The Rap Up: Week of June 11, 2012

This Week In Music:
The line up for the annual Lollapalooza Festival was announced this week. Set to take place in Grant Park, Illinois from August 3-5, this year’s festival will be headlined by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Black Keys, Black Sabbath, and Jack White. Other acts include The Weeknd, Passion Pit, Frank Ocean, Wale, Florence & The Machine, Justice, J. Cole, Santigold, Childish Gambino, and many more. Lollapalooza is celebrating 20 years of successful festivals, and hope to make this year’s show the best yet.
In more controversial news, Chris Brown and Drake were apparently involved in an altercation at a night club in New York. The artists and their entourages were both in different areas of the V.I.P. section of the club. Although there are several accounts of what caused the disruption, many speculate that it was rooted in the pre-existing tension between the two artists concerning their relationships with pop singer Rihanna. The two entourages came to blows, with bottles even being thrown amongst the groups. Considerable damage was done to the club, and a handful of people were left with serious injuries (not including the gash on Brown’s chin). No arrests were made at the scene, as neither artist was present when police responded to an emergency call.
This week also saw several noteworthy releases. R&B singer Frank Ocean released “Pyramids”, which is apparently the first offering from his new project channel ORANGE. Alternative band Passion Pit drop their sophomore album’s second single, “I’ll Be Alright”. Singer Usher also released his heavily-anticipated seventh album, Looking 4 Myself. Also, Brooklyn emcee Joey Bada$$’s long-awaited mixtape 1999 came out to widespread internet acclaim. Rounding off the week, Kansas rapper XV released Popular Culture, his latest project.

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The Rap Up: Week of January 23, 2012

We might be two days late, but not two dollars short. This week in music:
Madonna has been named as the headliner for the upcoming NFL Super Bowl on February 5th. The iconic pop star will perform at halftime when the surging New York Giants match up against the perennial powerhouse New England Patriots. Madonna has recruited a host of fellow musicians to perform alongside her, including Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and Cee-Lo Green. Madonna also has several tricks up her sleeve, which have intentionally been kept under wraps. Those who like surprises should feel inclined to tune into what is sure to be one of the more exciting halftime shows in recent memory.
In other news, Rihanna has become the first female artist to reach two billion views on music video website VEVO. With numerous hit records such as “Man Down”, “Rude Boy”, and “What’s My Name”, the female pop sensation has experienced a huge amount of internet and digital success in addition to her success on the airways. Considering the fact that the music industry is moving into a more digital environment, Rihanna’s achievements are remarkable and should be applauded.
Finally, rap super group Slaughterhouse has announced a release date and title for their sophomore studio album. The LP, entitled Welcome to: Our House, will be released on May 15th. The album will be the group’s first since signing with Shady Records in early 2011, and it will be executively produced by label founder Eminem. In order to promote for the album, the skilled lyrical conglomerate will embark on a two month tour. The tour will begin in March and end in May prior to the release of the album. Now that they are being backed by Eminem and the Shady Records brand, it will be exciting to see what the group can do in a mainstream spotlight.

News:
D’Angelo performs for the first time in 12 years
Stones Throw Records reveals the Stones Throw Digital Discography
Kid Cudi releases track listing for upcoming WZRD album

Releases:
Bruce Springsteen releases “We Take Care Of Our Own”, single from Wrecking Ball
Up-and-coming songstress Elle Varner releases Conversational Lush mixtape
Rock duo Sleigh Bells drops a video for their new single “Comeback Kids”
NY emcee Saigon releases the third installment of his Warning Shots mixtape series
Mixtapes: Chip Tha Ripper, Young Buck, Emilio Rojas, Rockie Fresh, Lyriciss
Wichita rapper XV drops a video for “Batteries”, his Trae the Truth-assisted single
New artist Yuna releases the Pharrell-produced single from her forthcoming album