The Weeknd Cuts Ties with H&M Following Racist Ad

The Weeknd has ended his partnership with clothing store H&M, after a controversial ad featuring a black child wearing a hoodie that read “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” appeared on the company’s website.

“Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. I’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore,” The Weeknd tweeted on Monday afternoon.

After feeling the burn from all the backlash, the retailer released a cookie cutter statement. “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top,” H&M said. “The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Janine Announces Release Date for Debut Album ’99’, Shares ‘Too Late’ Video

Emerging artist Janine has announced her debut album, 99, will release on May 25 via Atlantic Records. The singer revealed the exciting news on Twitter.

“Ohh and I have an announcement to make… GUESS WHAT?! MY ALBUM “99” COMES OUT EVERYWHERE NEXT MONTH ON MAY 25TH!,” she shared.

Janine recently wrapped up her first headlining tour Before It’s Too Late. “This tour has been the most incredible ride & I can’t wait to get back out on the road. Thank you for making this the best time of my life,” she said on social media.

She also released an accompanying visual for her latest single “Too Late,” which she shot in London. The song is expected to appear on 99. Previously released songs “Never the Right Time” and “Unstable” could appear on the debut LP as well, but we won’t know until she shares the official track list.

Jorja Smith Announces Debut Album ‘Lost & Found’

It’s about time. After several major features with hip-hop biggest stars (Drake, Kendrick Lamar), rising singer Jorja Smith has announced her debut album, Lost & Found, will arrive on June 8.

Smith will enjoy the spotlight alone on Lost & Found as there are no features on the project, which includes “Teenage Fantasy” and “Blue Lights.” She performed the latter song along with “On My Mind” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week.

Lost & Found Track List
1. “Lost & Found”
2. “Teenage Fantasy”
3. “Where Did I Go?”
4. “February 3rd”
5. “On Your Own”
6. “The One”
7. “Wandering Romance”
8. “Blue Lights”
9. “Lifeboats (Freestyle)”
10. “Goodbyes”
11. “Tomorrow”
12. “Don’t Watch Me Cry”

Pre-order Smith’s Lost & Found today.

 

Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots to Headline Smokin’ Grooves Festival

The performance lineup for the Smokin’ Grooves Festival has been announced. Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots are set to headline the event, which takes plance on June 16 at The Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Other artists on the bill include Jhene Aiko, NxWorries (Anderson Paak + Knxwledge), H.E.R., Majid Jordan, dvsn, Tiara Thomas, Lion Babe, Arin Ray, Ravyn Lenae, Omarion and THEY, to name a few.

While Badu doesn’t have a new project out, fans will be expecting to hear her classic records. Miguel and Jhené Aiko will promote their latest albums. The latter artist released her  sophomore album Trip last September, while Miguel delivered his third album, War & Leisure, in December.

Tickets are on sale now at smokingroovesfest.com.

See the complete Smokin’ Grooves lineup below.

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