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The Weeknd Brings Out Kendrick Lamar During L.A. 'Starboy' Tour Stop

Yeah, it was pretty much lit. 

“Is this the biggest party in L.A. tonight?” asked Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, to the crowd during the first of two Los Angeles shows on his Starboy: Legend of the Fall tour Saturday night (April 29) at the sold out Forum. It sure seemed like it as the crowd replied with nonstop infectious screams beginning as soon as the pop star -- who used to keep his face hidden -- now rose from underneath the stage to smoke and flashing lights, with a fresh haircut and all, as he confidently opened with his No. 1 hit "Starboy," which he was that night indeed.

Dressed in his usual darker tones of a black top and pants with white boots and a grey jacket, he led what felt like an effortless show interspersed with dance moves as he walked up and down a catwalk into the middle of the crowd performing hits off his latest album, including “Party Monster,” “Reminder,” “Six Feet Under” and “Rockin'" with a three-piece band set up at the end of the stage. Throughout the whole set, he never sacrificed his smooth, high pitched tones.

He brought out Rae Sremmurd, who did the mannequin challenge to “Black Beatles,” as well as Belly and 6lack, but most notable was surprising the audience with L.A. native Kendrick Lamar, who rose to the the middle of the stage to perform his featured verse on “Sidewalks.” The Weeknd bowed to Lamar before giving him the stage to perform “Humble” off his DAMN. album, which is now spending its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The Weeknd ran through his verses from party favorites he was featured on, including Ty Dolla $ign’s “Or Nah,” Drake’s "Crew Love," Future’s “Low Life” and NAV’s “Some Way” and towards the middle of his set slowed things down with “True Colors” and “Angel” before getting into some of his older material.

He performed tracks from his Beauty Behind the Madness album, including "Acquainted," "Often" and "Tell Your Friends," which ended on a freestyle, as well as "Earned It." He took it back even further performing "Wicked Games" from his House of Balloons mixtape. “You guys sound beautiful,” he said as the crowd sang along to every word.

After singing and dancing to “Can’t Feel My Face,” screams were so loud and long-winded to the point that The Weeknd stopped and held his ears. He ended on the Daft Punk-produced hit “I Feel It Coming” before he thanked the crowd and the stage went black, signaling the end of the show.

But just when you thought he ended his set, he came back onstage for an encore performance of “The Hills,” which had the crowd at their feet singing all the lyrics to the song. The pop star was all smiles as he stood before the crowd, solidifying his Starboy status.

Check out Kung-Fu Kenny rock the stage below.

This story was originally featured in Billboard

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Jay-Z Praises Debut Of Jordan Peele's 'Us' Movie

As part of the celebratory activities that took place after the debut of Us, Jay-Z decided to partake in the words of felicitations and congratulated director Jordan Peele for another cinematic feat. On Sunday (March 24), Mr. Carter issued a statement on the achievement, as posted by Roc Nation's Twitter account.

"For US by US. Congrats on the #1 movie in the world," the "Moonlight" rapper said. In a past interaction, Peele said Jay-Z helped him to get over the notion of a sophomore slump when he worried about another stellar follow-up to Get Out. In an interview with MTV News, Peele remembered Jay-Z stating, "It doesn't matter, you already did that."

According to Variety, Us (MonkeyPaw Productions), raked in $70 million at the domestic box office last weekend (March 22). The horror film stars VIBE cover star Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Elizabeth Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and more.

On the topic of featuring a black family at the center of this film, Peele said to VIBE that it'll open up new perspectives of what an African-American unit looks like onscreen. “To be able to normalize this idea of representation in film, we have to be ready to represent the spectrum of where we are as African-Americans," Peele said. "I hope it’s therapeutic to be able to see a black family buy a boat in a movie, to be able to play the good guy and the bad guy, and not have it be a movie that has to be about race. I think that’s good within our community, and it’s good for the outside communities to be able to see — don’t put us in boxes.”

"For US by US. Congrats on the #1 movie in the world." - Hov

— Roc Nation (@RocNation) March 24, 2019

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Barack And Michelle Obama Congratulate Jennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez On Engagement

The news of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's recent engagement has received some serious love from the former POTUS and FLOTUS.

Taking to Twitter to post the presidential sincerity, A-Rod showed off the handwritten note from Michelle and Barack Obama. “This means the world to us. #44," the engaged couple captioned the image. The note also offered marital advice to the couple.

“Jennifer & Alex -- Michelle and I just wanted to congratulate you on your engagement. After 26 years together, we can say that whatever challenges life may bring, sharing them with someone you love makes it all better. All the best, Barack Obama.”

This means the world to us. #44

— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) March 22, 2019


A post shared by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on Mar 12, 2019 at 9:21am PDT

Earlier this month (March 9), Rodriguez proposed to Lopez with a diamond ring reportedly worth more than a million dollars. The pair dated for two years.

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