Courtesy of Concord RecordsSaturday marks the two-year anniversary of Prince's death.
Mint Condition toured with Prince in 2010, and the group's lead singer Stokley toured with Prince's band The Revolution last year.
Stokely fondly recalls the precious times he spent with the late icon.
The "Be With U" singer tells ABC Radio, "[The Revolution] knew that Prince was a lover of my voice [and] Mint Condition, and...he took us on the road with them and [we had] done some great shows together at the [Los Angeles] Forum when we was out there, and in Carolina and out in France."
Stokley continues, "It was just these incredible shows... There was one night I remember...we'd do a song where I do this little lead with the piano and I'm doing this vocal thing at the end, [Prince] was like, 'Yeah, Stoke, would you leave me more notes for the rest of us out here?'"
Discussing Prince as if he were still alive, Stokley adds, "He has such a wealth of knowledge and just all this energy. Just, I mean he's never, he's always on. He's...fluid. He's like, input, output. That's how he is. That's how he creates so quickly."
Stokley says that if there's one thing he's learned from The Purple One, it's "to absolutely be yourself."
"The outside chatter, and everything like that, doesn't matter at the end of the day. 'Cause you can end up doing a bunch of things that you don't really believe in."
Universal MusicJ. Cole's latest album, KOD, is officially out now and now we know what the album title signifies.
Thursday, Cole told fans on Twitter that KOD actually has three meanings: Kids on Drugs, King Overdosed and Kill Our Demons.
"The rest of the album I leave to your interpretation," he adds.
As previously reported, the artwork for KOD shows a picture of a king wearing a crown and robe; under the robe, we see several skeletons, and children who are indulging in a variety of illicit substances, as well as stand-alone images of said illicit substances.
J. Cole surprised fans Monday with news about the release of KOD. The studio project follows his 2016 release, 4 Your Eyez Only.
As previously noted, there's only one featured artist on KOD, an unknown named kiLL edward.
Music journalist and photographer Andres Tardio speculated on Twitter that Edward is J. Cole's alter ego.
"This year, an artist named kiLL edward released a song called 'Tidal Wave (just a little reference).' Guess what? Voice is strikingly similar to Cole's," he wrote.
Atlantic RecordsJanelle Monae's forthcoming album Dirty Computer arrives April 27, but the singer has plan to drop a 44-minute short film -- which she calls an "emotion picture" -- the day before its release.
According to Billboard, fans will be able to watch Janelle's film, called Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture, exclusively on MTV and BET channels worldwide on April 26.
She tells the publication, "I'm always trying to expand out from the stereo speakers and tell stories visually and in different ways."
She also explains the concept behind the film: "Dirty Computer is a near-future story about a citizen who finds love and danger in a totalitarian society. She's an outlaw because she's being herself."
She adds, "Overall, I want to reflect what's happening in the streets right now, and what might happen tomorrow if we don't band together and fight for love."
Monae released the trailer for Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture in February.
Her heart-pounding music videos for “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane" are expected to be included in the short film.
Thor actress Tessa Thompson, who fans may remember from the trailer and from Janelle's music video for "Pynk", co-stars with the singer in Dirty Computer.
Dirty Computer is the follow-up to Monae’s 2013 CD, The Electric Lady.
George Pimentel/WireImageIt's safe to say Stevie Wonder is a Scandal fan. That Stevie Wonder song you heard over the final minutes of Thursday night's series finale was unfamiliar for a reason: he custom-wrote it for the ABC political soap -- and even show creator and producer Shonda Rhimes didn't know about until the very last minute.
Rhimes revealed how it came about during her appearance with Scandal star Kerry Washington on Thursday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Rhimes said, in response to Jimmy Kimmel's question, that she'd been putting the finishing touches on the finale fewer than 12 hours prior to the broadcast. The reason: "We were so blessed that we got to get a special song written by Stevie Wonder," Rhimes said, explaining that Wonder was "inspired by Scandal" to write the song, and only let Rhimes know about it at the last minute. Producers were working until literally hours before the finale's scheduled broadcast to incorporate the song.
"Getting to talk to Stevie Wonder on the phone it's pretty amazing," Rhimes said. "Getting to talk to Stevie Wonder on the phone when he puts down the phone and says, 'Hold on,' and then starts playing music is a life-changing experience."
Not long after the episode aired on the West Coast, and after her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Rhimes shared a simple tweet: "Bless you, @StevieWonder," she wrote.
There's not a lot of info on the song, including its title, but the chorus to the trademark Wonder funky groove goes, "The voice inside of me/Said it was time to get out of my own way/So I made my own decision/My assignment here is done/And I won't let you come and rain on my future sunny days."
So maybe the song's title is "Sunny Days?" Hopefully, we'll find out soon. Even better, here's hoping the song's released as a single.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013The two-year anniversary of Prince's death is Saturday, April 21.
In honor of the late music icon, Vogue has posted several articles on its website about the musician's legacy, including a touching video compilation in which celebrities share their memories of The Purple One.
In the video, rapper Eve recalls, "I got a phone call from my manager years ago saying 'Prince wants to meet you at the studio,' and I was like, 'Stop lying.' And it was true."
She continues, "It was...in New York and it was at Electric Lady Studios. He walked in and my first thought was, 'He's so beautiful. What the hell!'"
Roots drummer Questlove remembers, "Prince was playing an after show gig and I guess he wasn't used to seeing me in a suit. I walked in and he saw me in a suit for the first time. He's like, 'Brotha! You looking sharp!' And then he reached in his pocket and he tipped me fifty dollars for looking sharp."
Chaka Khan, who scored a hit with the Prince-penned song "I Feel for You," recalls, "You know, he was an insomniac. But he had no time signature. I went bowling [with him] once at two o'clock in the morning, [we would] go see movies at three, four in the morning."
Prince's collaborator Sheila E. remembers, "We loved competing against each other about who was dressed the best."
Prince died on April 21, 2016 at at age 57 of an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.
It was reported Thursday that no criminal charges will be filed in connection with his death, and that the investigation has been closed.
ABC/Randy HolmesJAY-Z's docu-series, Time: The Kalief BrowderStory, has won a prestigious Peabody Award.
Time was selected as one of nine winning documentaries in total.
The six-episode series, which debuted on Spike TV last year, focused on the story of Kalief Browder, a former Bronx High School student who was incarcerated for three years on Rikers Island for allegedly stealing a backpack.
After surveillance footage of Browder being assaulted by fellow inmates and an officer was publicized via The New Yorker, JAY-Z met with the young man.
Browder was released in 2013 after the charges were dropped, but took his own life in 2015.
As previously reported, the "4:44" rapper is also working on another docu-series based on Trayvon Martin's life, titled Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.
Co-executive produced by JAY, the series will be based on Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, a book by Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
Like the book, the six-part doc will examine the life and legacy of Trayvon and the events that followed his death. Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story is set to air in July.
Time: The Kalief Browder Story is available to watch now on Netflix.
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CoachellaFans who are lucky enough to have tickets to see Beyoncé's second Coachella performance this weekend will be enjoying a slightly different show than the one audiences saw during the first weekend.
One of Bey's dancers, Jo'Artis Mijo Ratti, tells Variety, "Yeah, we're switching up a couple things, so there could still be a wow factor."
Ratti also talks about the preparation that went into the icon's historic Coachella appearance.
"You can always tell when someone is prepared. We did like 10-to-14 hour days. Some jobs you might chill -- craft services, read a book, hop on your phone -- for a couple hours, but not while we were there [with Beyoncé]," he says.
Ratti continues, "We were getting put to use with ideas, fitting, wardrobe, video blocking. It could be really overwhelming, but luckily, it wasn't my first rodeo."
He also says that Bey's hubby JAY-Z was there for Coachella rehearsals, adding, "I never thought that I would be at rehearsals busting a move, and JAY-Z is out here hyping me up."
As for Beyoncé herself, Ratti says that she was "like an auntie" during the whole rehearsal process.
He also describes the celebrity as "super-kind and very particular about what she wants."
"It made me do even better because I understand that she's a real artist," he reveals.
"She's not just letting somebody take over her vision."
Beyoncé is the first black women to headline Coachella.
She's scheduled to return for her second performance at the music festival Saturday, April 21.
Sadly, unlike her previous Coachella appearance, Variety reports that that this weekend's performance will not be available for fans to livestream.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013)Thursday's announcement that the investigation into Prince's death has been closed reminds us of what we've lost. But on the same day, we're also getting a reminder of what a gifted talent he was, with the release of the original recording of one of his best-known songs.
Prince's estate has shared a previously unreleased studio version of Prince performing "Nothing Compares 2 U," recorded in 1984 at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse rehearsal space in Eden Prairie, Minnesota -- that's where Prince and his band rehearsed for the Purple Rain tour, which began that year. Even better, there's a video to go with it, featuring previously unseen footage of Prince rehearsing dance steps with The Revolution for the tour.
"Nothing Compares 2 U" of course became a monster hit for Sinead O'Connor in 1990, and Prince himself didn't begin performing the song live until after that. You can download or stream his new studio version now at most major digital retailers. It's also be available on standard vinyl or picture disc, along with a "Nothing Compares 2 U" tee-shirt, denim jacket or both, at the official Prince HitNRun store. You'll be able to buy the standard vinyl version everywhere beginning May 25.
Prince's estate has also launched a new, interactive website dubbed Prince2Me. Visitors can choose five words, images or a combination of both to create a message that declares what Prince means to you, though you'll have to register with the website to share your composition with others.
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CoachellaThe love Beyoncé gets from her BeyHive never fails to impress.
A Bey fan namedBrianna Bundick-Kelly, known as "Briyonce" on Twitter, posted a video of herself dancing flawlessly to the choreography from the singer's breathtaking Coachella performance this past weekend.
Viewing the split screen she posted of her moves alongside Beyoncé's, it's seasy to see that Briyonce barely missed a step.
Her video's earned her over 240,000 likes and more than 62,000 retweets on Twitter.
"If you thought I was about to sit here, learn choreo & dance like I'm one of Beyoncé's backup dancers ... YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! #BeyChella," Bundick-Kelly wrote.
Beyoncé made history with her Coachella performance as the first black woman to headline the popular music festival.
She was forced to cancel her appearance last year when she announced she was expecting twins with husband JAY-Z. Her friend Lady Gaga stepped in for her.
During her appearance on Saturday night, Bey reunited with Destiny's Child, performed a dance break with her sister Solange and shared the stage with her hubby JAY-Z, performing their duet, "Crazy in Love."
According to social media analytics firm Talkwalker, Beyoncé's Coachella concert earned 2.8 million social mentions.
It's the most viewed Coachella performance ever on YouTube, and the most-viewed live music festival performance, period, on YouTube.
458,000 simultaneous global viewers tuned in to watch Bey in action.
Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.comNo criminal charges will be filed in Prince's overdose death and the investigation has been closed, officials revealed during a press conference Thursday.
Speaking at the Carver County, Minnesota Justice Center in Chaska, county attorney Mark Metz said Prince thought he was taking the painkiller Vicodin, for which he did not have a prescription, and was unaware he was actually taking counterfeit pills that had been illegally laced with the prescription painkiller fentanyl, which is some 50 times more powerful than heroin.
Despite an "intensive investigation," Metz said officials were unable to determine who provided Prince with the drugs that killed him, and so were ending their investigation.
The announcement comes just two days before the two-year anniversary of Prince's death on April 21. 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park residence and studios in Chanhassen, located in Carver County, about a half-hour southwest of Minneapolis. Six weeks later, his cause of death was ruled to be a fentanyl overdose.
Earlier Thursday, Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg agreed to pay a $30,000 civil fine and submit to two years' monitoring by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Investigative records unsealed in April of 2017 revealed Schulenberg allegedly prescribed oxycodone for Prince but put the prescription in the name of the artist's longtime friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy.” He was consequently facing alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
Both officials and Schulenberg noted that the settlement isn't an admission of liability. Federal officials also noted they "did not make any concessions regarding the legitimacy of the claims."
Peter Hapak for TIMETIME magazine's Most Influential People list this year includes two chart-topping artists fans just can't get enough of these days: Rihanna and Cardi B.
In the issue, RiRi and Cardi are each the subject of an essay written by a fellow star.
"Hello" singer Adele wrote her thoughts about Rihanna, noting, "I actually can't remember the first time I met Rihanna; I was probably numb from the shock of it."
The British pop superstar then describes Rihanna as "the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon," adding, "She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after....she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever."
Empire actress Taraji P. Henson takes the reigns to write about Cardi, saying that she relates to the Grammy-nominated rapper.
"When you are cool with who you are, no one can use it against you. I identify with Cardi B, because she knows that too...she talked openly about being a former stripper. And she was proud of it -- like, 'So what, I was on the pole, look what I parlayed that into,'" writes Henson. "When she showed her soul like that, I hit the 'Follow' button."
The Empire star adds, "When her mixtape came out, I thought, 'That's it. She found it! She's clear on her talent, and she's not trying to get in anybody's else's lane.'"
"She recorded 'Bodak Yellow' because it's what she loved. Now she's the biggest thing in music."
"Cardi B's here to stay, baby, and I'm happy to be a witness."
Other big names who made the list include Oprah Winfrey, Tiffany Haddish, Issa Rae, Chadwick Boseman and NBA superstar Kevin Durant.
Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe doctor who wrote painkiller prescriptions for Prince's drummer, despite allegedly knowing the drugs would actually be taken by Prince, has agreed to a civil settlement with federal investigators.
Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg has agreed to pay a $30,000 civil fine and will be monitored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for two years, according to United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker.
In a statement provided to ABC News, Schulenberg's attorney says his client agreed to settle "alleged civil claims in order to avoid the expense, delay, and unknown outcome of litigation." Schulenberg was facing alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
Investigative records unsealed in April of 2017 revealed Schulenberg allegedly prescribed oxycodone for Prince but put the prescription in the name of the artist's longtime friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy.”
Schulenberg's attorney statement also declares: "The United States Attorneys’ Office for the District of Minnesota has confirmed that he is not a target in any criminal inquiry and there have been no allegations made by the Government that Dr. Schulenberg had any role in Prince’s death. Dr. Schulenberg affirms his previous statement that he did not prescribe opiates to any patient with the intention that they be given to Prince."
"After he learned of Prince’s addiction, [Schulenberg] immediately worked to refer Prince to a treatment facility and to transfer care to a chemical dependency specialist," the statement says.
The agreement was revealed fewer than two hours before a scheduled news conference during which Carver County, MN officials are expected to announce what, if any, criminal charges will be brought in Prince's death, and against whom.
Prince died April 21, 2016 at age 57 of an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Where Prince obtained the fentanyl is still apparently unknown.
Sum of My Music was released in March. Jussie says in a statement that with his debut album, he "released just a piece of who I am."
"Now that people have heard it, felt it and had a chance to vibe with it, I want to bring the love directly to the people. I can't wait to perform for you," he adds.
"Music has always been my heart. Something I can always and will always create."
Tuesday, Jussie unveiled the music video for his third single "Hurt People."
The visual, shot in South Africa, was inspired by late political leader Nelson Mandela and shows Jussie and an all-black South African labor force leading a revolution, all in the name of love.
Here's the list of Jussie's Sum of My Music tour dates:
4/20 -- Dubai, United Arba Emirates, Gotha Club 5/7 -- Cologne, Germany, Luxor 5/8 -- Frankfurt, Germany, Zoom 5/9 -- Berlin, Germany, Lido 5/10 -- Cannes, France, VIP Room 5/17 -- Oakland, CA, Complex 5/19 -- Long Beach, CA, Long Beach Pride Festival 5/20 -- Santa Ana, CA, Constellation Room 5/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Roxy 5/25 -- Philadelphia, PA, Coda 5/26 -- Washington, DC, U Street 5/27 -- New York, NY, SOB's 5/29 -- Atlanta, GA, The Masquerade (Hell) 6/1 -- Houston, TX, Satellite Bar 6/2 -- Austin, TX, Empire Control Room 6/3 -- Dallas, TX, Deep Ellum Art Co 6/5 -- St. Louis, MI, Old Rock House 6/8 -- Cleveland, OH, Grog Shop 6/9 -- Milwaukee, WI, Milwaukee Pride Festival 6/10 -- Chicago, IL, Subterranean 6/12 -- Detroit, MI, El Club 7/7 -- New Orleans, LA, Essence Festival
Courtesy of MTVWith the success of MTV's TRL reboot, the network has decided to revive another classic MTV staple: the pioneering hip-hop show Yo! MTV Raps.
The network announced on Wednesday that it's throwing an epic hip-hop concert on June 1 in celebration of the original show's 30th Anniversary.
The event, entitled Yo! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience, will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, with an impressive line-up that includes some of the notable stars who were featured on the series.
The lineup includes Daddy Kane and the Juice Crew, Eric B. and Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, KRS-Oneand Boogie Down Productions, EPMD, Flavor Flav, Melle Mel & The Furious Five, the Pharcyde, Brand Nubian, Nice And Smooth, Onyx, Black Sheep, Das EFX, Special Ed, Yo-Yo, Kid Capri, and Young Black Teenagers.
Hosts from the series will also be present, including the legendary Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, and T-Mone and DJs Skribble, Red Alert, and Chuck Chillout.
The event, which will be livestreamed on MTV, will also include special tribute videos from Eminem, Method Man, Redman, and more.
Tickets to the Yo! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience show go on sale this Saturday, April 21 at noon ET.