Ahead of the Lovebox weekend on June 19-21st, RBMA have just announced a special pre-show on June 14th at The Forum headlined by living legend Nike Rodgers and his iconic group Chic. The show will present a “sensational musical journey charting the lineage of the electronic dance music of today back to the sounds of ’70s New York City Disco” and will also feature sets from Seth Troxler, Derrick Carter, DJ Pierre, Nicky Siano & Rebel Rebel. This will be amazing.

Head over to RBMA to purchase tickets.

Yesterday Justin Timberlake released an image featuring the official release date for the second instalment of The 20/20 Experience. The album, presumably titled The 20/20 Experience, Part 2 will drop on September 30th 2013 and according to previous reports will feature “classic Timbo” production (!!). Moreover JT has also just announced that following his ‘Legends of the Summer’ tour with Jay-Z this summer and the release of Part 2, he will also be embarking on an extended solo world tour. Not all dates have been announced yet, but head over to his official website for more info.

Earlier today Kanye West sparked huge excitement among fans when he tweeted the words “June Eighteen” on twitter. Speculation about what the cryptic date implied spread like wildfire; it was briefly confirmed by Elliott Wilson to be the release date for West’s follow up to 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – but that was quickly retracted. Either way with little over a month to go until June 18th – it’s safe to assume we’ll have more Kanye news soon.

The return of Jamie Woon! Frequenters of this site will know that we’re strong supporters of Woon, his debut album was ahead of the curve in many ways (cast your mind back pre-2011, which major label artist was releasing anything resembling “alt-R&B”?) but since it’s release he’s been ghost. Now though as Disclosure announce the final details of their impending chart-dominating debut album Settle – it seems like he’ll be rejoining the land of the living. Along with the likes of Jessie Ware, London Grammar, Eliza Doolittle, AlunaGeorge & others – Jamie Woon will also be featured on a new album track titled ‘January’. Fellow label mate and PMR’s first lady Jessie Ware will feature on a song called ‘Confess To Me’ and upcoming group London Grammar will appear on a track titled ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’. 

Get ready for one of this years biggest albums. June 3rd. 

Following a string of massive singles over the past couple years, including their #2 chart hit ‘White Noise’ and having already successfully toured the world over, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence together known as Disclosure have finally announced the title and release date of their debut album Settle. Due out on PMR Records on June 3rd, the album will also feature the duo’s upcoming new single ‘You & Me’ (feat. Eliza Doolittle) which will premiere via Annie Mac on April 29th. They also revealed their very befitting album artwork (up top).

All roads look set to lead to LoveBox this year as organisations have just announced the first round of artists/DJ’s confirmed on the bill. Among some of them are SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Azealia Banks, Jurassic 5 (!), Julio Bashmore, Purity Ring, Gold Panda, AlunaGeorge and the man-God himself D’Angelo! Aside from Mark Ronson and Goldfrapp a full list of headliners has yet to be announced but something tells me there’ll be some pretty legendary names thrown in the mix – watch this space.

Lovebox takes place in London on July 19th-21st, for more line-up and ticket information head over to their official website.

It’s been obvious for a months now that Prince has been busy working on some type of a new release. His website 3rdeyegirl.com has been steadily releasing new music & videos for the past few weeks and he’s reportedly set to debut new music on his West Coast Tour which kicks off next week. Now a new video has surfaced on vimeo featuring Prince jamming with his all new, all-girl band (3rdeyegirl) with the words Plectrum Electrum hinting at a possible album title.

… Plectrum Electrum. 

Ask and you shall receive. Having endured her absence for far too long, Janelle Monae finally announces the follow up to her 2010 debut The ArchAndroid. Titled The Electric Lady Monae fell short of declaring a release date but did reveal specific information of the albums first single. Scheduled to be released on April 22nd at precisely 7:54pm EST a new single featuring Erykah Badu aptly titled ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ will be released to the world… After which the universe will probably implode.

Let that sink in.

Frank Ocean will hit London this July for a one-night performance at Brixton Academy. The Grammy winning singer will perform tracks from his critically acclaimed #1 selling album channel ORANGE but may also (or rather hopefully) begin performing new songs from his forthcoming sopohmore set too which he’s reported to have said is almost complete. Tickest go on sale Thursday 4th via Live Nation.

Justin Timberlake has scored his third UK #1 album with The 20/20 Experience after selling over 109,000 copies in it’s first week – a feat that subsequently knocked pop icon David Bowie off the top spot. The singers third album, his first in over 6 years, had already spawned a number 1 selling single in the UK with ‘Mirrors’ and looks set to sell even more copies on these shores in the coming weeks.

Furthermore JT is set to debut with massive first week numbers in America too. While initial reports suggested the album could sell between 500-700,000 copies, reports today suggest they could exceed those and possibly sell between 900-950,000, maybe even a million. This would easily make The 20/20 Experience one of this years biggest releases and one of the fastest selling of the decade. It’ll also mark Justin’s biggest first week solo sales to date.

… And lets not forget the biggest first week sales of all time came from Timberlake’s former band who sold over 2 million copies of their No Strings Attached album in it’s debut week.

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