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.

Pusha T made a lot of people happy when he announced he was going into the studio with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo – aka The Neptunes for 20 days to record new music. Things got even more hyphy when he uploaded a snap of them all in the studio together. At the same time rumours began to swirl that the studio sessions were also being used to reunite The Clipse – a rumour that now seems pretty official after Pusha linked to a Karen Civil post on Facebook with the comment “Clipse working on new album”.

I’ll let you sit with that while you wipe your brains from off the wall. It’s happening.

Here’s some exciting, but perhaps not all too surprising, news. Electronic experimentalist Shlohmo and R&B comeback kid Jeremih have announced a collaborative EP which is due out February 2014. The news follows their excellent track ‘Bo Peep (Do You Right)’ which was dropped via Yours Truly earlier this year. Watch the trailer for the new project up top. Must say I’m  pretty excited about this – I think this combination will naturally push out some really creative stuff. Here’s to 2014.

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As you may (or may not) have heard, Childish Gambino is releasing his new album, Because the Internet  in about a month, precisely, December 10. After sharing a couple of tracks from the album, the rapper unveiled both the cover art (above) and the tracklisting, which will come with a script. The 19-track project will feature the likes of Chance the RapperJhene Aiko and Azealia Banks. Check out full track-listing after the jump.

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Justin Timberlake is a futurist in his own right, but his latest move proves he remains a veteran artist with a strong understanding of what’s happening right now to a generation who may not have grown up during the Justified or Futuresex/Lovesounds era. Timberlake has recruited alt-R&B eidolon The Weeknd to open for him on his forthcoming 20/20 Experience Tour. Abel, currently on his own tour will join Justin during his shows in March and then join Drake on his tour shortly after.

Drizzy’s already successful U.S tour in support of his third album Nothing Was the Same will be reaching for UK shores in March 2013. The first UK dates have just been announced with stops in Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow, Nottingham, Birmingham and two dates at London’s O2 arena.

Pre-sale goes live on October 30th – check full dates after the jump.

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Before proposing to KimKanye West headed to San Fran for Wild 94.9’s, The JV Show. Amongst all the happenings and drama surrounding Kanye in these last few months, he seems to have remained unmoved, still as passionate and motivated as ever. Yeezy talked on the controversy surrounding the appearance of a Jesus look-alike on his ‘Yeezus Tour,’. He spoke on the Illuminati rumours and even addressed the “changing voice” speculation surrounding him since the interview with Kris Jenner. Watch the interview above and after the jump.

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Soon after Kanye’s ‘Bound 2′ performance on the same stage, Drake premiered a brand new track titled ‘Too Much’ last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Accompanied by Sampha (our boy’s still killing it) this track shows Drizzy getting more personal and deep than ever before. Driven by the soft but powerful piano beat of Sampha (who also, quite beautifully, sings the hook) Drake addresses that the fame and fortune he’s gained through his successful career has distanced him from friends and family with whom he was close to before. The performance comes one day after the release of the hyped-about track ‘Wu-Tang Forever‘ his homage to the legendary Clan – who don’t seem too happy about the joint. Sampha was previously featured on ‘The Motion‘ which came out back in June.

Prior to his performance on the show, Drake was interviewed by Jimmy Fallon, speaking about the Nothing Was The Same cover art, the collaborators he worked with and the tour that will follow. Watch the full interview above and skip to 5:20 for the performance.

Nothing Was The Same – September 24th

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