Every year it seems Coachella manages to ensemble and even more exciting motley crew of performers to headline their stages. This year they outdid themselves by reuniting one of hip hop’s most beloved group – Outkast – following a near 8-year hiatus. Add to that show stopping performances from Pharrell Williams, Disclosure, Nas, A$AP Ferg, Solange, Warpaint, Lana Del Rey, Banks and heaps of others, not to mention the special guests some of these artists brought out including Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J et el.

As the first weekend comes to an end, we’ve compiled some of the best performances from the past two days for you to sit back and enjoy. We’ll keep adding more full performances as they become available. And we’ll do the same with next weekends festivities too. Watch Outkast’s set up top and all the others after the jump.

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Converse continue their impressive residency at 100 Club with the announcement that How To Dress Well will headline a show, supported by Koreless, on April 23rd. As like Converse’s packed-out shows with A$AP Ferg and Blood Orange earlier this year, tickets for HTDW’s show will be free via their official website from today (April 8). Make sure you get yours.

In case you missed it, take a listen to How To Dress Well’s fabulous new single ‘Repeat Pleasure’ lifted off his forthcoming new LP What Is This Heart? due out June 23rd.

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Sony announced this week plans to release another posthumous Michael Jackson album titled Xscape which will hit shelves on May 13th. The news was accompanied by the albums, quite frankly ridiculous, artwork and was met (by me) with large scepticism. And even despite the latest news that our hero D’Angelo will have a production credit on a track featuring Questlove & Mary J. Blige – my scepticism is still vigilant.

Of course the very notion that D’Angelo has even glanced at a song graced by Michael Jackson is enough to make our heads (and presumably, the universe) explode but the truth is, these are songs Jackson never intended to see the light of day. These are incomplete songs void of MJ’s true completed vision – I can’t imagine any true artist (past or present) feeling satisfied at the idea of their music being released without their approval; hence why Stevie Wonder, Prince and Madlib all intend on having their masters destroyed after they die – to protect the integrity of their legacy… Not to mention everything that Sony has touched since MJ’s passing has been utterly shambolic.

So yes, a pretty significant, albeit selfish, victory for us fans but we’ll wait until we hear the full thing before we embrace an illegitimate Michael Jackson album.

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Woah! What a lineup!

Lovebox may have changed the format from 3 days to 2 days this year, but they are sure packing a lot into the 18th and 19th July.

Victoria Park is a must this year. The decade old East London festival has just confirmed proud Londoners MIA and Chase and Status as the weekend headliners, alongside the likes of Bonobo, A$AP Rocky, Katy B, Banks, Joey Badass, Mount Kimbie, Bondax, MNEK, Submotion Orchestra and more. Have a funny feeling they have a few more surprises up their sleeve too…#justsaying

 Find more information and get your tickets (start from £35) here!

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I shouldn’t be, but I’m still amazed that we still don’t have that new D’Angelo album, especially considering everyone was saying how ‘almost finished’ it was. Anyways, while we continue to wait – there is some pretty exciting news in the world of D. Nearly 20 years after its first (limited) release, Virgin/UMe will re-release a repackaged version of D’Angelo’s Live at The Jazz Cafe EP later this month. The new edition will include the entire set from the legendary 1995 show and also will include an essay from D’s manager Alan Leeds.

It’s not a new album but we’ll take it. My Live at The Jazz Cafe album is one my prized possessions, this will add nicely to my collection. Gassed. Full track list after the jump.

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LE1F has announced a new record deal with Terrible Records / XL Recordings that will see him release a new EP titled Hey on March 11th. The new five-track release will including Le1f’s cut-throat single ‘Wut’, along with four new tunes including ‘Boom’. Featuring a fittingly boisterous beat, LE1F’s unmistakable steeze leads the way for what sounds to be a legit new chapter in the career of this rising emcee. “Working with XL Recordings was my teenage dream. Ethan [Silverman, Terrible Records] made that a reality. I’ve been keeping quiet about this for almost a year. I’m excited I could finally brag about it”.

It has become quite clear over the past few years that Wireless has become one of the hypest London festival of the calendar year.

This year they’ve done it again and secured headliners Kanye West, Drake, Bruno Mars, as well as Outkast and Pharrell. Not to mention countless other acts like Azealia Banks, A$AP Ferg and others who have yet to be announced. Oh yea, did we mention Salt N Pepa too? Yah.

And it was hard to imagine Wireless topping last year. Not only did they lock in headliners Justin Timberlake & Jay Z but they also put on one of the most progressive hip hop lineups I think we’ve ever seen in a mainstream UK festival. I mean – they had A Tribe Called Quest there!

This year they’ll help tick another life box with Outkast (!!). Although not billed as a headliner (however strange that may feel, it’s actually not that unusual when you think about it), Andre and Big Boi, as promised, will for the first time in over 10 years perform live.

Moreover this years show will not take place at the Olympic Village as it did last year, but instead will happen in North London’s Finsbury Park. And as a North Londoner, that’s pretty much the icing on the cake. Moreover, the festival will also be heading to Birmingham for the very first time.

For more information and for tickets head to wirelessfestival.co.uk. We’ll keep you updated on new announcements to come.

Last nights Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles and saw the worlds biggest and best take to the stage. As ever the winners and losers will divide opinion but what is unquestionable (to most at least) is that the night will very probably belong to one lady, who wasn’t even nominated – Beyonce. Performing new music from her surprise self-titled album for the first time – Bey opened the ceremony with husband Jay Z performing ‘Drunk in Love’.

Watch the Carters up top and the rest, including performances from Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams & Stevie Wonder, after the jump…

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Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire have been announced as headline acts for Coachella 2014.

Each year the festival, which takes place over two weekends in April (11th-13th & 18th-20th) sees a whole load of acts take to the stage and of course this year is no exception. Pharrell, Disclosure, Nas, Solange, HAIM, Lana Del Rey, Blod Orange, the Internet, Shlohmo, A$AP Ferg and many others will all head to the desert to perform. It’s crazy how all those awesome names feel relatively unimpressive when stacked up under Outkast, right? Full line up above.

More info here. See you in the desert.

Noah ’40′ Shebib has officially disassociated himself with the posthumous Aaliyah project which last year enraged a whole legion of the late singers devoted fans.

Following the release of ‘Enough Said’ which Drake shared in 2012, news of an impending full-length album had everyone talking – including some of Aaliyah’s nearest and dearest. This despite the fact that initial idea for the project came directly from Blackground Records (Aaliyah’s label), when the singers uncle and cousin spoke to Shebib and said “if [Aaliyah] was around she’d want you to do this project”. Interestingly 40 also revealed that Drake wasn’t attached to the project at first but being a huge fan asked if he could be involved – Shebib naturally responded “of course, we’ll do it together”.

And despite Timbaland’s early objections to the album Shebib revealed to Vibe that he did, in part, eventually receive the producers blessing to create the project. It wasn’t however under Aaliyah’s mother said “I don’t want this out” that Shebib decided to pull the plug saying “[that] was enough for me… I walked away very quickly”.

Noah also revealed how he didn’t feel comfortable with the stigma attached to the project – a stigma he said was unfairly based on Drake’s involvement: “the world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it… That was a very sad experience for me”.

… I still think something great could have come from this and although I feel a lot of the initial backlash was unwarranted and not very well thought-out – I think given Aaliyah’s family were behind the ultimate decision, calling the project off was the right thing to do. Lets just pray some of that music sees the light of day somehow. In the meantime – lets reload ‘Enough Said’ one more time.

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