Brian ‘B. Dot’ Miller to Host New Live Hip-Hop Show on Spotify Greenroom

Following the launch of Spotify Greenroom, the live audio platform is set to debut its new weekly hip-hop show Most Necessary: Live with host Brian “B. Dot” Miller. On Tuesday (Sept. 14), B. Dot will bring Spotify’s Most Necessary playlist to life to discuss rising hip-hop artists, debate trending topics in the genre and dive deep into each week’s playlists edits with guests and fans alike. Back in March, the streaming service acquired Betty Labs and in June, relaunched the live audio app Locker Room as Spotify Greenroom — marking “the addition of live audio as…

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Today Marks The 20th Anniversary Of Aaliyah’s Passing

   Today is a very sad day in the world of music, as it’s officially been 20 years since R&B singer/dancer/actress Aaliyah tragically passed away in a plane crash at the age of 22. To celebrate her life and career, fans have flooded social media with memories of her short, but incredibly impactful career.   One of the most notable ways that Aaliyah’s memory is being celebrated on the 20th anniversary of her passing, is that her full musical catalogue was finally announced to be released. Her ground-breaking second album “One In A Million”…

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Aaliyah’s Estate Slams ‘Unscrupulous’ Effort to Release Her Music ‘Without Transparency’

Aaliyah‘s estate is standing firm in their effort to protect the late singer’s legacy.   Weeks before the 20th anniversary of her tragic death, Aaliyah’s estate released a statement slamming an effort by the singer’s former label to drop her music on streaming services. (On Instagram, Blackground Records 2.0 shared a website and hashtag #AaliyahIsComing earlier this week teasing the return of her music.) “Protecting Aaliyah’s legacy is, and will always be, our focus. For 20 years we have battled behind the scenes, enduring shadowy tactics of deception with unauthorized…

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Hear George Clinton Tell the Whole Story of Parliament-Funkadelic on Our New Podcast

  To celebrate his 80th birthday, Parliament- Funkadelic founder George Clinton recently sat down with Rolling Stone for a career-spanning interview, where he dug deep into the real origins of P-Funk’s sound, explained why he chooses weed over hard drugs, and reflected on his legacy.   The whole conversation, where Clinton also talked about why he didn’t mind the transformation of “Atomic Dog” into Snoop Dogg’s “What’s My Name,” among many other subjects, is featured in the new episode of our weekly podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now. To hear the entire episode, press play above, or…

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XXXTENTACION POSTHUMOUSLY EARNS 4TH BILLION-STREAMED SPOTIFY SONG

 XXXTENTACION’s legacy continues to grow even more than three years after his tragic death. According to Chart Data, X has added another song to an elusive club featuring tracks with more than a billion Spotify streams, as the piano-laden “changes” enters the fold with a new milestone.   “XXXTENTACION’s ‘changes’ has now surpassed 1 billion streams on Spotify,” Chart Data wrote. “It’s his fourth song to reach this milestone.”   “Changes” joins other staples from the late Florida rapper’s discography such as “SAD,” “Jocelyn Flores” and “Moonlight” to cross the billion-stream mark on Spotify. He is…

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KANYE WEST, RICK ROSS, FUTURE & MORE TO GUEST ON POP SMOKE’S ‘FAITH’ ALBUM

Pop Smoke’s Faith album is mere hours away from its Friday arrival (July 16). Ahead of the project’s release, Victor Victor CEO Steven Victor revealed the star-studded guestlist slated to make appearances on Pop’s second posthumous LP. The 20-track album will feature Kanye West, Pusha T, Pharrell, Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, Future, Chris Brown, 42 Dugg, 21 Savage, Lil Tjay, Swae Lee, Takeoff, Quavo, Kodak Black, The-Dream, Rah Swish, Bizzy Banks and global pop star Dua Lipa. At the top of the week, Pop Smoke’s team unveiled the album’s cover art, which features…

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TRAVIS SCOTT DESCRIBES UPCOMING ‘UTOPIA’ ALBUM AS ‘PSYCHEDELIC ROCK’

With the three-year anniversary of ASTROWORLD fast approaching, fans are getting antsy looking for the next Travis Scott album, which is expected to be titled UTOPIA. Scott has been moving around France showing off his upcoming Dior spring/summer 2022 collection, but also spoke about his upcoming album in a recent interviewwith sources . “I’m in this new album mode where it’s like psychedelic rock,” La Flame explained. “So even just like the field of cactuses and mushrooms, you might get tripped out.” Travis Scott has laid low on the singles front in 2021 in preparation for…

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Drake Becomes First Artist In History To Reach 50 Billion Spotify Streams

Drake is gearing up to head into another album cycle with his upcoming project, Certified Lover Boy. The trailer he released for the album was a reflection of all of his covers up until this point. Over the course of his 10 plus years in the game, Drake has kept us fed with music, often not going longer than 90 days without releasing something new for his fans. Now, all that hard work has brought yet another blessing his way as Spotify reveals he is the first artist ever to surpass 50 billion streams.…

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