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Janet Jackson's Las Vegas Residency Will Show Everyone How To Put On A Real Show

Titled "Metamorphosis" the music icon's show is also a special celebration of the 30th anniversary of Rhythm Nation. 

Janet Jackson has announced her first Las Vegas residence with a special twist.

On Tuesday (Feb. 26) the global music icon revealed details behind the stint at Park Theater at Park MGM officially titled, "Metamorphosis." In a press release, the show promises not to be like her past centerpieces as Metamorphosis will "peel back the layers of the immensely private life of Janet Jackson, sharing her transformation from a young girl with issues of self-esteem to global icon."

Most importantly, Ms. Jackson will sing some deep cuts for her day ones. In addition to a whole new groove, the show will go back in time to celebrate the 30th year anniversary of her classic album, Rhythm Nation.

The "Metamorphosis" show will kick off in May with select dates from May 17 to May 26. It will continue with select dates in July and August. Members of Janet’s fan club will receive access to an exclusive presale beginning Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. PST. Those who have Citibank cards can purchase tickets two hours later. Tickets for the general public will go on sale March 2 for $79 a piece. 

The youngest member of the iconic Jackson family follows in the footsteps of other pop greats such as Britney Spears and Mariah Carey, who have had Las Vegas residencies in past years.

The full tour dates can be found below.

May 2019: 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26

July 2019: 24, 26, 27, 31

August 2019: 2, 3, 7, 9, 10

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“Young n***a stickin' to the code, 'cause I don't condone snitching,” Kodak spits on the track. “I ain't going out like that rapper, I don't do no tippin’…”

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The United States' problem with gun violence has become one of its most daunting concerns, with statistics from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation stating that the country had 4.43 deaths due to gun violence for every 100,000 people in 2017. It's become so commonplace that many have become desensitized, but Los Angeles' duo I DO hopes to keep conversation around the topic alive in the new video for their song "Tears."

The Hector Felix-directed video illustrates three instances of gun violence: an argument between three men that ends up with a mother grieving the loss of her son, a white police officer who pulls over a car with two unarmed black men and shoots one of them, and a mass shooter who opens fire at a concert. The video also attempts to humanize immigrants. The song, performed by I DO – the duo of vocalist J. Lauryn and producer Trackdilla – is just as mournful. "How many times will it take for us to see freedom? Too many bodies on the floor," J. Lauryn sings.

“We hope 'Tears' is a song that connects with anyone who has lost a loved one or friend to gun violence,” I DO told VIBE in a shared statement. "'Tears' is a song with a message. A message that many are trying to push. How many voices does it take for change to happen?”

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Ari Lennox To Release Debut Album In May

Fans of singer-songwriter Ari Lennox can finally relax. The singer's debut album will be arriving the first week of May.

The "Whipped Cream" singer confirmed the release on Twitter Friday (April 12), while reacting to multiple dates of her Shea Butter Baby Tour selling out in a matter of hours. The singer has wrapped her melodic vocals around R&B lately with the release of the charting single, "Whipped Cream" as well as her standout verses on "Shea Butter Baby" with J.Cole.

Lennox has been signed to Cole's Dreamville Imprint since 2015 and released her label debut EP, PHO in 2016. Singles like "Backseat" featuring labelmate Cozz and "GOAT" were faves among critics as well as her soulful peers like Anderson .Paak.

After a successful set at J.Cole's Dreamville Festival last weekend, the singer is ready to embark on her upcoming Shae Butter Baby Tour. More importantly, she's ready to release her style of R&B flair to the masses.  “I just pray I can bring this sort of music back to a more mainstream level,” Lennox told Billboard for their latest issue. “These vibes can heal a lot of people.”

Shortly after the release of "Whipped Cream," the singer dropped a few loose singles like "Grampa," "Pedigree" and the sultry, "40 Shades Of Choke."

Check out the dates and get into these jams by Ari Lennox below.

 

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Excited to announce that @babyrosemusic @MikhalaJene and @rongilmorejr will be joining me on tour!! ❤️Also — New #SheaButterBaby tour info: LA and Santa Cruz have new dates (5.16 & 5.18); We’ve moved to bigger rooms in LA, NOLA, ATL, and the CHI; Charlotte & Toronto have been added as well as a 2nd NYC show. Tix on sale at 10AM • NYC on sale at 12PM! 👧🏾👶🏾

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May 12 – Phoenix, AZ

May 13 – Santa Ana, CA

May 15 – Los Angeles, CA

May 16 – Santa Cruz

May 17 – Oakland, CA

May 21 – Denver, CO

May 24 – Dallas, TX

May 25 – Houston, TX

May 26 – New Orleans, LA

May 28 – Orlando, FL

May 29 – Atlanta, GA

May 31 – Virginia Beach, FL

June 1 – Roots Picnic

June 2 – Baltimore, MD

June 4 – New York, NY

June 5 – Boston, MA

June 7 – Grand Rapids, MI

June 9 – Chicago, IL

June 10 – Detroit, MI

June 11 – Cleveland, OH

June 14 – Washington, D.C.

 

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