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Kendrick Lamar - Reading Festival 2015 - Day 3 - Performances at Reading Festival - Reading, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th August 2015

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Kendrick Lamar - Leeds Festival 2015 - Day 1 - Performances - Kendrick Lamar at Bramham Park, Leeds Festival - Leeds, United Kingdom - Friday 28th August 2015

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Kendrick Lamar - World Premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Straight Outta Compton' held at The Microsoft Theatre - Arrivals at Microsoft Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 10th August 2015

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Kendrick Lamar - 2015 Essence Music Festival - Performances - Kendrick Lamar at Mercedes Benz Superdome - New Orleans, Louisiana, United States - Sunday 5th July 2015

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Kendrick Lamar - Wireless Festival 2015 - Week 2 - Day 2 - Performances at Wireless Festival - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 4th July 2015

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Kendrick Lamar - 2015 BET Awards held at the Microsoft Theater - Arrivals at Microsoft Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th June 2015

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Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly Album Review


So I've sat with 'To Pimp A Butterfly' for a good few weeks now, and I still don't feel like I've taken everything there is for me to take from this album. Kendrick Lamar's third studio album, and the follow up to 2012's fantastically well received 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' is a statement, and a brave one at that. Lamar collaborates with a host of names, some of which are surprising at first glance, both in terms of production and guest appearances, and Kendrick's inspiring, uplifting and incredibly thoughtful message spans the entire album. 

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The first track, 'Wesley's Theory' sets the tone for the soundscape Kendrick creates across the board on 'To Pimp A Butterfly'. The soulful opener, complete with an infectiously funky and catchy bassline, features George Clinton and Thundercat, with Flying Lotus lending his hand on the production side. Kendrick's politically infused lyricism is honest and refreshingly subtle, and his melodic writing is as strong as his rhyming. The frantic spoken word stylings of 'For Free?', with a wild jazz backing, are excitedly charismatic, and 'King Kunta' is another memorable track with a heavy funk influence. Kendrick's mature approach on 'To Pimp A Butterfly' is cohesive, intelligent and effective, with the musicality and production value being of the highest quality. The jazz influence is again clear on 'u', as Kendrick's passion and originality comes across in energetic and decisive fashion. 'Alright' is another track where Kendrick's intelligent social commentary is at the forefront, with a pulsing instrumental made from excellent vocal samples and intricate jazzy brass lines, along with pounding drums. 

The smooth keys, subtle drums and infectious bassline that introduces 'Hood Politics' are great, and when the beat switches to a snappy snare, thumping kick drum and soulful pads Kendrick comes on the track with a west coast style that is ever present on this album, even if it's not as clear as on 'good kid, m.A.A.d city'. Lamar's storytelling abilities and humble outlook are shown with high quality on 'How Much A Dollar Cost', with Kendrick's descriptive writing painting pictures with words, as he is joined by James Fauntleroy and Ronald Isley on one of the stand-outs from 'To Pimp A Butterfly'. 'The Blacker The Berry' features savage, aggressive and confident spitting from the Compton native, and as Kendrick raps about being proud of his race and heritage over tight, hard hitting production with a snare that slaps you round the face every time it bangs, the true gravity of his skill and prowess becomes surely undeniable. 'I' is excellent, with upbeat, uplifting production with summery, funky guitar solos and Kendrick's animated delivery shines through. 'Mortal Man' finishes the album, and the interview with 2Pac that Lamar reformats into his own conversation ties the album together in phenomenal closing fashion. 

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Wale Scores Second U.S. Number 1 With 'The Album About Nothing'


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It’s all change at the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart this week, as rapper Wale claims the Number 1 spot with his fourth LP The Album About Nothing – his second chart topper following his previous effort, 2013’s The Gifted.

Wale’s album, which he has revealed was inspired by Jerry Seinfeld and features the comedian himself, sold 100,000 copies in the week ending April 5th, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Billboard chart now measures individual track and streaming equivalent sales as well as conventional physical and digital album sales.

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The rapper scored his second American Number 1 album this week

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Kendrick Lamar - Hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar arrives at the Lakers v Clippers game at Staples Center at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 5th April 2015

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Kendrick Lamar Engaged To Long-Term Girlfriend Whitney Alford


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Kendrick Lamar is engaged! The 27-year-old rapper announced the news of his engagement on Friday (3rd April) whilst appearing on a radio show. Lamar was asked about the engagement rumours during the interview on Power 105's The Breakfast Club

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Kendrick Lamar Spends Second Week At The Top Of U.S. Albums Chart


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In a quiet week on the US Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly spends a second week in the Number One spot. The rapper’s third album sold more than double the amount of its nearest rival, the soundtrack to TV drama ‘Empire’, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Shifting 123,000 copies in its second week on sale, including track and streaming equivalent sales figures as well as physical copies, To Pimp A Butterfly is the first album to spend its opening fortnight at the top of the chart since Taylor Swift’s behemoth 1989 at the end of last year. The ‘Empire’ soundtrack was a non-mover in second place, selling 61,000 copies.

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Kendrick Lamar spends a second week on top of the US Albums chart

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Four Artists Most Likely To Release A Surprise Album This Year


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Surprise albums are all the rage, and it’s easy to understand why. They make sense for both fans and artists, and there’s hardly any downside to just throwing your highly anticipated album up for download on a random Saturday night with nothing else going on around the Internet. It practically sells itself at that point.

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Take a look at Kendrick Lamar: his new record, To Pimp A Butterfly, wasn’t even technically a surprise, as it was just allegedly “accidentally” released early on iTunes before its release. It still yielded the same results as a complete surprise album would, and it smashed a ton of streaming records like the 9.6 million number that was achieved via Spotify listens. The record-holder before that was, of course, none other than Drake’s surprise mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. You can see the trend here.

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Bonnaroo 2015: More Thrills Added To The Summer Line-up


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More additions have been announced for Bonnaroo 2015 as the June event draws ever closer. D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join an already stellar line-up for this 10-stage bonanza, while the full late night sets are also announced.

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Adding to a line-up headlined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Billy Joel and London Grammy winners Mumford And Sons are soul collective D'angelo & The Vanguard, young country star Kacey Musgraves and Mali four-piece Songhoy Blues. As usual, the epic festival - which is set to play host to a massive 85,000 music lovers - presents one of the world's most diverse line-ups as it prepares to hit Manchester, Tennessee this summer from June 11th to 14th.

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Kendrick Lamar Scores First US Number 1 Album With 'To Pimp A Butterfly'


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Hip hop sensation Kendrick Lamar has stormed to Number 1 in the US Billboard 200 Albums chart with his third album To Pimp A Butterfly. It clocked up over 363,000 equivalent sales (totalling physical, track and streaming data) despite being released one week earlier than planned, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

To Pimp A Butterfly has the second highest first-week sales of 2015, behind fellow rapper Drake’s recent surprise release If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, which sold 495,000 in its debut week back in February.

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Sound And Sustenance: Outside Lands 2015 Brings Another Weekend Of Cultural Delights


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Outside Lands organisers have finally unveiled the spectacular 2015 line-up for their eighth year, featuring headliners Elton John and Mumford And Sons. The event is set to bring its usual combination of music and munchies to San Francisco this August.

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Joining Elton and Mumford are a range of equally exciting acts, both of the veteran and the up-and-coming variety. Man of the moment Sam Smith - whose already bagged a total of six awards this year, including four Grammys - will bring his pop genius to the stage, alongside The Black Keys who released their first chart-topping album last year, and Kendrick Lamar whose highly anticipated third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' sailed to number one in both the US and the UK last week.

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Kendrick Lamar Celebrates "To Pimp A Butterfly Release" With Compton Fans


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Following the release of his album, To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar went back to where everything started for him. The rap prodigy hosted an album signing in Compton to reconnect with his fans on Saturday.

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According to ABC7, over 2000 fans gathered at the event, hosted at the Compton Best Buy store. 

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'To Pimp A Butterfly' Gives Kendrick Lamar His First UK Number 1 Album


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Kendrick Lamar has taken the top spot in this week’s Official Albums Chart in the UK, knocking Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour off the number one position. To Pimp A Butterfly is the third studio album from the Compton- born rapper, following on from 2012's Good Kid, MAAD City.

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The album caught fans off guard after it was made available March 16th on iTunes and Spotify, nearly a week before its original release date of March 23rd. Since becoming available on Spotify the album has broken the service’s global streaming recording, notching up over 9.6 million streams on the service last Monday.

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Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Notches Record 9.6 Million Streams


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Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp a Butterfly, which was released one-week early, has broken streaming records on Spotify. Tracks from the record notched up 9.6 million streams on the first full day of release, more than any LP in the streaming service's seven-year existence.

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To Pimp a Butterfly beat the record of 9.5 million set by Michael Buble's Christmas on Christmas Eve in 2014.

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Kendrick Lamar Drops 'To Pimp A Butterfly' A Week Early. Happy Monday.


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Kendrick Lamar has released his new album To Pimp a Butterfly a week before its scheduled release date. There's a bit of confusion as to whether this was supposed to happen, or whether someone messed up.

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Lamar seemed pretty okay with things, tweeting, "Keep calm. All is well," though Anthony Tiffith, Top Dawg's chief executive, said, "I WOULD LIKE 2 PERSONALLY THANK @Interscope [Records] FOR [...]ING UP OUR RELEASE... SOMEBODY GOTS 2 PAY 4 THIS MISTAKE !!!! #TOP."

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It's Here! Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Is A Week Early, But Nobody Minds


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Stop whatever you’re doing and pay attention because Kendrick Lamar has just dropped his new album. The hip hop prodigy announced didn’t quite go full Beyoncé with his new record, To Pimp a Butterfly. Instead, he just released the record a week in advance. To Pimp a Butterfly (how cool is that title?!) was supposed to be released on the 23rd, but instead was made available on iTunes and Spotify early Monday morning.

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While Lamar was celebrating the new release, Top Dawg management was left baffled.

It wasn’t sparked by a leak, in case you’re wondering. Judging by Lamar’s cryptic tweets from late Sunday night, it was all planned. “Yesterday, March 14, was a special day,” he tweeted in the lead up to the release. This was followed by: “2 yrs. Later” and ”Keep calm. All is well,” before the big one.

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5 Things We Know About Kendrick Lamar's Album 'To Pimp A Butterfly'


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Kendrick Lamar finally unveils the title to his third studio album less than two weeks before release. 'To Pimp A Butterfly' is one of the most anticipated rap albums of the year and - having already heard two tracks from the release - it's easy to see why.

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Kendrick Lamar unveils album title 'To Pimp A Butterfly'

A follow-up to his major label Platinum debut 'good kid, m.A.A.d city', which topped both the US R&B and Rap charts and came in at number two on the Billboard 200 in 2012, 'To Pimp A Butterfly' is Kendrick Lamar's new release via TopDawg Entertainment/ Aftermath/ Interscope Records. Six tracks have already been confirmed, as well as the release date which is remarkably soon given how much detail is still under wraps; March 23rd 2015. The mystery surrounding it is only increasing the hype, and Lamar already has some of hip hop's top guys desperate to work with him; Raekwon being the latest, according to an interview Noisey. So what DO we know about the album so far?

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New Kendrick Lamar Album 'Untitled' Set To Drop March 23rd


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A few more details about one of the most anticipated follow-up albums of the decade so far have been announced. Kendrick Lamar’s second album is apparently called Untitled and, crucially, we now know its release date: March 23rd.

The news was announced by the rapper late on Friday via his Twitter page, which included a link to his iTunes artist profile where the album is available to pre-order now. The album consists of sixteen tracks, but all except one of them are greyed out and labelled as ‘Track 1’, ‘Track 2’ etc.

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Kendrick Lamar's second album will be out on March 23rd

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Drake's New Album Is Actually A Mixtape


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Canadian rap star Drake surprised the world by releasing his new album unannounced on Thursday. However, it has since been revealed that If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is a mixtape, rather than a proper studio album.

The reason for the confusion behind the new material is apparently so that Drake can fulfil a contractual obligation and free himself from Cash Money Records, according to XXL. Under copyright, the new record appears as his fourth studio album for Cash Money, thus bringing him to the end of his contract.

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Drake's new mixtape was released online on Thursday

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Dancing In Denver! Budweiser Made In America Explore Colorado's Exciting Music Scene


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We explore the diverse Denver music scene as Budweiser unveil the latest in their series of documentaries ahead of the fast-approaching Budweiser Made in America festival.

When Jay-Z embarked on his Budweiser Made in America project, the ethos he wanted to represent was simple; bringing together bands and artists of all genres to celebrate the rich variation that has become the US musical community. And where better to enjoy this multi-genre theme than Denver, Colorado, home to the likes of everyone from gentle folk rock crooners The Lumineers to industrial Goth collective Velvet Acid Christ?

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Made In Minnesota: Budweiser Made In America Documents The Best City Music Of The States


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Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!

Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.

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Kendrick Lamar - Showtime Mayweather VS. Maidana VIP Pre-Fight Party Carpet at MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 4th May 2014

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Kendrick Lamar - iHeart Radio Music Awards Press Room - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 2nd May 2014

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Kendrick Lamar - 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards - Press Room at The Shrine Auditorium - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 1st May 2014

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Video - Kendrick Lamar Poses On The Red Carpet At 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' NY Premiere - Part 1


Rapper Kendrick Lamar ditched a suit in favour of a baseball cap at the New York premiere of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'.

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Kendrick Lamar - The New York premiere of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' at The Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals - New York, United States - Thursday 24th April 2014

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Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar - Alicia Keys filming her latest music video "It's On Again" for the lead track from the upcoming "The Amazing Spider Man 2" soundtrack. The singer teamed up with oscar winner Pharrell Williams and hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar. The trio was seen dancing around in the middle of downtown Los Angeles and Alicia was a piano wearing a long green coat for the shoot - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 26th March 2014

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Imagine Dragons And Kendrick Lamar Stole The Grammys With 'MAAD City/ Radioactive' Show? [Video]


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The aftermath of this year's Grammy Awards on Sunday was filled with talk about Beyoncé and Jay Z's sexually-charged 'Drunk In Love' performance, Madonna's mass marriage, Taylor Swift's surprised face and the rock-tastic finale show. However, as the dust has died down, one performance in particular stands out for its explosive mash-up and unique collaboration.

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Imagine Dragons' Grammys Performance With Kendrick Lamar Has Been Heralded As A Highlight.

Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar performed a hybrid version of the former's hit 'Radioactive' and the latter's 'MAAD City' to considerable critical acclaim. Not only did the two songs mesh extremely well together but the rock band and the rapper brought a show to the Grammys that will be talked about for months to come.

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Grammys 2014 Predictions: Who Will Sweep The Major Awards?


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The Grammy Awards are known as the biggest night in music, the music industry equivalent to the Oscars. Unlike the Oscars, however, the Grammys are much more accepting of newcommers and in fact, the award show airing this Sunday will feature plenty of debutants, competing with seasoned artists. So with that in mind, it’s about time for everyone to place their bets. Let’s see who the favorites are to sweep this year’s Grammys.

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With seven nominations, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are expected to sweep the awards this year.

Record of the Year is one of the biggest categories at the award show. Out of the five nominees, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky seems like a no-brainer, but Lorde’s Royals, the unpredictable success of 2013 could come in and sweep this up last minute.

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Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Confirmed For Grammy Awards Performance. Does This Spell A Beatles Showcase?


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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are set to perform at this years 56th Grammy Awards, with their inclusion to the Grammys set list being announced this week by the music awards showcase. Although the organisers for the event have revealed that the pair will perform, they have yet to specify whether the two will appear on stage together at all, a prospect that most are hoping for.

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Paul and Ringo will hopefully be performing together

The pair were announced as two of the latest confirmed acts to appear at the awards show, with fellow performers John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Sara Bareilles and Carole King also added to the bill.

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Kendrick Lamar And Imagine Dragons Will Perform Together At Grammy Awards


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The Grammy Awards are the biggest night in music — but it looks like they may be even bigger this year. Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons have announced they will be performing together at the award show, according to MTV.

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Lamar and Imagine Dragons join other previously announced performers Daft Punk, as well as a duet by Pink and Nate Ruess of fun. Daft Punk rarely perform together in public, and the announcement was a delightful surprise to all their fans. Other performers are expected to be added all the way up until show time.

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Grammy Awards 2014 Nominations: Who Are The Notable Absentees On The Nominee's List


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The 2014 Grammy Awards will take place in January 2014, with the full list of nominees being revealed over the weekend. Jay-Z was the most capped nominee, with nine nods in total, whilst Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar and Daft Punk were also among the list of potential winners, but there were a number of artists who were nowhere to be seen on the list of nominations.

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After their shock win in 2011, Arcade Fire have been ignored this time

Despite their last album, The Suburbs, being a runaway success at the 2011 Grammy Awards, Arcade Fire are nowhere to be seen on next year's list. Their fourth album, Reflektor, was met with almost universal praise and some critics noted that it was an improvement form their latest release, but it seems as though the Grammy committee weren't as impressed as everyone else. The Canadian band don't even appear in the Best Alternative categories, however it is pleasing to see Tame Impala and Vampire Weekend among the nominees in this category, especially considering VW released one of the albums of the year with Modern Vampires of the City.

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Big BET Winner Kendrick Lemar Places Drake In His Crosshairs


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Well this was always going to happen wasn’t it? Kendrick Lemar – or K.Dot as he was previously known – has been slowly swelling his stock until it exploded on the hip hop stock market when Good Kid, M.A.A.D City dropped. There was a notable spike when Section.80 hit, too.

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Now, riding on a wave of critical acclaim, Lemar feels confident to call out other rappers. He did it on a controversial verse in Control – most notably – and he did it again, less explicitly, at the BET awards. And it was aimed in Drake’s direction, apparently.

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Kendrick Lamar Spits Fire At Drake (And Every Other Rapper) In BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher [Listen]


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Kendrick Lamar was always going to walk away from the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards as one of the main talking points. Up for 11 awards and eventually leaving with four wins, not to mention the fact that he played a live medley of some of his most notable tracks from the critically lauded Good Kid, m.a.a.d City, Kendrick was en route to being on the front page of Google News regardless.

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Kendrick declares himself "King Kendrick" on the track

Ever since a preview of the cypher clip went viral last month, there were rumours that Kendrick takes on his 'Poetic Justice' collaborator with gusto, and when the rapper performed his verse in full at the BET Hip Hip Awards this turned out to be the case, only Drake wasn't alone in the take down. In his two-minute verse, part of a full-length Top Dawg Entertainment Crew cypher recorded for the show, Kendrick asserts his dominance over the other big rappers of today, declaring himself "King Kendrick" amongst the rest.

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The Tracklist Form Eminem's Upcoming "Marshall Mathers LP 2" Boasts Collaborations Gallore


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Tis the season for album promotion and Eminem is the latest to join the hype team. The rapper teased his upcoming “Marshall Mathers LP 2” be releasing the much anticipated (hey, someone must have anticipated it) tracklist. More importantly, Shady revealed collaborations aplenty. It looks like the Lose Yourself rapper’s policy on collaborating with mainstream artists has become more lax of late. Rihanna, Nate Rues, singer-songwriter Skylar Grey and that oh-so-popular of late hip hop prodigy Kendrick Lamar all show up on the tracklist, released via Mathers’ official website. For those raising an eyebrow in question, Nate Rues might be more familiar as the lead singer of the band Fun.

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Is this the new and improved Eminem?

At this point Eminem is hitting the promotional trail hard, as the first single off the album shows an almost tangible evolution in style. And as with all new things, this new, uber-serious vibe might take some warming up to, especially for those older hardcore fans of Slim Shady. The rapper recently released the video for Surival, the first single off the album and it shows a very different Eminem to the one we’ve seen so far.

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Eminem Reveals The Tracklist For 'The Marshal Mathers LP 2'


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Eminem released the full details of his 16-track line-up for his upcoming album, The Marshal Mathers LP 2. The follow-up to 2010's chart-topping Recovery will be released next month, and in a bid to produce further excitement, the Detroit-native released the full tracklisting, including guest spots, on Tursday, 10 October (via Billboard).

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Em will release MMLP2 on 5 November

MMLP2 will feature a host of special appearances from the likes of rap's latest wunderkind Kendrick Lamar, Skylar Grey, Fun. frontman Nate Ruess and Bajan beauty Rihanna, who Em also worked with on his last album for the mega-hit 'Love The Way You Lie.' On top of these guest artists, we already know that long-time collaborator Dr Dre has at least one production credit on the album along with the legend that is Rick Rubin, with the pair also serving as executive producers. DJ Khalil, Scoop DeVille, Symoblyc One, No I.D. and Eminem himself have also contributed beats to the album.

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Kanye West Takes "Yeezus" To The People With 23 North American Tour Dates


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With all of Kanye West’s recent success around the release of Yeezus, there was one thing conspicuously missing – an album tour. Of course, West is a new dad, having welcomed baby North with Kim Kardashian back in June. Fast forward to three months later and North is happily taken care of by her mum, her gran and an entire loving family, which makes it the perfect time for West to finally announce those long awaited tour dates.

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After being on daddy duty for a while, West will finally set off on tour in October.

According to US Weekly, the rapper will hit 23 US cities, starting with a gig at Seattle’s Key Arena on October 19. What’s even better is that Kanye is teaming up with rap prodigy Kendrick Lamar, who will open for West on his nationwide round. The tour itself will span seven weeks, with the Black Skinhead rapper making stops in major cities across the US and Canada, including dates in Las Vegas, L.A., Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, Vancouver, and Montreal. The long overdue tour will conclude with a show at the Toyota Center in Houston Texas on December 7.

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Kendrick Lamar Was Surprised At Control Verse Impact - Rapper Speaks Out


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Kendrick Lamar got exactly what he wanted when he spat the now-infamous incendiary verse on Big Sean’s ‘Control.’ He told his fellow rappers – some of which he works with – that he’s out to outdo them in every way possible, and it caused quite a stir.

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"Honestly I didn’t know there would be so much speculation behind it,” Lamar said to radio station Power 106, although the furore surrounding his lengthy verse will only move to help complete his mission. “I just wanted to rap. Anybody that knows me doing music, I wanna just rap." (Rolling Stone)

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Austin City Limits 2013 Set To Return With A Stunningly Diverse New Line-Up


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Austin City Limits Music Festival is set to hit Texas for its twelfth year, bringing with it two weekends of fabulous live music and family fun.

The festival organisers first decided to spread the fun out over two weekends last year, in a bid to welcome yet more people into this unique world, and it appears that they haven't gone back on their word as they are set to return to Zilker Park on October 4th - 6th and 11th - 13th. This year sees some impressive headline acts including Depeche Mode, The Cure, Muse and Kings Of Leon - and if that wasn't exciting enough, Atoms For Peace, Lionel Richie, Phoenix and Wilco are also high up on this year's bill! Some of the other acts scattered around are just as jaw-droppingly impressive, not to mention extremely diverse. We have Californian rockers Queens Of The Stone Age, country star Hank Williams Jr.'s daughter Holly Williams, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, LA sisters Haim, alt-folk group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Nottingham singer Jake Bugg and legendary 'Gay Bar' hitmakers Electric Six.

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Kendrick Lamar Contemplates 'Dumbing Down' Lyrics Following 'Control' Fallout


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When Kendrick Lamar spat fire on his guest spot for the Big Sean track 'Control,' his challenge to today's hip-hop heavy-weights to up their game and try and keep up with him was taken the wrong way by a chunk of the rap community, including a number of those he called out on the track. Speaking for the first time about the controversy surrounding his verse, the Compton rapper has reiterated that he meant no disrespect to anyone, noting that he may have to tone down his complex lyrics in future.

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Kendrick says that people obviously didn't get what he was rapping about in the Big Sean track

The Top Dawg Entertainment star was speaking with radio DJ Peter Rosenberg on his Hot 97 radio show on Thursday (29 August) morning to address the unwarranted controversy surrounding the song, saying that his lyrics had been taken out of context by those who took offence. He commented, "It made me go back here and made me feel that I probably need to dumb down my lyrics nowadays, for people to take it way out of context the way they did."

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Kendrick Lamar's "Control" Verse Wasn't A Jab At The Kings Of New York


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Kendrick Lamar has no beef with any of the “kings of New York” and that wasn’t even what his somewhat controversial verse on Big Sean’s Control was even about, the rapper himself says in an upcoming interview with Power 106. Lamar says that he did not expect his contribution to the Big Sean track to attract that much attention, but to be fair with so many names dropped in there, it’s no wonder the media took the bait and started looking for the rift between Lamar and his fellow East Coasters. The inflammatory line – or one of them anyway – goes: ”I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n****s”

Hear an excerpt from the interview below.

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Kendrick Lamar 'Control' Rap: The Best Responses From The Hip-Hop World


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Big Sean's new track 'Control' was only released on Tuesday but already the rap world is up in arms over guest rapper Kendrick Lamar's 3 minute verse in which he boasts, disses and namechecks other artists in order to make it sound like he's the undisputed big dog.

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The Rap World Replies To Lamar.

Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Pusha T, Drake, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, NaS, Eminem, Andre 3000 and Meek Millz are not even all the names spat out by Lamar as the rapper compares himself to a King, the Pope and Italian writer/politician Machiavelli. He also adds in Lindsay Lohan, Sir Paul McCartney and Sean Connery for good measure, just in case Hollywood or The Beatles' guitarist ever considers encroaching on his self-anointed rap lordship.

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Hip-Hop's Sleeping Giant Awoken By Kendrick Lamar. What Took You So Long?


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Kendrick Lamar turned heads in the hip-hop world this week following the premiere of a new track by Big Sean - Control - featuring the Compton rapper.

It was the instant classic verse from Lamar that caused the stir, with the 26-year-old dubbing himself the "King of New York" and putting himself in the company of some of the game's very best.

"I heard the barbershops spittin' great debates all the time, Bout who's the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas," he spits.

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Kendrick Lamar Bigs Himself Up, By Calling Out Other Rappers


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No one has ever called out as many people in one verse as Kendrick Lamar did in his contribution to Big Sean's new track, 'Control.' The song isn't even destined for an album but that hasn't made Lamar's fellow rappers, especially the ones name-dropped in his verse, zero in on the L.A rapmeister.

Rap doesn't really strike us as the genre where you want to be dissing your fellow words-men, especially due to all the tough characters with tattoes, grillz and heavy jewellery that could probably be swung like a flail if riled. Lamar doesn't seem to care though, spitting lyrics laden with big names in the industry in what feels like a taunt.

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Kendrick Lamar Called Out The Big Names In Rap.

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Kendrick Lamar Attacks Rap Peers' Out Of 'Control' Luxurious Lifestyles


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Kendrick Lamar has not been in the most subtle of moods of late. He's started to find the trappings of fame and fortune irritating or so his lyrics would suggest.

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Kenrick Lamar at the Way Out West Festival in Sweden.

Lamar's rant features of Big Sean's upcoming Hall of Fame album. The 7 minute long track, in which Lamar raps, has not been released owing to sample-clearance issues. This track, 'Control', is highly critical of the attributes of rap culture, including the frivolous lifestyles of other celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan.

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New Single "Control (HOF)" Sees Kendrick Lamar Calling Out Big Competitors


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Kendrick Lamar is rising to the top and won’t let anybody stand in his way, the rapper has made that much clear by calling out a bunch of rappers on his latest track “Control (HOF)”. Actually, name dropped would be a more accurate description, because the list of… um… homeboys includes quite a few big names.

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Lamar might have "mad love" for them...

In the new track, which you can listen to via NME, Lamar raps: "I'm usually homeboys with the same nigg*s I'm rhyming with/ But this is hip-hop and them niggas should know what time it is/ And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale, Pusha-T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all but I'm trying to murder you n****s".

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Kendrick Lamar - Way Out West Festival 2013 - Performances - Day 3 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Saturday 10th August 2013

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Lollapalooza 2013: The Key Bands That You Cannot Afford To Miss


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Most of us are still cradling our weary heads from the Pitchfork Music Festival, but it's time to dust ourselves down, pull on our favorite band t-shirts and head to Chicago for one of America's - no, the world's - biggest music festivals.

That's right guys, Lollapalooza is here and this year's line-up is one of the most ingenious collections of live music for 2013.

Here's the bands that you simply cannot afford to miss.

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Lollapalooza 2013 To Be Equipped For All Weathers For Another Memorable Weekend


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Get ready for a magnificent time as Chicago brings you another rollicking year of Lollapalooza with a legendary line-up of mixed genre music from The Cure to Mumford & Sons.

Since it's revival in 2003, Lollapalooza has been bringing you the very best of rock, metal, punk, hip hop and dance from all the major music legends to the up-and-coming rookies of the business. Taking place at Chicago's Grant Park from August 2nd - 4th 2013, the festival this year features a bedazzling headline roster of Las Vegas indie rockers The Killers, West Sussex goths The Cure, Grammy winning folk four-piece Mumford & Sons and long-running industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails. There will also be a huge range of activities to occupy yourself with over the weekend from the Samsung Galaxy Experience where you can check out the latest gadgets, to art stations where you can become a comic strip or be transformed into a work of pop art.

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Kendrick Lamar - American Rapper Kendrick Lamar performing in concert at Manchester O2 Apollo - Manchester, United States - Tuesday 9th July 2013

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Kendrick Lamar - The 2013 BET Awards held at Nokia Theatre - Inside - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 30th June 2013

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Kendrick Lamar - BET Awards 2013 press conference at Icon Ultra Lounge - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 14th May 2013

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Kendrick Lamar - Celebrities watch the LA Lakers vs. The Washington Wizards at the Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 22nd March 2013

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