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Lecrae Announces Tour After Release Of Major Label Debut, 'All Things Work Together'

The "Church Clothes" rapper will finally give us his long-awaited major label debut and tour this fall.

The Grammy Award–winning lyricist Lecrae is having a stellar 2017 after the success of his Billboard chart-topping hit “Blessings,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. Now, he's finally declared his long-awaited album, All Things Work Together, will be released this September. He will begin touring shortly thereafter, in October.

WATCH: Lecrae and Tori Kelly Release Inspirational New Video For St. Jude, “I’ll Find You”

Lecrae’s major label debut is set to be the Houston native’s biggest album thus far. While the official track list is yet to be unveiled, his record for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, “I’ll Find You” with Tori Kelly, “Blessings," and the Metro Boomin–produced “Hammer Time” with 1K Phew are included on All Things Work Together.

“This is my favorite album and the most work I've put in since the Anomaly tour,” he says. “This is a spiritual and emotional musical journey. People will be blown away.”

The album was originally announced in December 2016, but after a few delays, the Houston native has finally chosen September to bless us.

The All Things Work Together tour kicks off Oct. 4 in Memphis and will wrap up in Chicago on Dec. 5. The “Church Clothes” rapper also will be performing in major cities across the country, including New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., and Los Angeles.

WATCH: Go Behind The Scenes With Lecrae In The Making Of “Blessings”

Presale tickets will be available for members of the Lecrae Fan Club on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. They will be available to the public on Aug. 14 at the same time. Portions of the VIP proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Fans can get their tickets right now on his website, along with their fan packages. His forthcoming dates are listed below:

Oct. 4, 2017 Memphis, TN @Minglewood Hall
Oct. 5, 2017 Atlanta, @ GA Tabernacle
Oct. 7, 2017 Kansas City, MO The Truman
Oct. 8, 2017 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
Oct. 11, 2017 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Oct. 12, 2017 Houston, TX Revention Music Center
Oct. 13, 2017 San Antonio, TX Aztec Theatre
Oct. 14, 2017 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Oct. 18, 2017 Knoxville, TN The International
Oct. 19, 2017 Charlotte, NC Fillmore Charlotte
Oct. 20, 2017 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
Oct. 22, 2017 Silver Spring, MD Fillmore DC
Oct. 23, 2017 New York, NY PlayStation Theatre
Oct. 24, 2017 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
Oct. 25, 2017 Boston, MA House of Blues
Oct. 30, 2017 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Nov. 2, 2017 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
Nov. 4, 2017 Los Angeles, CA The Novo
Nov. 5, 2017 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
Dec. 2, 2017 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Dec. 3, 2017 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
Dec. 4, 2017 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Dec. 5, 2017 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
Dec. 6, 2017 Chicago, IL House of Blues

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Ja Rule To Re-Release Discography As Visual Albums

In a series of tweets posted on Monday night (Sept. 16), Ja Rule announced that he will re-release his entire discography. Not only will fans be re-introduced to the award-winning artist's hits but they'll also see accompanying visuals to the New York native's tracks.

Ja responded to a fan's question on "why now?" for the nostalgic liberation. "Music is timeless," he said while teasing his new album set to debut on Dec. 12.

Music is timeless... my new album 12.Twelve.XII comes out dec. 12th... https://t.co/JQka4zgeqI

— Ja Rule (@jarule) September 16, 2019

I will be rereleasing ALL of my albums as visual albums... I will be making a video for every song I’ve ever made... what songs do y’all wanna see videos for???

— Ja Rule (@jarule) September 16, 2019

Songs that already have been matched with visuals will not be a part of the discography's re-release. His roster includes: Venni Vetti Vecci (1999), Rule 3:36 (2000), Pain Is Love (2001), The Last Temptation (2002), Blood In My Eye (2003), R.U.L.E. (2004), Exodus (2005), and PIL 2 (2012). 

With more than 100 songs under his belt, Ja definitely has a task ahead. Good luck, your fans are looking forward to it!

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Stalley Announces U.S. Tour, Releases 'All So New' Single With Jansport J

Ohio rap staple Stalley has returned with news of a new nationwide tour, and new music to go along with it.

On Monday (Sept. 16), Stalley announced The Head Trip Tour, a U.S. trek with 12 dates so far and more shows to be announced. The tour begins in Chicago on Nov. 7, before touring throughout more of his midwestern stomping grounds and rocking Los Angeles before several shows on the East Coast.

Stalley also released "All So New," a single produced by Los Angeles musician Jansport J. The song is his first new release since Human, an EP he dropped earlier this year.

After entering the game with his breakthrough mixtape Lincoln Way Nights, Stalley built his own fan base and eventually signed with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. He has since left and gone indie, releasing his own music with guest appearances from the likes of Scarface, Nipsey Hussle, 2Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign and many more.

In a press release, Stalley said that his upcoming material is more personal than ever now that he's working without the restrictions of a label.

"With this music it’s more spiritual - it’s my story," Stalley said. "I've been getting closer to my fans lately, so I really wanted to let them in and have them be a part of my growth and transition into independence. By being independent and having total control of my career, I now have the freedom to create freely and bare my whole self to my true supporters."

Listen to "All So New" above or on your favorite streaming services, and see his tour schedule below.

 

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Rihanna Inks Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

Rihanna continues to make our jaws drop and we just can't get enough. After two successful New York Fashion Week events with her Savage X Fenty lingerie line and her fifth annual Diamond Ball event, the world's richest female musician has signed a global deal with Sony/ATV Music publishing.

Billboard reports the announcement was made on Monday (Sept. 16), stating that the deal will cover the artist's full songwriting catalog and future projects.

Rih also made history as the first entertainer to follow Jon Platt, chairman, and CEO of Sony/ATV, after he stepped into the executive seat in April 2019. Their partnership first began in 2015 at Warner/Chappell before Platt moved to Sony/ATV, according to Variety.

"I'm proud to have known Rihanna since the beginning of her career," he said. "Music, fashion, philanthropy and a heart of gold have solidified Rihanna's position as one of the biggest icons in the world."

The Bajan-beauty has numerous musical achievements including 14 Billboard Hot 100 No.1s, nine Grammy Awards, and seven RIAA-certified multi-platinum albums. Her elite status doesn't stop there since she snagged 13 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Awards, seven MTV Video Music Awards, and the 2017 Songwriter of the Year at the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

Her last seven albums have reached platinum status 22 times in the United States.

"It's an honor to be reunited with her at Sony/ATV," Platt said.

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