TLC to Headline ‘I Love the 90s: The Party Continues Tour’ this Summer

Photo credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images

TLC will take fans on a trip to Memory Lane this summer. The legendary R&B group will headline I Love the 90s: The Party Continues Tour  with special guests Montell Jordan, Blackstreet, Color Me Badd and more.

The tour will kick off on July 7 in Everett, Wash and will hit major cities including Los Angeles, Houston and New Orleans, before wrapping up on September 16 in Chicago.

“We’re so excited to get back on the road this summer and give our fans some new TLC music along with our original hits,” said T-Boz and Chilli. “Being able to headline this tour with our friends and peers from the ’90s is SO AMAZING!”

This summer will be an exciting time for TLC fans. In addition to the tour, TLC will also release their Kickstarter-funded album in late June. Their manager Bill Diggins confirmed the news in an update via Kickstarter.

“I am thrilled to let you know that the album is tentatively scheduled to be released at the end of June and you will receive your advance album prior to that,” he wrote. “We are working out the official date in the next couple of weeks and once it is final we will notify you.”

I Love the 90s Tour Dates

Jul. 7  – Everett, WA – The XFINITY Arena at Everett
Jul. 8– Abbotsford, BC, Canada – Abbotsford Centre
Jul. 14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
Jul. 15 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Jul. 16 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphithéâtre
Jul. 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Jul. 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Jul. 23 – Tucson, AZ – AVA Amphitheater – Casino Del Sol Resort
Jul. 28 – Cedar Park, TX – HEB Center at Cedar Park
Jul. 29 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Jul. 30 – Houston, TX – NRG Arena
Aug. 2 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino
Aug. 4 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
Aug. 5 – Maplewood, MN – Myth Live Event Center (Outdoors)
Aug. 6 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 8 – Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion
Aug. 10 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Theater
Aug. 11 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Aug. 12 – Anderson, IN – Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
Aug. 25– Essex Junction, VT – Champlain Valley Fair
Aug. 26 – Big Flats, NY – Tag’s Summer Soundstage
Aug. 27 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion
Sep. 1 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Sep. 2 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Sep. 3 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
Sep. 8 – Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center
Sep. 9– Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
Sep. 10 – New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena
Sep. 15 – St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena
Sep. 16 – Chicago, IL – Ravinia Festival

Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m. via ilovethe90stour.com.

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LeToya Luckett and Demetria McKinney Tapped for ‘Set It Off’ Stage Play

Over twenty years after its release, Set It Off will be adapted as a stage play. R&B stars LeToya Luckett and Demetria have been cast in the live rendition of the film, along with rapper Da Brat and actress Kyla Pratt.

Luckett will play Francesca “Frankie” Sutton (originally played by Vivica A. Fox). The former Destiny’s Child member went on Instagram to express her excitement about her new role. “Anybody knows me knows that set it off is one of my movies of all time,” Luckett said.

McKinney, who has been cast as Tisean “T.T.” Williams, wrote on Instagram “Y’all know the movie was a ride and this will be no different!”

The stage play is written, directed and produced by Je’Caryous Johnson. “Without a doubt, this will be one of the greatest stage plays ever seen in the urban theatre market,” said Johnson. “From the type of action and to the movement on stage, it will be nothing short of jaw-dropping. This will be the first piece of my career that will stretch me to the limits of what can be done and seen by our urban audience. I will be recreating the same intensity, same passion and same shock and awe, breathtaking moments that made this movie resonate with millions of people.”

Set It Off will hit several cities across the U.S. including Atlanta, D.C., Houston, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit and Los Angeles. For more details on the tour dates, visit jecaryous.com.

Both Luckett and McKinney released projects last year. Luckett ended her six-year hiatus with her album, Back 2 Love. McKinney finally dropped her debut album, Officially Yours. 

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Janelle Monáe Announces New Album ‘Dirty Computer’

So much for McAfee virus protection. Janelle Monáe plans to corrupt hard drives everywhere with the release of her highly-awaited fourth studio album, Dirty Computer, this year. In anticipation of this moment, Monáe has released an online trailer for the project.

In typical Monáe fashion, she uses the 30-second album announcement to push the artistic envelope with striking images. From the police arming a women to the “PrimeTime” singer kissing her rumored love interest (Tessa Thompson), the ultramodern visual has fans wanting more.

Monáe’s captivating voice plays in the clip’s background. “They drained us of our dirt and all the things that made us special. And then you were lost, sleeping, and you didn’t remember anything at all.”

Dirty Computer will be Monáe’s first studio album as a solo artist since 2013’s The Electric Lady, which generated rave reviews.

Watch the bold Dirty Computer trailer below.

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Sade, Kehlani and Chloe x Halle Tapped for ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Soundtrack

After an eight-year hiatus, we will finally hear new music from the legendary Sade. The “Smooth Operator” has been enlisted for the A Wrinkle in Time movie soundtrack on a song titled “Flower of the Universe.”  Ava DuVernay, who directed the film and produced the soundtrack, broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday.

“I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway,’ DuVerynay tweeted. “She was kind + giving. A goddess. We began a journey together that I’ll never forget. Proud to announce that Sade has created an original song for WRINKLE IN TIME. It’s entitled ‘Flower of the Universe.’ And it’s a dream come true.”

The soundtrack includes two versions of “Flower of the Universe” performed by Sade, one of which is a remix by No I.D. She co-wrote and co-produced the track with Ben Travers and Andrew Hale. This is Sade’s second original song contribution to a soundtrack following 1986’s Absolute Beginners.

Singer-songwriter Kehlani was also booked for the soundtrack on a song called “Let Me Live.” Also included is “Warrior,” written and performed by sisters Chloe x Halle. The duo is signed to Beyoncé’s label Parkwood Entertainment.

Speaking about the artists and composer, DuVernay said: “Each song on the Wrinkle in Time soundtrack was crafted with great care in close collaboration with the artists. My creative partnership with Sade on ‘Flower of the Universe’ was so connected that I reverse engineered the usual process and used her lyrics as actual dialogue within the film.

She added, “I truly loved working with DJ Khaled who jumped into this project with open arms and an open heart, along with the great Demi Lovato. Sia, Kehlani and Chloe x Halle beautifully embraced the visuals of the film to create distinct songs that expand and elevate Meg’s heroic journey. And working with Ramin Djawadi was a dream come true as I have been a long-time admirer of his stellar work. His musical compositions for the film are perfectly otherworldly.”

The soundtrack will release digitally on March 9, which is also the same day the film premieres in theaters.

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

A Wrinkle in Time Track List
1. “Flower of the Universe (No I.D. Remix)” Performed by Sade
2. “I Believe” Performed by DJ Khaled Featuring Demi Lovato
3. “Magic” Performed by Sia
4. “Let Me Live” Performed by Kehlani
5. “Warrior” Performed by Chloe x Halle
6. “Park Bench People” Performed by Freestyle Fellowship
7. “Flower of the Universe” Performed by Sade
Score by Ramin Djawadi
8. “A Wrinkle in Time”
9. “Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which”
10. “Darkness Across the Universe”
11. “Touch the Stars”
12. “Happy Medium”
13. “Camazotz”
14. “Home”
15. “Uriel”
16. “Is This a Dream?”
17. “Forgive Me”
18. “Be a Warrior”
19. “Tap Into Your Mind”
20. “Tesseract”
21. “Sorry I’m Late”
22. “The Universe Is Within All of Us”

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