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Future f/Drake "Where Ya At" (Freebandz/Epic) Click Hear for audio sample of FutureFeatDreake-WhereAt
Jay 305 f/Joe Moses "Thuggin" (OPM/Interscope) Click Hear for audio sample of Jay305FeatJoeMoses-Thuggin
The Weeknd "The Hills" (XO/Republic) Click Hear for audio sample of TheWeeknd-TheHills
Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese Gibson, the singer/actor known for his roles in the Transformers and Fast & Furious franchises, has the #1 album on the Billboard 200 this week with Black Rose. It is his sixth album overall and arrives almost 17 years after his first appearance on the charts, according to Billboard, when his single "Nobody Else" debuted on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart in the summer of 1998. This week's Billboard 200 top ten chart was released on Sunday, as it is the first to use Nielsen Music's new tracking week that runs Friday through Thursday. The complete charts will now be released on Tuesdays.

HOT 97 kicked off summer with the biggest Hip Hop concert in the world, Summer Jam.  It’s only right that we close out the season with the hottest reggae and soca party there is: On Da Reggae & Soca Tip 2015!  HOT 97 will jumpstart the Labor Day weekend in style on Friday, September 4, 8:00 p.m. Get ready to head to the island, Governors Island that is, for the premier dancehall event of the summer.  Take in the iconic New York skyline while seeing performances by Machel Montano, Barrington Levy, Gyptian, Konshens, Assassin, Kranium, Collie Buddz and more.

Kanye West will release a long-form music video that was shot by 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen. The extended music video is set for its U.S. debut this Saturday, July 25, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The video features two songs from Kanye's forthcoming album: a modified version of "All Day" and the previously unheard "I Feel Like That," and it was filmed in one nine-minute take. The video will screen in a gallery for four days.

Earlier this month, Lil Wayne released his Free Weezy Album exclusively via Tidal. This was the latest chapter of an ongoing saga between the rapper and Cash Money. TMZ reports that Cash Money has now sued Tidal for $50 million over The Free Weezy Album, claiming that the label has exclusive rights to all of Lil Wayne's music. The label even takes a shot at Tidal, calling the move "a desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service."

Miguel recently debuted at #2 on the chart with his third album, Wildheart, giving him his highest-charting release to date. It was quite a coup for the singer, considering that he moved away from his radio-friendly sound in favor of a more artistic and experimental approach this time around.
     "It has so much to do with the energy and pace and perspective I have on the world now. I think being a little more sturdy as a human being, I guess I'm more sure of myself, and I think that confidence affords or informs a certain decisiveness," he said in an interview about his new musical direction, according to Billboard.com.
     However, Miguel acknowledged that he didn't want to completely alienate his Pop fans with his changing sound, which is why he released "Coffee" as the album's first single. "It was kind of the perfect wedge to crack open the door as we move forward," he added. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't want my songs to go #1 at Pop. I think any artist who pretends they don't want that is in denial... I want to reach more people, but I want to do it my way."
     Miguel will launch his North American tour on July 24 in Austin. It runs through September 27 in Washington D.C. before the singer heads to Europe and Australia.

Looks like Big Sean is working in the lab with producing duo Diplo and Skrillex. Diplo took to Instagram on Sunday to post a picture of all three of them together with the caption: "@Bigsean x jack ü coming soon."

K. Michelle and Azealia Banks have announced a month-long, co-headlining tour for this September and October. The trek kicks off in Indianapolis on September 15 and wraps up in Los Angeles on October 15.

Philadelphia's Budweiser Made In America festival is adding a TIDAL Stage where nine TIDAL Rising and TIDAL Discovery artists will perform each day beginning at 2:45 p.m. on September 5 and 6. The artists are in addition to the already announced festival lineup, which features Beyoncé, The Weeknd, J. Cole, Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Santigold, Nick Jonas, Metric, De La Soul, Future and many others. The TIDAL stage will offer fans the chance to see Lili K, Bizzy Crook, Bass Drum of Death, Sarah Jaffe, Mike Floss, Tanlines, Twin Peaks, Hippo Campus, and Bully.


Jonathan Shuford, PD

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