playlist ready. The ’90s band reunited for a leather clad performance at the 2014 Soul Train Music Awards with a medley of their hits, and debuted the new single, “Nobody Wins” with special guest B.O.B.
Did they lip sync? That didn’t seem to stop fans on Twitter, who were gushing like it was 1993.
3rd December 2014 16:34
Eminem offers up 66 track mixtape
Eminem has uploaded a 66 track mixtape just weeks ahead of his new album 'Shady XV'.
'Shady XV' is being released to mark the 15th anniversary of Eminem's label Shady Records out this week.
Eminem is one of the few artists whose albums still sell in large numbers. The last Eminem album 'The Marshall Mathers LP2' sold 2,190,000 copies in the USA.
24th November 2014 10:39
The Game UK tour dates
The Game Live Dates:
Monday 15 Liverpool O2 Academy
Wednesday 17 Norwich UEA
Thursday 18 Bristol Motion
Friday 19 London Electric Brixton
Saturday 20 Brighton Concorde 2
28th October 2014 09:49
The Top 10 Most Popular Hip Hop Singles Of The Week: Kendrick Lamar, Game, Chris Brown
Kendrick Lamar releases his long-awaited single and Game preps his October album release with another leak.
The release of Kendrick Lamar’s new single “i” tops HipHopDX’s most popular singles of the week list easily as the first solo release from the rapper in some time. Meanwhile, Game continues to prep a compilation album and released a new single featuring Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, and T.I. Elsewhere, the still-developing story of Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose’s divorce continues to make headlines with the reasons behind the split becoming more public.
29th September 2014 12:44
Beyoncé and Jay Z's 'On The Run' tour to be filmed for TV special
Beyoncé and Jay Z's 'On The Run' tour will be filmed and broadcast for a one-off television special.
The couple's performances at the Paris Stade de France on September 12-13 will be captured by Grammy award-winning director Jonas Åkerlund.
The Swedish director has previously worked with the likes of Coldplay and Britney Spears and has shot live features for Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney.
Åkerlund directed the music video for Beyoncé and Lady Gaga's collaboration 'Telephone'.
'On The Run's residency at the Paris Stade de France will be broadcast on HBO on September 20. A UK airing has yet to be confirmed
9th September 2014 12:08
Dope! Diddy Reveals Artwork & Surprise Release Date For ’1111′ Album
Music mogul Diddy always has some surprises up his sleeve and never ceases to amaze us. On Tuesday morning, he took to his IG account to announce that he’ll be releasing a brand new album entitled ’1111′ on Wednesday, August 20th. He linked up with techno/house producer Guy Gerber on the project, so we should expect a complete different type of sound for this album. Check out what Diddy had to say on Instagram about his [semi Beyonce-inspired] surprise project in the gallery.
20th August 2014 19:55
Rap Release Dates: Tyga, Jhene Aiko , Dilated Peoples, Twista
Tyga announces the release date for his next album, Jhene Aiko updates fans on the release date for "Souled Out."
A few new release dates were announced this week, check out what's new.
Tyga recently revealed the release date for his next album. The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty is slated for release on November 18, according to a Twitter post he made last week.
Jhene Aiko recently updated fans on the release date of her upcoming Souled Out album. September 9 is the new date for the album.
12th August 2014 14:10
Nicki Minaj "Anaconda" Release Pushed Back, Unaltered Cover Art Reportedly Leaks Nicki Minaj "Anaconda" Release Pushed Back, Unaltered Cover Art Reportedly Leaks
UPDATE #2: Nicki Minaj pushes "Anaconda" back and shares several memes inspired by her cover art while the reportedly unaltered cover art leaks.
Yesterday (July 24), Nicki Minaj made waves in headlines when she released a revealing cover for her "Anaconda" single. The Young Money Cash Money Billionaire's artwork featured the emcee in a bra, a g-string and Jordan sneakers.
29th July 2014 12:40
R Kelly working on a house album: 'I feel like I can do anything'
R Kelly has revealed he's working on a house album.
The new project marks the first time that the singer, who is best known for his R&B hits, will be delving into EDM territory.
15th July 2014 13:13
Nicki Minaj Compares Upcoming "The Pink Print" Album To Jay Z's "The Blueprint"
"I really feel like this album will be a blueprint for female rappers to come," Nicki Minaj says of "The Pink Print."
Promoting her upcoming album The Pink Print, Nicki Minaj spoke with DJ Semtex on BBC 1Xtra and explained her own anticipation for the body of work. While she has yet to announce an official release date, Minaj shared that she will be releasing new music in the coming weeks.
“I’m super excited about the music that I have in store for people,” she said. “I have some stuff coming out in the next couple weeks that are gonna blow people's minds. I’m just gearing up for this album. I took my time with the album. I've never felt better to be honest.”
23rd June 2014 11:32
Ice Cube's "22 Jump Street" Opens As Second Highest Earning R-Rated Comedy In History
"22 Jump Street" rakes in over $60 million to win the weekend box office crown.
22 Jump Street just edged out How to Train Your Dragon 2 to take the weekend box office title, grabbing $60 million across 3,306 locations, according to Variety.
Ice Cube assumes the role of Captain Dickson in the movie, a narcotics officer in charge of an undercover operation aimed at locating the supplier of a drug described in the film as "WHYPHY" (WiFi).
16th June 2014 11:33