N.E.R.D Performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

N.E.R.D is back. To celebrate the release their new album No_One Every Really Dies, Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley returned to the stage on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Thursday (Dec. 14). For their first performance “Lemon,” they threw a party in the parking lot while dancers bounced around. The camera then cut to […]

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Diplo and Baauer Blast FCC Chairman over Illegal Use of "Harlem Shake"

Yesterday (December 14), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to kill the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules in the United States, taking another step towards controlling free speech and restricting the flow information. The decision hinged on FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who has become the scapegoat for the whole thing. Leading up to the vote, Pai released […]

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Daniel Caesar Is Making Canadian Concert History This Weekend

Big would be too small a word to describe Daniel Caesar’s 2017. The much-lauded artist — and Exclaim! 2017 year-end cover star — will perform five sold-out shows at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall, starting this Saturday, December 16, a feat that’s without precedent, particularly for an independent Canadian musician who gets limited radio play in […]

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N.E.R.D Is Back with ‘No_One Ever Really Dies’

N.E.R.D is back and bouncin’ around with No_One Ever Really Dies, the trio’s first album in seven years. The 11-track project finds no shortage stars, with appearances from Rihanna (“Lemon”), Gucci Mane and Wale (“Voilà”), Future (“1000”), Kendrick Lamar (“Don’t Don’t Do It!” and “Kites”), M.I.A. (“Kites”), André 3000 (“Rollinem 7’s”), and Ed Sheeran (“Lifting […]

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'Empire' Season 4 Finale Recap

reactid=”130″> The Empire season finale was a lot. Andre's sedated while doctors are trying to rid his system the psychotropic drugs Diana DuBois put in his system. Hakeem is still fighting to get Bella back; Jamal is conflicted about Warren; Cookie's on a war path; Lucious wants revenge; and everyone's hit with a twist that […]

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25 Best Rap Albums of 2017

reactid=”130″> There's a saying that you should always expect the unexpected, but many rap fans didn't know what the writing on the wall was coming into 2017. 2016 had been a landmark year for rap music, with a slew monumental albums that put fans on the edge their seats, waiting in anticipation for their release […]

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​Watch Justin Bieber Do Some "Perfect" Interpretive Dance to Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber didn’t release an album this year and had to cancel the end his “Purpose World Tour,” but thanks to “Despacito” and “Friends,” he managed to stay atop everyone’s Instagram and Twitter radar in 2017. Now, it looks as if he’s gearing up for a big 2018 — potentially as an Ed Sheeran back-up […]

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Chris Brown Drops ‘Heartbreak on a Full Moon Deluxe Edition’

Christmas comes early for Chris Brown fans. The R&B superstar unwraps a 57-track deluxe edition his album Heartbreak on a Full Moon. The repackaged version, titled Deluxe Edition: Cuffing Season – 12 Days Christmas, adds 12 tracks to the original 45, and features appearances from Trippie Redd (“Yoppa”), Ella Mai (“This X-Mas”), Solo Lucci (“Secret”), […]

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'Black-ish' Season 4, Episode 9 Recap

reactid=”130″> The black-ish season finale flipped the scrip,  and told the story the ghost Christmas future instead Christmas past while tackling a major plight in the Black community— diabetes. Following black-ish tradition, Dre opens the show with his informative monologue— this time addressing statistics surrounding diabetes and the Black community. He's concerned about the effects […]

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Exclaim!'s Top 11 EPs of the Year Best of 2017

As our annual rollout genre-specific album lists for the Best the Year — which so far has covered the Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums, Top 10 Soul and R&B Albums, Top 10 Metal and Hardcore Albums, Top 10 Folk and Country Albums, Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums and Top Ten Dance and Electronic Albums 2017 […]

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