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Afropunk Announces Finalists For 2015 Battle Of The Bands

This year's Brooklyn fest is hosting a showdown between some of the hottest up and coming industry talents.

AfroPunk fans, prepare yourselves. The festivities start now. The performers to hit the stage at this year's Battle of the Bands in Brooklyn will include Aligns, Oshun, the VeeVees, Juggernaut, War Party and RAAA.

These groups hold spots on a list of 16 bands that will take on one of Brooklyn's hugest stages at the Beast of Bourbon on July 10. In addition to the Brooklyn spot, competitions will be held in Philadelphia and Atlanta. The bands will have the opportunity to pick which city they want to rep, then compete for a set in AfroPunk's 2015 festivities, where performers such as Lenny Kravitz and Lauryn Hill are expected to headline.

READ: This Lineup Proves Why AfroPunk Festival Is A Must-See This Year

The critically-acclaimed celebration has seen concertgoer numbers of over 60,000 last year, and is even offering a ticket earning program for the youth this year. In its third annual matchup event, Battle of the Bands has proven successful for some, such as the youthful Brooklyn-based rock band The Skins who signed with Rick Rubens and Unlocking the Truth, who signed with Sony. The show goes down at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Check out all the bands up for the battle and purchase your spot here.

  • ALIGNS
  • The VeeVees
  • Da Nomads
  • RAAA
  • Ash Frost
  • Juggernaut War Party
  • OSHUN
  • KO-LITION
  • The Freaky Baby Daddies
  • I$0 INDIES
  • Jelani Sei
  • Vagabond
  • Civil JustUs
  • Negros Americanos
  • Noni Rene
  • Dope Rebels

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ICONOLOGY is a collection of new songs that are meant to make the listener throw it back to the times when music made us want to move. She revealed the news on social media.

"This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful," she wrote on Instagram." THANK YOU for allowing me to smell the roses. You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me!... Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance! Sincerely, Dr. Melissa “Missy” Elliott #Iconology."

We're hoping there are some eye-popping videos to accompany these new songs. Check out her post below.

 

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This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful. THANK YOU for allowing me to smell the roses. You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me! So, I have a SURPRISE for you... let’s continue the celebration at midnight tonight…I’m dropping a collection of new songs! Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance! Sincerely, Dr. Melissa “Missy” Elliott #Iconology

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Lizzo Reacts To Hillary Clinton's "Truth Hurts" Tweet

Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” may be over two years old, but it’s proven to be her most impactful hit yet. The track gained steam after being featured in Netflix’s Someone Great, and currently sits at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also garnered the attention of one of the biggest names in politics.

A video Lizzo posted on Twitter features Hillary Clinton and other former Presidential hopefuls standing and saluting the flag. While we may expect the National Anthem to play, “Truth Hurts” blares over the speaker instead.

Shortly after the video was posted, Hillary Clinton (or at least a very in-touch intern of hers) replied, tweeting out the song’s popular lyrics “I just took a DNA test, turns out…”

“@hillaryclinton just confirmed Truth Hurts is 100% the new national anthem... have a great day,” Lizzo wrote on Instagram.

The musician opened up about practically quitting music after “Truth Hurts” failed to take off initially.

“I remember thinking, ‘If I quit music now, nobody would notice. This is my best song ever, and nobody cares,’” she told PEOPLE. “I was like, ‘F**k it, I’m done.’ And a lot of people rallied; my producer, my publicist and my family, they were like, ‘Just keep going because this is the darkest before the dawn.'”

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— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 21, 2019

 

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Drake Faces Lawsuits Over 'Nice For What' And 'In My Feelings'

A rapper by the name of Sam Skully is suing both Drake and Big Freedia for alleged use of his beat for the songs “In My Feelings” and “Nice For What.”

Per TMZ, Skully (real name Samuel Nicholas III) claims that a portion of his 2000’s song “Roll Call” was used in the popular song “In My Feelings.” He also alleges that “Nice For What,” which features Big Freedia, uses another one of his stolen beats.

“In the docs, Sam Skully claims he published the beat on a CD he released in New Orleans way back in 2000, but says he didn't know his work had been stolen until years later ... when Drake and Big Freedia released songs that started climbing the charts,” reports the site.

“Nice For What” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018, as did “In My Feelings.” The latter track remained there for 10 weeks and was associated with the highly-popular “In My Feelings” challenge.

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