Solange Performs on ‘SNL’

Live from New York, it’s Solange.

Hot off the release of her first No. 1 album A Seat at the Table, the R&B songstress made her debut on the late-night show. Following an introduction from host Benedict Cumberbatch, Solo performed her standout single “Cranes in the Sky,” which has already been remixed by Common, Styles P, and KAYTRANADA.

Dressed in a sparkly headpiece and crystal dress, she put on an angelic performance against an all-white backdrop. Backed by her band and three female dancers, Solange stunned with moves reminiscent of the music video, curtsying at the end.

Watch below (via GossipCop).

For her second performance, the Michael Kors spokeswoman changed into white pants and brought out Sampha for a stunning performance of “Don’t Touch My Hair.” “Don’t touch my pride,” she sang before a short dance breakdown.

See Solo shine below (via GossipCop).

Her big sis Beyoncé and mother Tina Lawson were backstage cheering her on. “Soo proud of my baby on SNL. Right now,” said Mama Tina.

Tune in next week when Dave Chappelle hosts for the very first time with musical guest A Tribe Called Quest.


Meek Mill Teases ‘DC4.5’

Just a week after the release of DC4, Meek Mill is already prepping DC4.5.

The Philly spitter recently teased the forthcoming project on Instagram with a picture of a kid — who might be a young Meek Milly — sporting some serious jewelry in front of his court documents.



A photo posted by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Nov 3, 2016 at 5:42pm PDT

Meek’s DC4 dropped late last month after several delays, and is expected to debut in the top 5 on the Billboard 200. It features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, Tory Lanez, Quavo, Young Thug, French Montana, Pusha T, and 21 Savage.

The announcement comes along with rumors of a possible breakup between Meek and Nicki, which Nicki defused by posting a video of her and her man. In the Instagram clip, Meek attempts to sing along to Nicki’s Beyoncé-assisted hit “Feeling Myself,” but comes up short.

“Chile, he knew not one word & had all the confidence in the world,” she said. “Bye boy.”


Drake’s ‘Views’ Spends Half of 2016 in Top 5

Top 5, top 5, top 5!

Drake’s Views continues to make chart waves. The album, which debuted at No. 1 in May, has spent half of 2016 (26 straight weeks) in the top 5 on the Billboard 200.

Only six other albums have been able to do that, dating back to 1963. The album with the longest run of this nature is Adele’s 21 at 39 weeks.

Michael Jackson’s Bad follows with 38, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life comes after that with 32, and Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard soundtrack notches 30.

Since its release, Views has reached No. 1 on the chart 13 times. It has also been streamed more than one billion times. Its 26 weeks in the top 5 matches the Eagles’ Hotel California, which dropped in 1977.

Drizzy is not done with 2016. He is also planning to release his More Life project in December.


Jay Z & Beyoncé Host Star-Studded Hillary Clinton Concert

Jay Z and Beyoncé delivered a grand, superstar-studded event in support of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president on Friday (Nov. 4).

Taking place at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center as a way to encourage key swing state voters, the Carters delivered hit-filled sets for the former Secretary of State’s rally after meeting with her for some laughs backstage.

Along with her backup dancers, Queen Bey wore a pantsuit, a nod to Clinton’s trademark look. She then performed “Formation,” “Freedom,” and “Run the World (Girls).” At one point, ‘Yoncé also stopped to deliver a speech about the importance of the moment.

Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton, and Jay Z

Stars Rally for Hillary Clinton in Cleveland

“There was a time when a woman’s opinion did not matter. If you were black, white, Mexican, Asian, Muslim, educated, poor or rich; if you were a woman, it did not matter,” said Beyoncé. “Less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Look how far we’ve come from having no voice to being on the brink of making history again by electing the first woman president. Yes. But we have to vote. The world looks to us as a progressive country that leads change.

“Eight years ago,” she continued, “I was so inspired that my nephew, a young black child, could grow up knowing his dreams could be realized by witnessing a black president in office. Now, we have the opportunity to create more change. I want my daughter to grow up seeing a woman lead our country and know that her possibilities are limitless. We have to think about the future of our daughters, of our sons, and vote for someone who cares for them as much as we do and that is why, ‘I’m with her.’”

For his part, El Presidenté Hov ran through a set that featured “Made in America,” “Run This Town,” “U Don’t Know,” “I Got the Keys,” and “Public Service Announcement.” But he really made headlines when he literally made a P.S.A. of sorts with a speech.

“Respect matters to me,” he said. “It’s such a fulfilling feeling that I had to really look into the word. ‘Re’ means again. Spect, ‘spectacle.’ It means to look again. When I look at you, I see your appearance. But when I get to know you, I know who you are and [then] all of those things disappear: no color, no gender, no social status. The soul is colorless.

“I want to grow up in a world,” he continued, “where our daughter has no limitation. She feels like she can be whatever she wants to be in the world. This other guy [referring to Republican nominee Donald Trump], I don’t have no ill will towards him, but his conversation is divisive and that’s not an evolved soul to me so he cannot be my president. He cannot be our president. Once you divide us, you weaken us. We’re stronger together.”

After introducing Clinton as “the next president of the United States,” the Democratic candidate had a few words of her own. Still, she borrowed some lines from Jigga’s appearance on Jeezy’s “My President (Remix).”

“Jay memorably said something we should all recall,” Clinton exclaimed. “‘Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther could walk / Martin Luther walked so Barack Obama could run / Barack Obama ran so all the children could fly!’ We have unfinished business to do, more barriers to break, and with your help, a glass ceiling to crack once and for all.”

The event, which aired on CNN, also included performances by Chance the Rapper, J. Cole, and Big Sean.

Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 8.


Alicia Keys and Young M.A. Perform ‘Blended Family’ on ‘Tonight Show’

Alicia Keys turned “The Tonight Show” into a “Blended Family” affair.

Fresh off the release of her new album HERE, A. Keys was joined by Young M.A. and The Roots for a rendition of her single, “Blended Family (What You Do for Love).”

Although the song’s original guest A$AP Rocky couldn’t make the show, Young M.A. stepped in with an introspective verse about her own blended fam experiences.

“Growing up, I had a little sister, older brother,” rhymed M.A. “For us, a father figure was a single mother / My daddy was locked up / My momma was knocked up / And every now and then my brother’s father would pop up / But I consider him dad.”

Alicia took it from there. Backed by The Roots, Alicia sang from behind her piano and eventually, standing up for her dedication to how “love can bring us closer than blood.”

Keys was also a guest on “The Tonight Show’s” classic couch, where she accepted a doughnut gift from Questlove and talked about how she “stepped it up” on “The Voice.”