Jhené Aiko Takes A Little “Trip”: Announces Tour For New Album

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Jhene Aiko announced tour for her surprise release album “Trip.” This 16 date tour starting next month is a headlining tour before she is an opener for Lana Del Rey at the top of next year. Willow Smith, who has been on tour with her before is coming along as long as St. Beauty, Kodie Shane and Kitty Cash.

Stream her new album and short film below:

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While Taylor Swift Won’t be at Jingle Ball Chicago, she will be at B96’s Jingle Bash, check out the line up here

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Taylor Swift won’t be at the Chicago stop on the Jingle Ball tour, but she will be making a stop in Chicago around the same time for the B96 Jingle Bash.  While Swift’s album comes out on Nov. 10 and fans can start earning points to move up in line in the Ticketmaster Verified fan program, this is a way for fans to get tickets without being apart of it.

The show will also include Backstreet Boys, Fifth Harmony, Khalid, Logic and Sabrina Carpenter. You can get tickets here.

Jingle Ball Announces in 2017 tour lineup, including Taylor Swift, and shows with both Fifth Harmony and Camila Cabello

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The annual Jingle Ball tour announced the lineups for its 2017 12 city tour. Some Jingle Ball alums are returning for the tour, including Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth and Demi Lovato. Big name headliners include Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. Sheeran is coming off a big year with his album ,÷,  and while Taylor Swift album doesn’t come out until Nov. 10, it will be exciting to get a taste of her upcoming tour.

What is very interesting that Camila Cabello and Fifth Harmony will both be on some tour stops. Last year, Cabello left the group right after the Jingle Ball tour. During Fifth Harmony’s MTV VMA performance, the group has a fifth member fall off the stage. It will be interesting if they speak off the split or each other during the tour.

Check out the line up for each stop below:

11/28 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center: The Chainsmokers, Charlie Puth, Kesha, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

11/30 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center: Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/01 – Inglewood, CA @ LA Forum: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, Logic, Kesha, Niall Horan, Halsey, Charlie Puth and Liam Payne

12/04 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center: Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center: The Chainsmokers, Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Halsey, Logic, Niall Horan, Charlie Puth, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/08 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Halsey, Fall Out Boy, Demi Lovato, Logic, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/10 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden: Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson, Fifth Harmony, Halsey, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello and Why Don’t We

12/11 – Washington, D.C. @ Capital One Arena: Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Logic, Zedd, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/13 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena: The Chainsmokers, Demi Lovato, Charlie Puth, Kesha, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena: Demi Lovato, Logic, Zedd, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/16 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena: Zedd, Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne and Why Don’t We

12/17 – Miami, FL @ BB&T Center: Demi Lovato, Logic, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

Shea Serrano Names The Most Important Songs of 2015-2017 in his Reddit AMA

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Shea Serrano, my personal King of Twitter and the leader of the FOH Army, did a Reddit AMA to promote his new book, “Basketball (And Other Things).” A Reddit user asked him if he could add additional years to his book, “The Rap Yearbook,” (it only went up to 2014) what songs he would choose from 2015-2017. His choices were:

2015: Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”
2016: Desiinger’s “Panda” or Migos “Bad and Boujee”
2017: Possibly Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow”

Interesting choices for most important song. I read the book, so I know its essential to have the argument to support the choices, and while I agree with 2015 and don’t have a decision on 2017 yet, I think I would pick Chance The Rapper’s “No Problem” for most important song of 2016. Chance showed that an independent artist can exist and have mainstream opportunities without the backing of a label.  Also, this song and artist did influence the Grammys to change the rules allowing streaming albums to qualify for nominations.

 

 

Where to Buy Chance’s Levi’s Sherpa Jean Jacket

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Chance performed at the 50th Anniversary party of the Levi’s Trucker Jacket, and has been frequently seen wearing a sherpa version of the classic trucker jacket. The jacket comes in a variety of washes, but the style that Chance has been wearing is this jacket in “Fine Line” for $128. If you want the women’s style of this jacket, a good option is this jacket in the wash “Strangeways” for $128.

These sherpa jean jackets are the same style that Jughead Jones wears on Riverdale.

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With Sweet Sexy Savage to Honey, Kehlani is having her best year so far

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After having two mix tapes, Cloud 19 and You Should Be Here, Kehlani put out her debut album Sweet Sexy Savage at the top of this year. I loved the album so much, and her tour was amazing.

I saw her show twice at Concord Music Hall in Chicago, and yes, it was totally worth seeing two times.

Her opening act Ella Mai was a great complement to the tour. With tatts and her R&B music, she definitely has similar vibes to Kehalni, but has her own brand and sound.
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What makes Kehlani great live is that she seems like she is having so much fun. Sometimes when you see someone live, it feels like they are phoning it in or going through the motions.  Kehlani’s a performer: she sings live and does full out choreography.  She also isn’t afraid to get personal-she tells stories of hard times and relationship she went through to inspire others. I also loved that she performed the entire album.

Setlist from tour:
Keep On
Distraction
Do U Dirty
The Way
Too Much
Get Like
Gangsta
I Wanna Be
Everything Is Yours
Not Used to It
Advice
Piece of Mind
Escape
Undercover
In My Feelings
Personal
CRZY

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With her latest release, Honey, she really set herself up to have a great 2018. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was nominated for another Grammy.

Best Vinyl Records to Buy Right Now

I have a record player, and its one of those things that’s cool to have as a music lover. Sometimes when I’m looking to expand my record collection, I ask myself “why would I buy this when I could just stream this and that doesn’t take up physical space?” Completely understandable question. When I do invest in records, I look for records with interesting cover art that I would would to hang up, vinyl that looks cool and albums that I want to listen to front to back (skipping songs isn’t the easiest thing in the world on a record player). Here is some vinyl available now that you should check out if you are interested in expanding or starting your collection.

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Smino-blkswn

This is an amazing album front to back and one of my favorite album of this year. I like that the album title isn’t huge on this cover and just written on the comb. It’s able to blend in a a picture. I also like the lucite vinyl.

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Kehlani-Sweet Sexy Savage

It’s pink! I love this pop of color, you do see it too often on vinyl. And again plus it’s an album I can listen to to front to back in one sitting.

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Beyoncé-Lemonade

The cover art is iconic.  The album actually tells a story so its really is best to listen to it in one sitting. And the yellow vinyl is so spot on.

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Rihanna-Anti

Anti is arguably Rihanna’s best album, but what really sells this vinyl is its art work.  I also like the white vinyl.

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Kanye West-The College Dropout

No special color vinyl here but its a classic album with excellent artwork. I also love that there is not title on here, just Dropout Bear.