Not content with selling out her 10 UK tour dates in minutes, Beyonce will play her “only European festival performance” at this years V Festival held on August 17th & 18th at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire. Joining her as co-headliners are Grammy winning band Kings of Leon – who will play the festivals second date.

The festival will also host performances from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Stereophonics, Basement Jaxx, Fun., Jessie Ware, Rudiemental and many others.

Tickets go on sale 9am Friday 1st March, buy via vfestival.com

Following the release of his devastatingly beautiful new single ‘Retrograde’, James Blake has revealed the album artwork (above) and tracklist for his upcoming sopohmore release Overgrown. Expected for release on April 8th, the album follows Blake’s hugely successfully debut which earned him Mercury, Brits and Ivor Novello nominations and saw him perform around the world.

Most exciting however is the announcement that the album will feature a guest appearence from the legendary RZA, a result of which came from Blake asking him to lay down a verse having been largely inspired by Wu-Tang Clan’s first album when he wrote ‘Take a For Me’ while in New York. The album will also feature a wider spectrum of Blake’s influences citing 90′s R&B and House as influences on particular records. “I probably won’t use a sound if it reminds me of another song and another time. That’s gone. It’s done now. Thing should always progress… These two years have really formed me, I have huge ambitions”.

Tracklist & new live dates can be found after the jump. Pre-order the album here.

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As if the move from Hyde Park to the Olympic Village wasn’t big enough, now the Wireless Festival organisers have announced that Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z will be headlining this years main show. For the first time the event will be held at the Olympic Statium in East London on July 12th & 13th, where JT and Hov will perform along side the likes of Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Miguel and more.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (Feb 22nd), with pre-sale being offered to Live Nation customers on Thursday (Feb 21st) via wirelessfestival.co.uk

Before all of this though, Justin will take to the stage at this years Brit Awards on Wednesday and then on to The Forum later that night for a special after-show party. #JT2013 starts as it means to go on.

And once again we’re reminded that London really is the centre of the universe (‘llow me, I’m a Londonder) as just a day after Kanye West announced a surprise one-off gig in London this month, Justin Timberlake announces he will also play here next week. Timberlake will play a post-BRIT Awards gig at The Forum in London on February 20th. Tickets are £50 (plus booking) and go on sale tomorrow (February 15th) at 9am via Live Nation.

So, I guess we’re going to see Justin Timberlake next week? Fuuuuuuck!

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According to our friends over at The Line of Best Fit, Kanye West will play a special one-off gig in London at the end of this month. West will play the Hammersmith Apollo on February 24th, ditching his usual arena size show for a more intimate setting. Pre-sale tickets will be available from Thursday 14th February at 9am via Eventim and general sale will follow on Friday 15th. This surprise London show follows other one-off gigs Yeezy has put on in Atlantic City and Abu Dhabi in recent months.

Music’s biggest night, the 55th annual Grammy Awards, is currently taking place in Los Angeles at the Staples Centre. With performances from Justin Timberlake,  Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Miguel, Alicia Keys and a whole host of others, this years show promises to be spectacular. Hosted by LL Cool J (for the second year running), we’ll be updating this post with all the nights performances. Check them after the jump.

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Following the release of his Mercury Prize nominated self-titled debut album in 2011, pioneering producer/musician James Blake will return this year with a brand new single titled ‘Retrograde’ as well as that much anticipated sophomore album. Announced today was the news that Blake’s upcoming LP will be titled Overgrown and is due for release on April 8th. The albums lead single will be premiered on BBC Radio 1 tonight – hold tight for that a little later.

Update: Listen to ‘Retrograde’ here.

This image was just posted on Jay-Z’s Life+Times website with a simple message: “Roc Nation welcomes Timbaland to the family”.

I guess that can lead us to believe that Timbo has signed as a producer to work under the Roc Nation umbrella. So not only is Timbaland out to reclaim his crown as super-producer this year by producing Justin Timberlake’s soon-to-be-classic 3rd album, he’s also working with Missy Elliott and Beyonce for their new albums, and now he’s working under the guidance of Jay-Z & Co? Have the stars aligned? Could this be the return to form we’ve been waiting for? Let’s see…

Yesterday Destiny’s Child announced that they’ll be releasing “new music” for the first time in 8 years. The bands official website revealed that Love Songs will feature the groups best ballads, including some of their solo efforts. Most exciting however was the announcement that the project will also feature a newly recorded single produced by Pharrell Williams (and co-written by Michelle Williams) called ‘Nuclear’. Oddly the statement noted that the song would feature “vocal production from Beyonce”.

News of the new track is amazing, but lets not fool ourselves – this is just another DC-3 compilation album announced with absolute precision timing. But if like me you weren’t jumping from the rafters about the “new album” then fear not because the real good news has just arrived…

According to a number of media outlets Destiny’s Child will reunite to perform a medley of their biggest hits as well as their new single ‘Nuclear’ during Beyonce’s much anticipated Super Bowl halftime performance. The reunion will be followed by the debut of Beyonce’s new single taken off her forthcoming 5th album.

February needs to hurry up.

Well, it’s not a new song featuring Jay-Z & Beyonce but it does confirm the beginning of #JT2013. Peep Justin’s teaser released just now on his official website, which sees the Grammy winner walking through a studio while narrating his struggle to return to recording. His website also features a 3-day countdown clock – that new single on Monday then?

Since the news broke that JT was releasing/announcing something earlier today reports have emerged that his new album is almost ready and that it’s been produced entirely by Timbaland. #sexwee.

Although we were all expecting a new song today, lets not let our own hype get in the way – the fact that Timberlake is returning to music (with Timbaland!) is good enough news. Last we heard (from his own camp) was that he had no plans to release an album at all.

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