Billie Eilish to Drop New Album “Happier Than Ever” on July 30

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Billie Eilish first gained attention with her song “Ocean Eyes” back in 2015. Since this first release, the American singer-songwriter has cemented her reputation in the music industry. Her song “Bad Guy” became Billie’s first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. She also performed the theme song “No Time to Die” for the James Bond film, which then became her first number 1 single in the UK.

Two years after the release of her first studio album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Billie Eilish surprised fans with news that her sophomore album, Happier Than Ever, will be released on July 30. After revealing her new blonde look through an Instagram post, this young artist also turned to social media to announce her latest project. 

In this social media post, she wrote, “This is my favorite thing I’ve ever created, and I am so excited and eager for you to hear it.” Billie Eilish further shares how she has never felt more love for a project. In that same post, she announced the release of her first single from Happier than Ever on April 29 at 9 AM PT.

Prior to announcing her album drop, Billie Eilish had released a snippet of a new song, presumably taken from its music video, which now has over 18 million views. Fans have shown their love and excitement for this new song already, with the post having over 97 thousand comments.

In another recently posted nine-second clip, fans can hear Billie Eilish singing the words “Try not to abuse your power” over slow guitar accompaniment. This teaser for her new song, “Your Power,” features Billie’s delicate vocals and a scenic view of mountains. 

This young artist made a splash at the 2020 Grammy Awards for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, her debut studio album. She was nominated for six awards and won five of them: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best New Artist. This feat is impressive as Billie Eilish is only the second person and first female artist to win the four main Grammy categories—record, album, and song of the year, as well as best new artist.

Her first album featured dark, almost horror film-like aesthetics. For the majority of this era, Billie Eilish dyed her hair black and lime green. But her new blonde look seems to hint at lighter aesthetics for her second album. Happier Than Ever is a 16-song album, and it also includes her two previous releases, “My Future” and “Therefore I Am.” Like her first album, this new one is also written and produced with her brother and collaborator, Finneas.

Happier Than Ever is fast becoming a highly anticipated album for this year. With Billie Eilish being known for dark wordplay in her lyrics that somehow spark a sense of truth in its simplicity, it is interesting to see how she has evolved as an artist with this new album. 

Happier Than Ever will be out on July 30. For more information about Billie Eilish and her upcoming projects, you may visit her website or Instagram page.


Trey Songz Won’t Face Charges for Alleged Altercation with the Cops

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Popular R&B artist Trey Songz will not be facing charges for an alleged altercation with police officers at the AFC championship game in Kansas City, prosecutors announced on Tuesday, April 27. Mike Mansur, a spokesman for Jackson County’s prosecutor’s office, pointed out that the evidence gathered thus far is insufficient, and the police were notified of this decision late last week. 

Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Aldon Neverson, was arrested and jailed overnight in January. Police have said he scuffled with officers during his arrest. On January 24, 2021, Songz was arrested in Kansas City, Missouri, while attending the conference championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. Fans were heckling Songz, and he asked them to “chill out.” An officer came over, and from sources and a video released by TMZ, an altercation ensued. This altercation leads to Songz’s arrest and charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, and for assaulting a police officer, a low-grade felony. He was released from custody the next day. 

Sources connected to Songz with direct knowledge told TMZ he believes the officer in question had it in for him long before the altercation. When the officer came over to him, he was immediately aggressive. Another source says the officer’s issue before the incident was that Trey and his crew were not wearing masks and refused to put them on. Kansas City Police Department released the security video from their section, which showed that his Songz’s party had several warnings after multiple encounters with security and police, eventually resulting in Songz being calmly escorted out of the seating area. At that point, he threw the first punch at the police officer.

The police report said the man refused to follow orders from private security guards and was asked to leave. When he refused, officers from the Kansas City police and Jackson County Sheriff’s office were called, and he was told he would be arrested if he didn’t comply. The report said he punched one officer and put him in a headlock.

When reacting to the prosecutor’s decision not to pursue the case, Captain David Jackson, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department, said on Tuesday that the completed case file, including surveillance video, was sent to prosecutors. He added that “the prosecutor decides to charge or not charge a suspect.” Songz’s representative, Sydney Margetson, declined to comment on the prosecutor’s decision. 

In October, Songz posted on Instagram that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He said he was taking the disease very seriously and urged his fans to do the same.

Songz is a three-time Grammy-nominated singer. He earned his fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart with Back Home last year. His other four chart-topping albums are Passion, Pain & Pleasure; Chapter V; Trigga; and Tremaine The Album. He has also appeared in films including Texas Chainsaw 3D and Baggage Claim, and he starred in Blood Brother in 2018.

In 2017, Songz was charged with felony assault and assaulting a police officer after becoming upset when he was told to end his performance in Detroit. Authorities said microphones and speakers were thrown from the stage. Songz pleaded guilty in August 2017 to two counts of disturbing the peace and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

DJ Khaled’s Newest Album ‘Khaled Khaled’ to Drop on April 30th

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After announcing in 2020 that a new album is in the works, DJ Khaled finally reveals the release date, cover art, and tracklist for his 12th studio album Khaled Khaled. In a social media post, he shares, “ALBUM 100% DONE! IT’S TIME,” adding an alarm clock emoji. “I TOLD MY TEAM LET’S PUSH THE BUTTON! #KHALEDKHALED THIS FRIDAY APRIL 30TH!”

He also shared the album cover art in a separate social media post, writing, “This is my name. This is my legacy. This is my COVER. Time to bring MORE LIGHT.” The cover features a photo of DJ Khaled together with his two sons, Asahd and Aalam.

Aside from gracing the album’s cover, DJ Khaled’s sons also have a significant role in the record. In another social media post, he revealed that Asahd and Aalam are executive producers of this album. 

DJ Khaled is known for his many collaborations with various artists such as Lil Wayne, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Jay Z. As with his previous albums, Khaled Khaled also features a star-studded tracklist. After confirming that Megan Thee Stallion would be working with him on this project, he also revealed that Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake are on the album as well. The thirteen-track album also features collaborations with H.E.R., Lil Baby, Migos, Bryson Tiller, Meek Mill, and Jay Z. DJ Khaled’s 2020 hits “Greece” and “Popstar,” both collaborations with Drake, are also on this new album.

DJ Khaled has gone on social media to share his excitement about this new project. He had posted about video calls from Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake, as well as jumping fully clothed into his pool when he finally finished working on a track. He also got candid about getting an unexpected visit from Kanye West, where the two artists bonded and listened to each other’s music. 

DJ Khaled was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Palestinian immigrants, both of whom are musicians. Growing up, his parents would play Arab music, which soon led to the artist’s interest in rap and soul music at a young age. 

In 2006, DJ Khaled released his debut studio album Listennn…The Album where it premiered at number 12 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Since then, he has released ten other albums, which have also done well on the charts. In 2019, he released his eleventh album Father of Asahd, titled after his older son Asahd. The album’s track “Higher,” featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend, garnered DJ Khaled a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance.

Aside from making music, DJ Khaled also appeared in cameos for a few films, including Pitch Perfect 3 and Bad Boys for Life.

DJ Khaled has been posting several teasers for his newest album Khaled Khaled. His collaborations with the music industry’s biggest stars have been highly anticipated. With this album dedicated to his sons and his legacy, DJ Khaled created a unique and meaningful project. And with the album’s release coming at the end of April, fans will not have to wait much longer to hear the epic songs on this new album.Khaled Khaled, DJ Khaled’s twelfth studio album will drop on April 30th. More updates are available on his Instagram page.


Justin Bieber Faces Backlash Over new Hairstyle

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Multi-award-winning artist Justin Bieber is once again making the headlines, but this time, the “Peaches” singer is in the news for a repeated offense—wearing dreadlocks.

Earlier in the week, the pop star shared photos of himself on Instagram with a new hairstyle of short dreadlocks. The hairstyle, which is traditionally attributed to the culture and identities of Black people, quickly went viral, sparking public outrage as Justin was accused of cultural appropriation and racial insensitivity. 

Explaining the rationale behind the public outrage, Irene Shelley, editor of Black Beauty and Hair magazine, told the Guardian that Justin Bieber is disrespectful of the iconic style. She elaborated that many black people still face discrimination and stigma for wearing their hair the same way. For Justin, a privileged white male, to turn around and wear the historically significant hairstyle while ignoring the people’s struggles behind it is mockery of the Black race.

As with all arguments, two distinct camps emerged. While some black women confronted the “Intentions” singer and accused him of being disrespectful to the Black race by sporting a hairstyle they have been marginalized for wearing while urging him to change it and apologize, others camped in Justin’s defense, saying he can choose to wear his hair the way he wants.

In 2016, the Canadian-born singer faced similar backlash for sporting dreadlocks at the 2016 iHeart Radio Music Awards. He was accused of treating Black identity as a fashion statement and for cultural appropriation. Although the singer did not apologize at the time, he promptly changed his hairstyle. He again faced criticism for wearing cornrows during a vacation to the Caribbeans. Anticipating the backlash, Justin quickly argued that Hailey Baldwin, his wife, made him get the hairstyle.

In a seemingly repentant mood, Justin Bieber publicly acknowledged how much of his success as an artist has benefited from Black culture during the “Black Lives Matter” movement march for George Floyd in  June 2020. At the time, he promised to use his platform to promote discussions about racial injustice and oppression and play his part in the much-needed societal reform.

In a bid to keep his promise, the singer inserted speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King into his recent album “Justice.” The action was heavily criticized as many people felt that the album was nothing about “justice or racial oppression” and was more about how much he loves his wife, Hailey Baldwin. The criticism continued despite the support he got from Dr. King’s daughter, Bernice King. As per Billboard, the 27-year-old singer later addressed the controversy in a Clubhouse chat and admitted that he was uneducated and insensitive and did not know better.

Following the new photos of Justin Bieber wearing dreadlocks, many fans and social media users admonished him and questioned how he internalized previous criticism. Many social media users asked how he could preach against racial injustice and still partake in cultural appropriation while demanding that he practice his teachings.