The 'Life of the Party' singer has risen from internet fame to land a Number 1 record at his first attempt.
Internet sensation Shawn Mendes has completed his rise from a cult following on Vine to chart-topping sensation, as his full-length debut album has entered at Number 1 in the Billboard Top 200. Handwritten sold 119,000 units, including track and streaming album equivalent sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
16 year old Mendes is the youngest person to top the American album charts since 2010, when Justin Bieber – six months younger then than Mendes is now – spent a month at Number 1 with My World 2.0.
Shawn Mendes has scored his first Number 1 album with his debut 'Handwritten'
Continue reading: Shawn Mendes Scores US Chart Topper With Debut Album 'Handwritten'
Kendall and her famous friends have hit the annual music festival, but Tyler The Creator doesn't appear to be a fan.
Kendall Jenner is living the dream of many a 19 year old by spending the weekend partying at the Coachella festival, surrounded by friends including Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber. But while Kendall and her friends seemed to be having the time of her life at the desert festival, the reality star later incurred the wrath of rapper Tyler The Creator, who called her out in a foul mouth rant during his set.
Kendall has been partying at Coachella this weekend.
Performing on day two of the festival’s first weekend Tyler interrupted his set to address the V.IP. section of the audience telling them, “Y'all the n---as that got money and paid extra. F--k all y'all, y'all boring.”
The 24-year-old rapper will be performing on 44 dates across 2 continents on his upcoming tour, which kicks off in April.
Better late than never! Two months before his first show is scheduled, Tyler, The Creator has just announced that he will be heading out on a huge three month-long international tour that will span over North America and Europe.
Tyler will be playing 44 shows across two continents
The upcoming tour, which is 44-dates long, will kick off on 6th April at The Marquee in Tempe, Arizona, and will then see the 24-year-old rapper play concerts in New Orleans, Jacksonville, Miami Beach, Richmond and Detroit, as well as two shows at Coachella Music Festival.
Continue reading: Tyler, The Creator Announces Dates For Huge International Tour
Coachella 2015 brings some fantastic artists - new and old - to Indio, California.
It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.
Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.
Budweiser Made in America is coming soon, but what's it like to be made in Denver, Colorado?
Budweiser Made in America
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?
Made in America Festival is an annual music event founded by rapper and businessman Jay-Z in 2012. Following its inaugural year, it was announced to take place in Los Angeles for the later events and its arrival has since become an important symbol of unity. Jay-Z created the festival in a bid to join together musicians of all genres, creeds and cultures to emphasise the bond between music-lovers regardless of any animosity that may have existed between hip hop artists, rock artists and pop artists in the past. It is an attempt to build a world of peace and diversity because, in the words of Run DMC star Darryl McDaniels, 'Music succeeds where politics and religion fail'.
'Made In America' is a music documentary based on the new festival of the same name founded by Jay-Z who is also the movie's executive producer. It has been directed by double Oscar winner Ron Howard ('The Da Vinci Code', 'Apollo 13', 'Rush', 'A Beautiful Mind') and features behind-the-scenes clips and interviews of various music superstars including Run DMC, Rita Ora, Kanye West, Janelle Monáe, Tyler The Creator, Skrillex, Santigold and The Hives. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for 'Outstanding Television Documentary' at the Black Reel Awards.
Made In America is available on VOD and DVD 19 May 2014
Tyler the Creator has been generating headliness since he broke onto the rap scene in 2009.
Inciting riots, homophobia, sexism, all things Tyler The Creator has been accused of in his career so far. On Saturday the 23 year old rapper was arrested on suspicion of inciting a riot in Austin Texas after his performance at the SXSW festival. Another controversy? It’s just another day in the life of this very outspoken rap star.
Tyler the Creator was arrested at the weekend
Tyler, the Creator didn't pull any punches when he broke into the rap world in 2009. His debut mixtape was entitled ‘Bastard’ and got him his fair share of attention as well as positive reviews from critics. He followed it up a year later with ‘Goblin’, his debut album where he seemed to take exception to Bruno Mars and Paramore’s Hayley Williams in some of the album’s lyrics. His feelings on artists aside, the album also drew allegations of homophobia, (apparently anti-gay slurs can be heard 213 times on the record) and led to many to criticise his music’s lyrical content.
Continue reading: What's Eating Tyler The Creator? A History
The 23 year-old rapper played to a sold-out show in Dallas's House of Blues just hours after leaving jail in connection with a charge of inciting a riot.
Rapper Tyler The Creator found himself behind bars on Saturday (March 15th), after getting arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport.
The 23 year-old was facing a misdemeanour charge of inciting a riot at the South by Southwest festival this past Thursday (March 13th).
But just hours after being released from jail by posting $25,000 bail, Tyler, a.k.a. Tyler Gregory Okonma, returned to stage in Dallas and performed to a sold-out crowd, the Associated Press notes.
Continue reading: Tyler The Creator Returns To Stage Hours After Being Released From Jail
The rapper was accused of inciting crowds to push past security.
South by South West, Austin’s week long music and film festival was going remarkably smoothly this year. That is until Tyler, The Creator (real name Tyler Gregory Okonma) incited what has been deemed a riot by police officials at his SXSW. Okonma, who was later arrested in relation to the incident, reportedly a large crowd of fans at the annual music conference and festival to push their way past venue employees into a show that was already at full capacity.
Tyler, the Creator's SXSW show on Saturday was on the brink of violence.
According to the Associated Press, police at the scene reported witnessing the rapper yell at the fans outside to push their way past security on a couple of occasions. The crowd was reportedly on the brink of violence, so much so that a bartender had to protect a woman from from injury from the surging mob. Police released video evidence of the event, which shows scores of fans bursting through a gate at the Scoot Inn in downtown Austin. Following the incident, Okonma has been arrested at the Austin-Bergstrom Airport. His bail was set at $3,500 and, if convicted, the rapper faces a year in jail, as well as a $4,000 fine.
Tyler, the Creator was arrested in Austin under suspicion of inciting a riot and has been charged with a Class A misdemeanour. He has been released after posting bail and is set to appear in Dallas tonight (15th March).
The L.A. based rapper, Tyler, the Creator, was arrested on Saturday (15th March) in Austin, Texas on suspicion of inciting a riot. The 23-year-old was apprehended by police at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and charged with Riot- Class A misdemeanour, according to the Statesman.
Tyler The Creator was arrested in Austin on Saturday (15th March).
Tyler, the Creator a.k.a. Tyler Gregory Okonma alleged incited a riot whilst performing at a local entertainment venue in Austin on Thursday (13th March). According to KVUE news, Okonma encouraged those waiting to see his performance to push past the venue's employees. The venue was already at capacity and thus leading a chant of "push, push push", according to The LA Times, posed a threat to his own personal safety as well as the venue employees and attendees. Footage of the incident was released to TMZ by Austin police and show how busy the venue was prior to the forced entry of those waiting outside.
Continue reading: Tyler, the Creator Posts Bail After Being Charged With Riot Misdemeanour
DJ Peanut Butter Wolf set up independent LA label Stones Throw Records in 1996 and it has since released a string of critically acclaimed artists that have helped to shape the music industry. Current artists include the likes of 7 Days of Funk, Arabian Prince, The Stepkids and Madlib, while previous years have seen Mayer Hawthorne and Aloe Blacc as label artists. These artists may not be mainstream chart gold, but they have captured the imaginations of hip-hop, soul and R&B lovers everywhere since its inception.
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Odd Future are persona non grata in New Zealand.
The hip-hip collective Odd Future has been banned from New Zealand after officials deemed they posed a threat to public order. Immigration, New Zealand explained that the rappers had been deemed, "to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence."
Tyler, The Creator of Odd Future
Odd Future - led by Tyler, The Creator - were scheduled to support Eminem at Rapture festival on Saturday in Auckland though six group members were denied visas when New Zealand authorities became aware of an incident at a show in Boston in 2011 when some witnesses claimed some Odd Future members incited fans to attack police, according to the Guardian.
Continue reading: Odd Future Banned from New Zealand, Deemed "Threat to Public Order"
Pharrell's here with a new song and an extraordinary music video.
Pharrell Williams has released the world's first 24 hour-long music video for his Despicable Me 2 soundtrack song, 'Happy.' The interactive video takes you through a day in Los Angeles as different performers, including a host of celebrity cameos, take it in turns to dance and walk with the camera for one song as 'Happy' plays in a loop.
Pharrell Just Wants Us All To Be Happy.
From the stylish small child dancing down a street whilst bemused shop owners look on; a frizzy-haired girl leaping and twirling through a car park; a tall man dancing through the aisles of a supermarket whilst stuffing food under his shirt, to Pharrell himself picking up groceries in a rather swanky hat before throwing moves in front of a gospel choir later on. 'Happy' seemingly celebrates the everyday joy hidden in the doldrums of life, as well as the diverse face and talent of L.A.
Continue reading: Why is Pharrell's New Video 24 Hours Long? Because He's 'Happy' [Video]