Benny Benassi

Get Featured On VIBE By Joining Benny Benassi's #VIRTUALCHOIR

Think you have the pipes to be the next Beyonce or Drake? Perhaps your an Ellie Goulding? A BeatBoxer? A Barber String Quartet? VIBE is teaming up with Ultra Music and Italian producer-DJ Benny Benassi to find the next singing superstar with the official launch of the “#VIRTUALCHOIR” video campaign.

All you have to do is lay down the best karaoke-style cover video of his Grammy-Award track “Cinema” on the social media platform Talenthouse, and you can win a round-trip travel and VIP tickets for two to see Benny perform live in Veags during his Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub residency. The Grand Prize package also includes a special feature on VIBE.com, giving you the spotlight you deserve in your personal ‘Cinema’.

Competition closes July 8 at 10 a.m. PST, with the Grand Prize winner announced on July 29. For official contest rules and submission entry, head to www.talenthousecom.

Benny Benassi Answers Some Burning Questions:
What are the main elements you are looking at in the selection process for this competition?
Benny Benassi: This isn't a competition! First and foremost we want people to become part of a campaign or a movement and have fun, its such a big track and has lasted so long on the club scene I want fans to experience a new way of being a part of it.

Is there a statement you’re making about music today by opening your hit song up to a virtual remodel by any kind of talent?
Not really. But music is about how people connect with and interpret your songs. I wouldn't be here without my fans and it is a great way for me to be involved in a project with them. It's just a new way of working with the music and the internet.

Give participants a few tips on how to make their own video for #VIRTUALCHOIR stand out:
Just join in and have fun, its all about becoming part of something.

What’s your favorite movie?
Whatever is playing on the in-flight entertainment system.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas?
I have a residency at Marquee which is the night club and day club inside the Cosmopolitan, and I have been going there for a few years now, so playing there is definitely the best thing to do.

How has Ultra Music changed the music industry?
Ultra Music have for me been a really crucial part of my career, they were releasing electronic music before anyone else in the US really and they supported me from the start. That's their job, to find new talent and support it. That's a very important job!

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Malcolm X’s Daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, Speaks On His Legacy And Netflix Docuseries

In commemoration of the 55th anniversary of his assassination, Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, spoke out on her father’s legacy and the popular Netflix documentary, Who Killed Malcolm X? 

Speaking with Democracy Now on Friday (Feb. 21), Ilyasah praised the filmmakers behind the six-part docuseries for their work in attempting to uncover, “Who killed our father? Who took the life of a very young man who challenged the moral compass of world nations.”

Ilyasah was just two years old when her father was assassinated in front of her, three of her sisters and her mother, Betty Shabazz, who was pregnant with twins at the time. A week before Malcolm’s murder, the family’s home was firebombed.

Ilyasah has no memory of her father’s assassination which took place on Feb. 21, 1965, inside Harlem's Audubon Ballroom. Malcolm was preparing to give a speech in the venue and invited his family to sit in the front row.

“I’m really grateful that I don’t have memory as my older sisters I’m sure can recollect, being 6 years old and 4 years old, the trauma and chaos and understanding that our father never came home,” she said. “And especially to my mother who was a young woman that actually saw bullets just tear my father’s body apart.”

The interview details the days leading up to Malcolm's death, including France banning him from entry into the country three weeks before his assassination. Malcolm who was only 39 years old when he died, traveled to Europe during the first week of February in 1965. He was turned away at the airport in France without explanation and subsequently forced to fly back to London where he delivered what would become one of his final speeches at the London School of Economics.

“He realized this was bigger than the Nation of Islam,” Ilyasah explained of Malcolm being banned from France. “The Nation of Islam itself did not have the power to keep him [out of France] and France did not want history to include that Malcolm was assassinated on their land. And so that speaks volumes, and my father understood that his life was not just challenged by the Nation of Islam. It was much bigger than that.

“It’s important to look at the work that he was doing,” she added. “Challenging world powers, challenging world nations for taking control of an [unequal] distribution of the world’s wealth.”

Ilyasah also dismantles the notion that her father “miraculously became Malcolm X” after he went to prison by detailing how his upbringing shaped his interest in political activism.

“He was always a leader,” she said. “He was always compassionate, he was always a learned young man. His parents instilled specific values in him and his siblings. The importance of self love, compassion, [and] care.”

Watch the full interview in the video above (Ilyasah’s portion begins at 12:17).

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Jhene Aiko Reveals Release Date For ‘Chilombo’ Album

Jhene Aiko announced the release date for her third studio album and what appears to be the album artwork on Friday (Feb. 21). The album titled, Chilombo, after Aiko’s sur name, is slated to drop on March 6 and promises to be some of her “realest” work to date.

“Just typed out all the lyrics to the free flows that are #CHILOMBO #phew realest s**t I ever wrote,” the Grammy-nominated tweeted on Monday (Feb. 17). Aiko described the album as an compilation of her previous work. “If sailing soul(s), sail out, souled out and trip had a baby #CHILOMBO.”

just typed out all the lyrics to the free flows that are #CHILOMBO 👏🏼 #phew realest shit i ever wrote....

— Chilombo (@JheneAiko) February 17, 2020

if sailing soul(s), sail out, souled out and trip had a baby #CHILOMBO 🌋

— Chilombo (@JheneAiko) February 17, 2020

Last month, Aiko dropped the track “P*$$Y Fairy (OTW),” which is expected to be on the album. Aiko’s last album, Trip, was released in 2017.

See the Aiko's latest album artwork below.

 

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Jojo Announces ‘Good To Know’ Album And Tour

Jojo has a new album, Good to Know, dropping this spring and will be hitting the road for a headlining tour kicking off in April, the singer announced on Friday (Feb, 21).

The album title encompasses all that Jojo has learned “in the past few years,” she explained in a statement. “Every piece of feedback, criticism (internal or external), whatever it is — it’s all just information. And it’s all good! I’ve been lucky to have the space to reflect on my own journey up to now, and I hope people can take comfort in the fact that I am not anywhere near perfect, and I will never sugarcoat anything. We're all constantly living and learning and that’s what makes this life fun.”

The 'Good to Know' tour launches at Seattle’s The Showbox on April 21, and wraps May 30, at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Presale tickets will be available beginning Monday, Feb, 24. Additional tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, Feb. 28.

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