2015 Essence Festival Performance Lineup Announced

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The 2015 ESSENCE Festival has revealed its first round of performers. Set to take place at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans from July 2-5, over 40 artists will perform across five stages.

This year’s performers include Mary J. Blige, India.Arie, Trombone Shorty, Floetry, Erykah Badu, Elle Varner, Esperanza Spalding, Kelly Price, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses, Avery*Sunshine, Kindred The Family Soul, Goapele, Robert Glasper, Tweet, Jeff Bradshaw, Bilal and Tank & The Bangas.

More performers will be announced at a later date.

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Justine Skye Announces Debut Album ‘Ultraviolet’

With three EPs and a handful of one-off singles under her belt, Justine is finally ready to deliver her debut album. The project is titled Ultraviolet and is set to release on January 19, 2018 via Roc Nation. It will include her previously released songs “U Don’t Know” featuring Wiz Kid, “Back For More” featuring Jeremih and “Don’t Think About It.”

Skye took over Apple Music’s official Instagram account to announce the exciting news and to share a few details about the project. She revealed she collaborated with PARTYNEXTDOOR on a song called “Good Love,” which will be out on Friday.

“It was just dope working with PARTY because not only is he an amazing artist, he is a fire, fire songwriter and very passionate about the projects he works on,” she said.

The Brooklyn native also mentioned track seven, “Heaven,” is the most personal to her. “‘Heaven’ I feel like is the most vulnerable song on the album,” Skye said. “I did this song with Prince Charlez and Fred Ball who did ‘Love on the Brain’ with Rihanna.”

Ultraviolet will be on pre-order starting Friday (Dec. 8). Fans who pre-order the album will get an instant download of Skye’s new track “Goodlove.”

Ultraviolet Track List
1. Wasteland
2. Goodlove
3. U Don’t Know feat. Wiz Kid
4. Back For More feat. Jeremih
5. Don’t Think About It
6. You Got Me
7. Heaven
8. Push Ya
9. Lil Boy
10. Ultraviolet

Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound’ Film with Tracee Ellis Ross

Mary J. Blige visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night to promote her role in the Netflix film, Mudbound.

The 46-year-old singer shared tons of laughs with guest host Tracee Ellis Ross, as she answered random questions on whether she prefers a window seat or aisle seat on flights, if she ever Googles herself and her favorite superhero.

Following the icebreakers, Blige switched gears and discussed her role in Mudbound. “It’s really a powerful film and there is a happy ending,” she said. “It’s a very relative story to today as well because a lot of people don’t seem to get the memo that we are free. We’re all free. All nationalities. We’re free.”

Blige also talked about the 25th anniversary of her debut album What’s the 411? She recalled her early memories of coming to Hollywood that era. “Then I came back to shoot the “I’m Going Down” video for the My Life album,” said Blige.

Watch the hilarious interview below.

Ty Dolla $ign Announces ‘Don’t Judge Me Tour’

After releasing his new album Beach House 3 in October, Ty Dolla $ign is ready to hit the road. The West Coast artist has announced his Don’t Judge Me Tour that is scheduled to begin on February 21, 2018 in Santa Ana, Calif. He will travel across 35 cities in North America, including Chicago, D.C, Detroit, New York, Toronto and Vancouver, to name a few. Rapper Big Krit will join him as the special guest at four stops.

Spotify pre-sales begin Thursday, December 7 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT while local pre-sales begin Thursday, December 7 at 10 a.m. local. All remaining tickets released to the general public on Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m. local. For complete details, and ticket information, please visit dollasignworld.com.

Ty Dolla $ign Don’t Judge Me Tour Dates
Feb. 21 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Feb. 22 – San Luis Obispo, CA – The Fremont Theater
Feb. 23 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Feb. 24 – Berkley, CA – The UC Theatre
Feb. 25 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Feb. 27 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb. 28 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
March 1 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
March 2 – Las Vegas, NV – Drais
March 3 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
March 4 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
March 7 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
March 8 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
March 9 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 10 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
March 11 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
March 14 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
March 16 – Reading, PA – Reverb
March 17 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
March 18 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
March 20 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
March 21 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
March 22 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring *
March 23 – Morgantown, VA – Mainstage Morgantown
March 24 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva *
March 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz *
March 27 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *
March 28 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage)
March 29 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
March 31 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
April 1 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
April 3 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
April 4 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
April 5 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

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