American Express And Ariana Grande Present "The Sweetener Sessions" At New York's Irving Plaza
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Ariana Grande Treats Fans To 'Thank U, Next'

What are your first-listen thoughts? 

After an elaborate build up, Ariana Grande's fifth studio album, thank u, next is here. The 12-track project dropped on Friday (Feb. 8), including the hit, pre-released tracks, "thank u, next" and "7 rings."

Unlike her previous bodies of work, this album is featureless. The hip-hop-influenced project  also appears to address her past relationship with the late Mac Miller and her split from ex-fiance Pete Davidson.

Ahead of the album's release, Grande faced criticism for her track "7 rings." Princess Nokia suggested that she copied her flow on her song "Mine," while other fans pointed out the similarities between Ari's chorus and Soulja Boy's cadence on "Pretty Boy Swag." Critics also slammed the music video, saying it resembled 2 Chainz's pink trap house display in Atlanta. Grande silenced that chatter however, by featuring 2 Chainz on the "7 rings (remix).

In addition to the new album, Ariana is expected to hit the road on her Sweetener Tour, which is in support of her fourth album of the same name, in Mar. 2018. Stream Ariana Grande's new project thank u, next below.

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The Boss Is Back: Diana Ross Announces 2019 Tour Dates

Legendary musician Diana Ross will be embarking on a multi-city tour.

The Motown staple will begin her excursion today (Feb. 20) in Las Vegas. The tour will hit cities like New Orleans and New York before concluding on Jul. 22 in Morrison, CO.

Ross' concert series continues the celebration of her 75th birthday. Earlier this month at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Ross gave a special "75th Diamond Diana birthday performance," which was reminiscent of her iconic 1983 performance in Central Park. During the Grammys, she performed her hits such as  "The Best Years Of My Life" and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." Her performance was preceded by an adorable introduction by her nine-year-old grandson.

Check out her tour dates below. Tickets go on sale Friday (Feb. 22) via Ticketmaster.

Feb. 20 - Las Vegas, NV @ Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas Feb. 22 - Las Vegas, NV @ Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas Feb. 23 - Las Vegas, NV @ Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas April 13 - Catoosa, OK @ Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Tulsa April 25 - New Orleans, LA @ Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots June 22 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall June 27 - Vienna, VA @ The Barns at Wolf Trap July 22 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Hello New York” I’m PROUD to be back in New York in June [email protected] Music Hall #DiamondDiana pic.twitter.com/KkWynJvLzT

— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) February 19, 2019

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Blueface Reportedly Facing Prison Time For Unregistered Handgun Possession

According to The Blast, rapper Blueface could face jail time for unregistered handgun possession.

A few weeks ago, the "Thotiana" MC was arrested for possession of a fully-loaded handgun in Los Angeles. The charge is a felony, and carries a maximum of three years behind bars. Coupled with an existing firearm charge, this spells trouble for the California native.

"Back in November, Blueface was busted in Santa Clarita, CA for his alleged involvement in a robbery and vehicle-to-vehicle gunfight," writes The Blast. "He was in a car that crashed into the center divider on the freeway, and he was arrested on a $50,000 bond for assault with a deadly weapon." The rapper (born Jonathan Porter) is due back in court next week.

Despite issues within his personal life, the 22-year-old's professional life continues to thrive. His hit song "Thotiana" currently sits at the No. 20 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rappers such as YG, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj have put their respective spins on the track, and Young M.A. reportedly teased her own version of the song in a now-deleted clip posted to her Instagram.

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Kareem "Biggs" Burke Launches New Music Company, Signs First Artist

After nearly a 15-year hiatus from the music industry, Kareem "Biggs" Burke is back with a new music company called Circle of Success. To kick the newly-launched business off right, Burke has already announced his first signee, Brooklyn-based artist, SAINt JHN.

Circle of Success is a management company that oversees musicians. In an interview with Billboard on Feb. 19, Biggs discussed his new venture and artist.  "The night [Roc Nation co-founder Tyran Smith], played a preview of SAINt JHN's new album, I drove home listening to Collection One and had an immediate sonic connection to his music," Burke said.

The Roc-A-Fella cofounder also addressed his new company on Instagram, noting that it was his first time backing an artist since Kanye West nearly 20 years ago. "The last 2 projects I’ve done was College Dropout and Late Registration," he wrote. "After such a long time away I’ve decided to jump back in with someone who I believe will be equally as impactful and change the game and be a HUGE brand with the music being the core of the business. @saintjhn made the decision easy for me because it’s very rare you come across talent like his. I’m BACK!!!!"

SAINt JHN is a singer-songwriter and rapper. He has previously written songs for Usher, Jidenna, and others. He also released his first album under his current moniker in Mar. 2018, entitled Collection One.

Be on the look out for what's to come from Biggs' Circle of Success company and SAINt JHN.

 

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The last 2 projects I’ve done was College Dropout and Late registration. After such a long time away I’ve decided to jump back in with someone who I believe will be equally as impactful and change the game and be a HUGE brand with the music being the core of the business. @saintjhn made the decision easy for me because it’s very rare you come across talent like his. I’m BACK!!!! #circleofsuccess #management Full story in my bio...

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