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JAY-Z Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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JAY-Z has made history once again.

The 23-time Grammy Award winner, 51, became the first living solo rap artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during Saturday evening’s induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Thank you, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for this incredible honor. And you know, growing up, we didn’t think we could be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We were told that hip-hop was a fad,” the rapper began his speech. “Much like punk rock, it gave us this anti-culture, this subgenre, and there were heroes in it.”

He thanked many in his speech, including his mom Gloria Carter, sister Annie, business partners Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith and Damon Dash, as well as the late Notorious B.I.G., while he reflected on his highly influential career and legacy as a rap artist and entrepreneur.

“When thinking about what I was going to say tonight, these heroes just kept coming to my mind, Rakim and Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One and Chuck D, and, of course, a fellow inductee, LL Cool J. I watch these guys, and they have big gold chains and leather and sometimes even the red, black, green medallions and whatever they wore, everybody would wear the next day. I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to be like those guys.’ And so I set out on my journey,” JAY-Z continued.

“Hopefully, I’m informing the next generation that anything is possible. I don’t know what’s next — In fact, I do know what’s next. I have to go to court Monday. There’s good and bad, life is about balance — But you know, tonight, we’re going to enjoy tonight. I appreciate this honor. Sorry for this long-ass speech, but I had to give it up. We did it, Brooklyn!” the father of three concluded.

JAY-Z was inducted by former President Barack Obama and Dave Chappelle, who continues to face backlash over his Netflix comedy special The Closer. “I would like to apologize. I’m just f— with you,” Chappelle, 48, started in his speech.

“It is an incredible honor to induct this next man into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” the comedian said. “But I need everybody in rock & roll to know, that even though you are honoring him, he is ours. He is hip-hop. Forever and ever, and a day.”

Obama, 60, who also received a shout-out in JAY-Z’s acceptance speech, noted that the rapper’s music has been influential for him in some of the most pivotal moments of his political career.

“I’ve turned to JAY-Z’s words at different points in my life, whether I was brushing dirt off my shoulder on the campaign trail, or sampling his lyrics on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 50th anniversary of the Selma march to Montgomery,” Obama said. “Today, JAY-Z is one of the most renowned artists in history and an embodiment of the American dream, a dream he has helped make real for other young people like him.”

The Roc Nation mogul’s induction was also prefaced by an A-list roster of celebrities paying tribute to the man of the hour, led by his wife Beyoncé, 40, and their 9½-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, each taking turns to recite their favorite JAY-Z lyrics.

The star-studded tribute video also included DJ Khaled, Sean Combs, Regina King, Lenny Kravitz, Dr. Dre, John Legend, Rashida Jones, Lena Waithe, Kevin Hart, Halle Berry, Questlove, Naomi Campbell, Aziz Ansari, Jamie Foxx, Trevor Noah, Kerry Washington, Chris Martin, Usher, Ed Sheeran, Rick Ross, Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, Lupita Nyong’o, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah, Jurnee Smollett, Chris Rock, Lin-Manuel Miranda, LeBron James, H.E.R., Alicia Keys, SZA, David Letterman and more.

“Thank you to everyone in that video package, I’m definitely gonna cry in the car,” the honoree later tweeted.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame first announced this year’s class of inductees in May, calling the honorees “the most diverse list of Inductees in the history of the organization.” Alongside JAY-Z and LL Cool J, the class of 2021 also included Tina Turner, Carole King, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s and Todd Rundgren.

An induction ceremony special is set to air on Nov. 20 and will be available to watch on HBO and HBO Max.

SOURCE: People

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Splash House Announces Dates for 10 Year Anniversary Season

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For the last ten years, Splash House has continually redefined the summer festival, fostering a boutique experience in the heart of Palm Springs, ahead of its time music curation, and devout community. In celebration of this milestone, Splash House 2023 returns this summer for its second triple-weekender season June 9-11, August 11-13, and August 18-20.

The event has evolved from a renegade poolside weekender into one of the most in-demand dance music festivals in North America, all the while retaining a distinct sense of style rooted in the culture and allure of Palm Springs. Vast desert landscapes and unique accommodations at the Renaissance, Margaritaville, and Saguaro Hotels converge with fashion-forward audiences and forward-thinking musical bookings to create a new way to experience the travel hotspot.

In turn, Splash House has attracted a new generation of travelers to the desert city, which saw an economic impact of $6.7M per weekend from the three event weekends alone in 2022.

Chairman of PS Resorts Aftab Dada said on Splash House’s decade-long role in driving youth travel in the area, “Splash House is a home grown and incredibly successful music event for the City of Palm Springs and our destination. It has revitalized tourism in our slow summer months and attracted a younger generation. The festival is proof that Palm Springs is a destination for all ages”.

Scott White, President & CEO of Visit Greater Palm Springs added, “Splash House was a game-changer 10 years ago, attracting new visitors to Greater Palm Springs during our Summer months. We are excited about their continued success and the important economic impact this event has on our community”.

It remains the ease and comfort of the Splash House experience that makes it a favorite amongst its dedicated followers. All packages come with festival passes, a three-night stay at any of the three host resorts, and shuttle transportation between venues. Guests can relax in the comfort of a poolside room or catch their favorite artists from the balcony before making their way down to the dance floor.

At night, attendees can experience After Hours programming at the Palm Springs Air Museum while enjoying an open-air dance floor and witnessing artists perform alongside historic aircrafts, all backdropped by the San Jacinto Mountains.

As a barometer for what’s next in electronic music, Splash House has hosted acts like RÜFÜS DU SOL, Flume, and Classixx before they hit the world’s stage, alongside global selectors like The Blessed Madonna, DJ Harvey, Dom Dolla, TOKiMONSTA, Kaytranada, and more.

Presale passes and hotel packages for all three weekends will be available to purchase on Thurs, February 9 at 12PM PT. Those interested can register for the presale now on their site. Check out all pass types and hotel package options on splashhouse.com. Alumni Access returners get first access at hotel packages and passes and can check their status on the website. GA passes start at $165 + fees and hotel packages start at $1,000 + fees. Guests must be 21+ in order to purchase.

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Dreamville/Interscope Records Exec Produce “CREED III” Soundtrack — “Ma Boy” by J.I.D & Lute Out Now

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Dreamville will executive produce the official soundtrack to CREED III alongside Proximity Media (Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis), Outlier Society (Michael B. Jordan) and Executive Music Producer Frank Brim. The acclaimed franchise’s third installment was directed by Michael B. Jordan and will feature music from artists within the Dreamville roster and beyond. At store turn tonight, fans will receive a taste of what to expect from the sonic world of CREED III with the release of brand-new track “Ma Boy” featuring Dreamville’s J.I.D and Lute. To listen to the explosive new collaboration later tonight, pre-save the link here: https://dreamville.lnk.to/MaBoy
Dreamville/Interscope Records worked closely with the franchise’s producers MGM, Proximity and Outlier to create a musical experience that fit not just the film’s needs but one that will be celebrated as its own piece of art — inspired by both the film and the coming together of various artists on a soundtrack that matches the film’s acclaim and impact on community and culture. The soundtrack will be released on March 3rd on Dreamville/Interscope Records alongside the film’s theatrical release.
Founded by Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum hip-hop artist J. Cole in 2007, the organization is home to Dreamville Records, a critically acclaimed and commercially successful record label distributed in partnership with Interscope Records. Dreamville Records is currently home to a variety of both established and up-and-coming music artists, including J Cole, J.I.D, Ari Lennox, Bas, EarthGang, Cozz, Lute, and Omen. Dreamville has now evolved into the modern multidisciplinary entertainment and media company, Dreamville Ventures, which serves as the parent company to the aforementioned record label, as well as Studios, Apparel, Impact, and Festival divisions. As a diversified cultural hub, Dreamville continues to cultivate and create music, content, live events, and fashion as well as compelling ad campaigns with the industry’s biggest brands.
Combining the legacies of three of the most influential record labels in modern music history, Interscope Geffen A&M embarked on a new tradition of musical achievement with its unification on January 1, 1999.  Headed by Chairman and CEO John Janick, Interscope Geffen A&M is a major force in global music, developing chart-topping artists across a wide range of musical genres. Interscope Geffen A&M is part of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company. www.interscope.com
 
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Attempted rape charge against Man Utd star Greenwood dropped

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Ne-Yo to pay ex-wife Crystal Renay nearly $2 million after finalizing divorce

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Missy Elliott makes history as first female hip-hop artist to be nominated in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Missy Elliott has made history after it was announced she will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (more…)

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Beyoncé ‘hopes to bring Renaissance tour to Ghana’ for rare Africa show

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Beyonce fans in Africa may not miss out on the Renaissance world tour entirely, as it’s claimed she’s in talks to bring the anticipated show to Ghana. (more…)

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