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Awesome Human J. Cole Keeps Promise To Attend Fan's Graduation

J. Cole made one teenage fan's entire year by keeping his 2014 promise to come to her graduation if she got into a 4-year college.

“You gotta dream like you never seen obstacles,” an ecstatic teen fan quoted from J.Cole’s "Autograph" after posing with him at her high school graduation.

J. Cole's calendar marked New York City on Monday and Atlanta on Wednesday for his Dollar And A Dream Tour. But on Tuesday, the rapper kept his schedule open to fulfill a promise he made to a teen two years ago, according to his friend Ibrahim Hamad.

When Twitter user @princess_simba wrote a letter to Cole as a sophomore in North Carolina, she told him about her obstacles in life and school, and asked him to attend her high school graduation. The rapper made a deal with her. "I read your letter twice now," he said. "You are so strong, i admire YOU. i will be at your graduation...only if you get into a 4 year University. go!"

The teen stayed in contact with Cole and Hamad on Twitter and by phone, updating the two on her progress in school. In April, the fan posted pictures to Twitter of her college acceptance letters. A month later, she sent reminders to him that graduation day was approaching.

Her Twitter bio now reads, "He called, we met and now @JColeNC is coming to my graduation. My dreams are coming true."

The day after his Irving Plaza performance, Cole headed to New Jersey to attend @princess_simba's graduation ceremony. Not only did he keep up with his end of the bargain, Hamad and the teen confirmed that he also gave her books and promised to contribute to her college tuition.

Talk about a dollar and a dream.

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Tidal Announces Tidal Unplugged Program For Upcoming Artists

The Jay-Z owned streaming service is launching Tidal Unplugged, a program geared toward rising artists. The program has been bestowed with a $1 million fund, courtesy of its donors, venture capitalists and philanthropists, Mark Lampert and Robert Nelsen. The goal of the program is to gather emerging artists and provide them with support and tools to advance their music careers.

The selected, local artists will begin the program in Detroit, where Lampert's grandfather started his music career and will receive a grant that can cover necessary equipment, time in the studio, as well as living expenses amongst other things. There are plans to expand Unplugged to other locations, but as of right now it's solely in the Motor City.

"Kicking it off in Detroit, we're giving artists the means and resources to pursue their passion," Tidal said about Unplugged. "This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows aspiring musicians to dedicate more time and energy to seeking a career as an artist."

Unplugged will also allow the artists to maintain complete ownership of their recording masters from the four songs they will record when they make it to the first stage of the program. Additionally, Tidal plans to help the musicians with the distribution and promotion of their music, as well as help the artists prepare for a TIDAL Unplugged showcase concert later this year in November.

 

Detroit, welcome to TIDAL Unplugged. Up-and-coming artists are getting the opportunity to give their all to their music with our new artist grant program. Submissions open March 1. https://t.co/krL3l8HHGg pic.twitter.com/w30fElrp6N

— TIDAL (@TIDAL) February 21, 2019

Tidal Unplugged is calling for musicians of all genres in the birthplace of Motown Records, however, the announcement states that all submissions must be a cappella or performed acoustically with minimal use of digital components.

Detroit-area artists can apply for the program on Tidal's official website or here, starting on March 1, 2019. Finalists will be announced in May 2019.

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Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour Postponed Over “Unique Challenges”

Amy Winehouse's hologram tour is officially postponed, BASE Hologram, the company behind the digital production, announced via Twitter Tuesday (Feb. 19).

“In developing the type of highly ambitious, state of the art hologram/augmented reality theatrical event that would truly capture her genius and incredible artistic and social contributions, we encountered some unique challenges and sensitivities,” the company revealed.

The tour, originally scheduled to launch sometime this year, is delayed until BASE can “determine the best path to a creatively spectacular production that would properly honor Amy’s legacy.”

Mitch Winehouse, the “Back to Black” singer's father, announced the tour last fall, which was expected to feature a live band backing a digital projection of Winehouse.

Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in 2011, following a very public battle with addiction that ultimately cut her life short. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization that works to prevent “the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.”

Read BASE Hologram’s full statement on the tour delay below.

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— BASE Hologram (@BASEHologram) February 20, 2019

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Beyonce And Travis Scott Are Reportedly Working On Music Together

Who would have imagined Beyonce and Travis Scott would be embarking on new music together? According to Tone Stith, talks of a collaboration between the two artists were buzzing for L.A. songwriters.

Speaking to VIBE for our Views From The Studio series, the 20-year-old shared how his single "Good Company" with Swae Lee and Quavo was created with Beyonce and Travis Scott in mind.

"I made the track originally for Travis Scott and Beyonce because somebody told me they were looking for a song but he [Swae] heard the track and was like, "Let me do something with this."

"Good Company" was also conceived by way of a pick-up basketball game. "They just came over to the house one day. Swae Lee came over first and we were playing basketball," the singer continued. "I don't know if everybody loves basketball, it was a good ice breaker."

Nobody was aware that the "Sicko Mode" rapper was in talks of collaborating with Queen Yonce herself, but we are obviously all here for it. The Houston natives are fans of each other as Bey attended Scott's Astroworld tour last year with Jay Z.

Stream Tone Stith's "Good Company" single below.

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