President Obama joked about “still waiting for [his] job at Spotify.” He told the former Swedish ambassador that he knows the company “loved my playlist.”
This cover story on E-40 in the East Bay Express, “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area’s Most Prolific and Respected Rapper.”
Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V will “definitely come out,” at least according to Birdman. Speaking with Travis Scott on his Beats 1 radio show, Birdman assured fans that he and Wayne had put their beef behind them and were ready to “just let it move forward.”
Texas Southern University’s radio station, KTSU, cancelled gospel singer Kim Burrell’s new Sunday program because of anti-LGBTQ comments she made. It all came to a head after a New Year’s Eve video showed Burrell delivering a biased and prejudiced sermon using language that mentioned “perverted homosexual spirits.”
You can now freely smoke weed at Jamaica’s largest reggae festival, Rebel Salute, even though it’s illegal in the country. This is a feat not only because reggae and marijuana are intrinsically linked, but because the festival’s promoters and artists who have been on the bill have been trying for 22 years to sanction the plant.
Cher will star in a Lifetime movie about the Flint water crisis. Though she’s definitely a weird pick for this film, it’ll be her first TV movie role in over a decade.
Coachella’s 2017 lineup. Yes, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and Radiohead are headlining, but come on! Beyonce? Coachella already sold-out and became too-popular-to-be-cool a few years ago, but adding Queen Bey to the setlist is just the icing on the cake. Plus, a lot of the acts on the lineup have already played the festival (as well as other festivals) before, so it’s sort of like “yawn.”
Buh-bye Frank Sinatra biopic. Martin Scorsese’s long in the works project was scrapped because he couldn’t get approval from Sinatra’s surviving family members.
Ed Sheeran decided against giving Rihanna his new single, “Shape of You.” And even though it’s a killer song, he should have given it to the Barbados singer. Her athletic, sultry voice would have been a way better pairing with the song’s upbeat, tropical vibe.