Lollapalooza releases 2017 merchandise

Getting ready for the big fest this weekend Lollapalooza has released its merchandise for the 2017 fest.

There are several different collections for this year. The Lolla Classic collection is the basic collection with graphics from the festival, including a cloud with a lightning bolt and an ice cream cone. The Chicagoland Collection features graphics from the City, including the lion from the Art Institute of Chicago. The Chicago Sports Team Collaboration features festival graphics with sports team Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and new this year, the White Sox. Lolla also collaborated with labels, Aviator Nation and Camp Collection for merchandise.



You can get Lolla gear in three places: The Pop-Up shop on the Magnificent Mile, online, or at the Lolla shop at the festival set. You can also pre-order Lolla merch from Sidestep and pick it up at the festival.

I think the Chicago Sports collection is super cute with the added guitars in the logos. I also like in the Chicagoland Collection that the lion has on wristbands for the festival. I’ll definitely be hanging out in the air conditioned shop during the festival between sets.

[Pictures] Ruth B brings her “Safe Haven: Part 1” to Evanston

Ruth B brought her “Safe Haven” tour to Evanston, which supports her debut LP of the same name. Describing this as a “mini tour,” and only going to a few cities, it wouldn’t be surprising to be touring more cities and going to bigger venues soon. Check out pictures from the intimate show below.









Made In America 2017 Lineup and Playlist


Made In America released its lineup for this year’s festival, and I’m loving it. Jay Z and J. Cole are headlining, which is amazing. And while many dismiss the small print acts, artists like They. and Smino are playing and I am more than excited.

I created a playlist of one of my favorite songs of all the artists that I would love to see at this festival. Is anyone going?

Song of the day May 1 2017: Chance The Rapper feat Noname-“Lost”

Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of “Acid Rap,” and while he asked his fans what their favorite song were on Twitter, I instantly thought of “Lost,” the song about a troubled relationship featuring Noname. This was a while ago, before Noname had “Telefone” and she was called Noname Gypsy.

“Lost” features the signature sound the Chance was known for during the Acid Rap era; this foggy vibe with drums that accompany his moan-like rap. It perfectly matched the melancholy of the song, which is basically about a “relationship” that only exist when they are high and trying to forget their problems.  Whether involving drugs are not, we have all had those people that we only reach out to when we want to escape and isn’t based on anything else.

Chance said in an interview with Hannibal Burress that Noname’s verse is his favorite guest verse.

Check out the song below.

Spotify and Genius expand “Behind The Lyrics” to Android


“Behind The Lyrics,” Spotify’s feature that brings up facts and a deeper background to song lyrics, will now be on Android as well. Originally only available on iPhone when it was released in January 2016, this is the first time it was on Android.

I’m a huge fan of both Spotify and Genius. I love reading lyrics and getting to know random factoids about the song, the thought process of the lyrics, etc. Having that integrated while I’m actually playing the song is very convenient. I also love when artists give actual annotations to their song. To celebrate the expansion to Android, Khalid will add annotations to all of his track to his album “American Teen.”

[Video] Zedd feat Alessia Cara “Stay”

Zedd and Alessia Cara released the video for their collaboration “Stay.” While the song is about not wanting to let go of a love, the video has an interesting take on the how one action can change everything. In the first universe, Zedd doesn’t catch the elevator in time to share it with Alessia, so they enjoy their day separately.  When he does catch the elevator, they have a fun day together, which ends unexpectedly.

The story line and message is interesting as it relates to the movie that the song is featured in, “Everything, Everything” that shows how meeting a person can change your life in ways you don’t expect.

Cashmere Cat announces “9” track list featuring Kehlani, Ariana Grande

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After releasing the lead single “Wild Love” feat The Weeknd and Francis and the Lights back in August, Cashmere Cat has finally released the track list to his debut album 9 via Instagram. Denoting each track with emojis, the album will feature acts like Kehlani, Ariana Grande, Jhene Aiko and Ty Dolla $ign.

I’m excited for all of these tracks, but I’m really looking forward to the track with Ariana Grande. His previous tracks with her, “Adore” and “Be My Baby,” are amazing, so I’m looking forward to a third track

9 is set to be released April 29.

Coachella 2017 Live Streaming Schedule

Festival season kicks off with Coachella this weekend and if you couldn’t grab tickets (money, them being sold out, not wanting to be in a desert) here is the streaming schedule for Coachella.  All times are in PST time zone.

Acts that I’m trying to catch include Banks, Mac Miller, The xx, Travis Scott, Little Dragon, ScHool Boy Q, Bastille, Lady Gaga, Goldlink, and of course Kendrick who I’m pretty sure is releasing another album on Sunday.


Friday, April 14th:
03:35 – Tennis (1)
03:35 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band (2)
03:35 – Klangstof (3)
04:10 – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (1)
04:15 – Joseph (3)
04:25 – SOHN (2)
05:00 – Bonobo (1)
05:00 – The Lemon Twigs (3)
05:10 – Sampha (2)
05:10 – Broods (2)
05:45 – Stormzy (3)
05:50 – Mac DeMarco (1)
06:00 – Francis and the Lights (2)
06:30 – Broods (3)
06:50 – Oh Wonder (2)
06:55 – Glass Animals (1)
07:20 – Big Gigantic (3)
07:40 – Banks (2)
07:45 – Father John Misty (1)
08:20 – Crystal Castles (3)
08:30 – Richie Hawtin (2)
08:45 – Phantogram (1)
09:10 – Mac Miller (3)
09:30 – Jagwar Ma (2)
09:35 – The xx (1)
10:00 – Steve Angello (3)
10:20 – DJ Shadow (2)
10:40 – Radiohead (1)
11:00 – Empire of the Sun (3)
11:20 – Travis Scott (2)
11:55 – Dillon Francis (3)
12:15 – Capital Cities (2)

Saturday, April 15th:
03:35 – Local Natives (1)
03:35 – Arkells (2)
03:35 – Blossoms (3)
03:55 – Kaleo (2)
04:20 – Shura (3)
04:30 – Chicano Batman (1)
04:45 – Car Seat Headrest (2)
05:00 – Banks & Steelz (3)
05:15 – The Head and the Heart (1)
05:40 – The Atomics (2)
05:45 – Autograf (3)
06:10 – Bastille (1)
06:25 – Roisin Murphy (2)
06:35 – Little Dragon (3)
07:15 – DREAMCAR (2)
07:20 – Two Door Cinema Club (1)
07:25 – Mura Masa (3)
08:05 – Moderat (2)
08:15 – Gryffin (3)
08:20 – Future (1)
09:05 – Warpaint (2)
09:10 – Tory Lanez (3)
09:15 – ScHoolboy Q (1)
09:55 – Tycho (2)
10:00 – Röyksopp (3)
10:15 – Bon Iver (1)
10:45 – DJ Snake (2)
10:55 – Martin Garrix (3)
11:25 – Lady Gaga (1)
12:00 – Gucci Mane (2)
12:05 – Classix (3)

Sunday, April 16th:
03:35 – Ezra Furman (1)
03:35 – Grace Mitchell (2)
04:15 – Anna Lunoe (3)
04:25 – Whitney (1)
04:25 – Preoccupations (2)
05:15 – Toots & The Maytals (1)
05:15 – Goldlink (2)
05:15 – NAO (3)
06:10 – Grouplove (1)
06:10 – Jack Garratt (2)
06:55 – Kaytranada (3)
07:00 – Kiiara (2)
07:20 – Future Islands (1)
07:55 – Tove Lo (2)
08:10 – DJ Khaled (3)
08:15 – Porter Robinson & Madeon (1)
08:40 – Hans Zimmer (2)
09:00 – Galantis (3)
09:20 – Lorde (1)
09:45 – Kehlani (2)
09:45 – Justice (3)
10:25 – Kendrick Lamar (1)
10:30 – New Order (2)
11:05 – Marshmello (3)

Today Jay Z’s “Big Pimpin” celebrates its 17th Anniversary

Jay Z’s, “Big Pimpin” was released 17 years ago today.

The last single from Vol. 3: The Life & Times of Sean Carter, this song got the Making The Video treatment. It was shot in Trinidad during Carnival.

This is my favorite Jay Z songs of all time.  The fun lyrics.  The cadence.  The beautiful music video and its use of white in contrast to the color of Carnival.  This song was the introduction to the opulent rap that Jay would soon be known for.

This song is also named the best rap song of 2000 by Shea Serrano in The Rap Year Book.

There was actually a lot of drama behind this song. As discussed in this article, Pimp C originally did not like the beat, and refused to travel to be in the video. Jay Z also said in his Decoded after reading these lyrics, he regretted some of the lyrics.

Despite all of this, still one of my favorite songs. Check out the video below.

Billboard Music Awards Nominees


Billboard announced the nominees for 2017 Billboard Music Awards. Drake and Chainsmokers lead the nominations. While I wasn’t a fan of “Views,” I did like the song “One Dance” and I have to admit that Drake did well on the Billboard charts this year. Other highlights includes Beyonce and Rhianna.

Here are my picks for each category I’m familiar with. The only category that I did not vote for that I am familiar with was Best Rap Album because I did not love any of the choices.

The BBMA will air on May 21.

Top Female Artist Nominees
Ariana Grande

Top Male Artist Nominees
Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Song Nominees
The Chainsmokers & Halsey – “Closer”
The Chainsmokers & Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake & Wizkida & Kyla – “One Dance”
Justin Timberlake – “Can’t Stop The Feeling”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”

Top Billboard 200 Album Nominees
Beyonce – “Lemonade”
Drake – “Views”
Rihanna – “Anti”
Twenty One Pilots – “Blurryface”
The Weeknd – “Starboy”

Top Artist Nominees
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top New Artist Nominees
Alessia Cara
Uzi London
Lukas Graham
Zayn Malik

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Nominees
Luke Bryan
The Chainsmokers
Nicki Minaj
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Duo/Group Nominees
The Chainsmokers
Florida Georgia Line
Guns n Rosies
Twenty One Pilots

Top Song Sales Artist Nominees
The Chainsmokers
Justin Timberlake
Twenty One Pilots

Top Radio Songs Artist Nominees
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Twenty One Pilots

Top Streaming Songs Artist Nominees
The Chainsmokers
Twenty One Pilots

Top Social Artist Nominees
Justin Bieber
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist Nominees
Justin Bieber
Guns n Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top R&B Artist Nominees
Bruno Mars
Frank Ocean
The Weeknd

Top R&B Tour Nominees
Lionel Richie

Top Rap Artist Nominees
J Cole
Rae Sremmurd

Top Rap Tour Nominees
Kanye West

Top Country Artist Nominees
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean

Top Country Tour Nominees
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Dixie Chicks

Top Rock Artist Nominees
The Lumineers
Twenty One Pilots
X Ambassadors

Top Rock Tour Nominees
Guns n Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top Latin Artist Nominees
J Balvin
Juan Gabriel
Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
Nicky Jam

Top Dance/Electronic Artist Nominees
The Chainsmokers
Calvin Harris
Major Lazer
DJ Snake
Lindsey Stirling

Top Christian Artist Nominees
Lauren Daigle
Hillsong Worship
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
Chris Tomlin

Top Gospel Artist Nominees
Jekalyn Carr
Kirk Franklin
Travis Greene
David and Tamela
Hezekiah Walker

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album Nominees
Hamilton Musical
Purple Rain
Suicide Squad

Top R&B Album Nominees
Beyonce – “Lemonade”
Bruno Mars – “24k Magic”
Frank Ocean – “Blonde”
Rihanna – “Anti”
The Weeknd – “Starboy”

Top Rap Album Nominees
J Cole – “4 Your Eyez Only”
Drake – “Views”
Kevin Gates – “Islah”
DJ Khaled – “Major Key”
A Tribe Called Quest – “We Got It From Here, Thanks 4 Your Service”

Top Country Album Nominees
Jason Aldean – “They Don’t Know”
Florida Georgia Line – “Dig Your Roots”
Blake Shelton – “If I’m Honest”
Chris Stapleton – “Traveller”
Keith Urban – “Ripcord”

Top Rock Album Nominees
The Lumineers – “Cleopatra”
Metallica – “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”
Radiohead – “A Moon Shaped Pool”
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – “The Getaway”
Twenty One Pilots – “Blurryface”

Top Latin Album Nominees
J Balvin – “Energia”
CNCO – “Primera Cita”
Juan Gabriel – “Los Duo 2”
Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho – “Recuerden Mi Estilo”

Top Dance/Electronic Album Nominees
The Chainsmokers – “Bouquet/Collage”
Flume – “Skin”
Kygo – “Cloud Nine”
Lindsey Stirling – “Brave Enough”

Top Christian Album Nominees
Casting Crowns – “The Very Next Thing”
Lauren Daigle – “How Can It Be”
Joey and Rory – “Hymns”
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family – “Love Remains”
Skillet – “Unleashed”

Top Selling Song Nominees
The Chainsmokers & Halsey – “Closer”
The Chainsmokers & Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake & Wizkid & Kyla – “One Dance”
Justin Timberlake – “Can’t Stop the Feeling”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”

Top Radio Song Nominees
The Chainsmokers & Halsey – “Closer”
The Chainsmokers & Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake & Wizkid & Kyla – “One Dance”
Sia and Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills”
Justin Timberlake – “Can’t Stop The Feeling”

Top Streaming Song (Audio) Nominees
The Chainsmokers & Halsey – “Closer”
Drake & Wizkid & Kyla – “One Dance”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
Rihanna – “Needed Me”
The Weeknd & Daft Punk – “Starboy”

Top Streaming Song (Video) Nominees
The Chainsmokers & Halsey – “Closer”
Desiigner – “Panda”
Zay Hilfigerr & Zayion McCall – “JuJu On That Beat”
Rae Sremmurd & Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”

Top Collaboration Nominees
The Chainsmokers & Halsey – “Closer”
The Chainsmokers & Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake & Wizkid & Kyla – “One Dance”
Sia and Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills”
The Weeknd & Daft Punk – “Starboy”

Top R&B Collab Nominees
Drake & Wizkid & Kyla – “One Dance”
The Weeknd & Daft Punk – “Starboy,” “I Feel It Coming”
Rihanna & Drake – “Work”
PartyNextDoor & Drake – “Come And See Me”