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Tuesday Music Truth

1.Prince just announced a European solo tour….

Hot off the live music press, the legendary Prince has just announced that he will embark on a solo acoustic European tour. Dubbed  Piano and a Microphone, the title seemingly fits because those are the only two things The Purple One will be sharing the stage with when he kicks things off in Vienna next Saturday night, Nov 21st. 

Not one to shy from doing things his way, The Guardian reported this past weekend that Prince invited a notepad full of European journalists to his 55,000-square-foot compound in Minneapolis to announce the upcoming spectacle, where he reportedly explained because of the fact he “rarely gets bad reviews,” he decided to gamble on a piano blessed stage set-up that will feel “more naked, more pure.” 

Just think, if the European leg does well (which it definitely will), you can be certain that it will only be a matter of time before he takes Piano and a Microphone stateside.

We can only hope. 

2.Cobra Starship has just called it quits….

After a decade of putting in that werk in the music industry and serving us with hits, “Good Girls Go Bad” and “You Make Me Feel,” Billboard is reporting that Cobra Starship has broken up. 

In a spill with the music industry bible, frontman Gabe Saporta broke tea mugs about it all, including on how he’s looking to shift into the business end of the industry and whether or not a Cobra Starship farewell tour could possibly happen over the next few months. 

“I’m not opposed to doing farewell shows, but for me right now, we don’t want to release anything that we just had, and have it be half-assed… For me it’s like, do it one hundred percent, or don’t do it,” Saporta spilled to the mag.

For the complete interview as well as the group’s final statement, check your Cobra Starship music life right here

3.Pharrell, Bruce Springsteen, Jill Scott and many, many more are taking the stage to perform for a powerful message…

In what just might be one of the biggest televised live music events ever, it’s been announced that A+E Networks and iHeartMedia will join forces for Shining a Light:A Concert for Progress on Race in America. The massive a two-hour benefit special will feature Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Zac Brown Band and Philly divas Jill Scott and P!nk, all of whom will be performing songs meant to inspire a constructive and respected dialogue about race relations in America. Plans for the anticipated event were set into motion after the horrific June killing of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.

“Race is … not an easy thing to talk about and sing about,” spilled Rob Sharenow, executive VP/GM of A&E and Lifetime. “The artists that are coming forward see it as a unique opportunity to engage in a conversation that’s often not talked about. It’s become more than a concert. Based on the artists’ reactions, particularly Pharrell, we’ve expanded it to include conversations on race in places all over the country where we bring people in the community together … with the artists to talk about their experiences. I don’t think anyone has ever attempted to put together something quite like this, on this scale.”

The event will film Nov. 18 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium and will air across six A+E Networks (A&E, Lifetime, History, H2, LMN and FYI), and iHeartMedia will support the concert across its radio stations and digital platforms. To get you ready for the event, DJ Allie Teilza has cooked up a special playlist of all the wonderful music artists below.

4.A three-year-old DJ just won South Africa’s Got Talent

In this music life, sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t. What I personally can’t believe is how incredible and mind-blowing DJ Arch Jnr is. Oh, and did I mention he’s just three-year-old and just became the youngest winner ever of South Africa’s Got Talent? 

The groovy little guy, whose career began at age two when his father (who is also a DJ) began posting clips of him behind the decks on YouTube, took home the reality show’s top prize this past Sunday night.  

If you’re looking for a little inspiration on this dreary Tuesday, watch Arch JR’s winning performance below–and you better put your music pearls on because you’re going to want to clutch them after you watch. 

5.Philly’s Questlove remembers Allen Toussaint….

In what is certainly sad news for the music industry, it’s been reported that soul and R&B legend Allen Toussaint died yesterday at the age of 77 following a concert in Madrid. Tributes from fellow musicians have already begun pouring in, including Philly’s own Questlove who also took the time to remember Toussaint’s eclectic influences and genius musicality.

The Philly DJ and drummer remembered the New Orleans legend in an Instagram essay that spanned Touissant’s Lee Dorsey years all the way up to Amerie’s “1 Thing”

“I can go on and on. Because his work goes on and on,” Mr. Questlove stated. said, “His work will now speak for itself.”

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Hump Day Music Truth

1.Carrie Underwood spills all in Cosmopolitan….

“Smoke Break” songstress Carrie Underwood is breaking music tea mugs in the December issue of Cosmopolitan, spilling about her married life and how she feels women in country music deserve more recognition. 

“When I go to vote for the Country Music Awards, I have to write in names — I can think of, like, three who are really active,” Underwood told Cosmo. “Women have to work harder to get half the recognition. I am one of the lucky ones.”

Ms. Underwood also shares that she’s still in wedded bliss with her husband, NHL star Mike Fisher. She adds, “Everyone is getting divorced. They’re dropping like flies! But we are good. It helped that we were both established before we were married. Neither of us could be like, ‘I didn’t know it would be like this!’”

Save the date–the December issue of Cosmo hits newsstands on Nov. 10.

2.Britney Spears is definitely working on her new album….

Could 2016 be the year of both Britney and Adele? 

Last night after much speculation, Britney Spears confirmed that she’s moving forward with a new album, in her own special way, of course.

Ms. Spears, who’s in the midst of her red-hot Piece of Me residency in Las Vegas, has been dropping glittery goose eggs recently that her ninth (!) album is the works, recently sharing a captionless photo of herself in the studio and also sharing a tweet, revealing that she’d finished recording vocals on one song along with using the cryptic hashtag “B9,” which we know certainly refers to the new set. 

3. There are really no words to describe this

No words. Just watch. It’s everything you’re hoping it is. 

4.The same can also be said for this DNCE video…

It’s also everything you’re hoping it would be. 

5.Eminem is keeping on to prove he’s a lyrical Genius….

Hot off the music truth press, Billboard is reporting that Eminem will be  investing in lyrics and annotation site, Genius, in a new partnership with the “Without Me” rapper and Shady Records. 

Joining an already A-list star roster of investors including Nas and Pharrell, Mr. Mathers will continue serving up his newly pressed tracks on the site. Genius will also act as the official lyrics engine for Eminem.com and all of Shady Records’ online contingencies. 

“Coming up we would always obsess over the lyrics from our favorite MCs. Picking everything apart, trying to get into their heads,” Eminem said in his official statement. “I still do that today and Genius helps to make it a worldwide conversation. Pretty amazing to me.”

Founded in 2009 by Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory, Brooklyn, NY based Genius continues to own its reputation in being the world’s largest source of song lyrics and crowd-pleasing music knowledge. Earlier this year, Genius tapped Marshall to provide some of his biggest hits including “Rap God,” “Stan” and “Lose Yourself,” alongside classic tracks by the Notorious B.I.G. and 50 Cent. 

With an out-of-this-world monthly reach of more than 40 million customers, Genius has expanded since its humble beginnings as Rap Genius, which was a website dedicated to annotating hip-hop lyrics. The site has also garnered nearly $60 million in investments since 2011, with that figure only expected to grow now that Em is on board. 

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Mixtape Music News

1.Nicki Minaj has lots of love for Zendaya and her Barbie doll…

From one Barb to another…

This month “Replay” songstress Zendaya received quite the honor when Mattel announced they were creating a Barbie doll in her likeness–and fellow Barb diva Nicki Minaj couldn’t contain her excitement.

“Congrats on your doll, Zendaya,” Minaj wrote on Instagram. “Did u know Barbie made me one a cpl years back? It was such an honor & a HUGE surprise. Anyway, I love your doll’s hair! I love what it means for other little girls who will identify with it & be empowered. Continue to be proud of yourself girls!!!!! #Barbie.”

Ms. Nicki also posted a follow-up picture on Instagram with both of the diva dolls side by side and a header that read “@zendaya they should have matching bff Barbie cars with the dreamhouse to match. Love this.”

Zendaya soon replied on Twitter to say, “Representation is important.”

For all of the Zendaya & Nicki Barbz madness, check this out. 

2.Karen O’s newborn son and Roberta Flack go hand-in-hand….

Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead chanteuse Karen O  has introduced her newborn son to the world in the most lovely way possible–by posting a pic of her and the new bundle of joy on Instagram with a caption that featured lyrics to “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Ms. Roberta Flack.

“Shortly after we brought him home I held him in my arms and listened to Roberta Flack singing this tune I felt my heart exploding in my chest with a love I couldn’t begin to put into words so Roberta’s will have to do for now,” O wrote.

For the oh, so adorable pic, go right here and get ready to melt on a Monday. 

3.Don’t hold your music breath for that Creed reunion…..

Not to shatter anyones Creed comeback dreams, but it looks like frontman Scott Stapp was wrong in telling Billboard last month  that the “Higher” group would be linking up for a reunion.

In the recent interview, Stapp stated that there was “definitely going to be some Creed in the future” when asked if there was any chance of the band reuniting. The singer also noted that “when the time’s right in the next year-and-a-half, I’m expecting some new Creed music.”

However, guitarist Mark Tremonti was a bit indifferent about whether or not a reunion was in the works, telling Billboard, “I don’t want to confuse anybody. I just know I’m so busy right now with so much stuff coming out, the next year, year-and-a-half would be very difficult for me,” he says. “Not that I want to or not want to do anything; it would just have to be the right time.”

We’ll be patiently waiting.

4.Justin Bieber spills all kind of music tea with Complex magazine…..

By now we know that before Justin Bieber was riding the chart waves again with hits “What Do You Mean” and his Jack Ü collabo, “Where Are Ü Now,” he was no doubt acting like quite the asshole. 

In a recent music tea with Complex magazine, the Biebs notes that fact and then some, including his relationships with former flame, Selena Gomez, and the one-and-only, Jesus Christ. 

Justin also made a point to spill about that time he pissed in a mop bucket, telling the mag,  “Honestly, I think the pissing in the bucket wasn’t as big as people made it seem. Just because, dude, think about it. Imagine, you hear that fucking Ozzy Osbourne pisses backstage. Immediately, ‘Oh, he’s a freaking rock star!’ As soon as I do it, ‘He’s being a brat.’ Dude, what is bratty about pissing in a bucket? I had to go piss — we all have to pee. The bathroom was like on the other side, and the dude in the club was like, ‘Just pee here.’ He told me I could and it wasn’t like I was being disrespectful. I feel like that was pretty ostracizing — bigger than it should’ve been.”

For highlights and more from the Complex spillage, check your music life right here.

5.Have you heard the new Janet & Missy track yet?

Also hot on the comeback trail is Ms. Janet Jackson, whose highly anticipated Unbreakable record is all set to hit headphones this Friday. (!)

But before we are able to revel in the new album and all of its Ms. Jackson glory, the “Nasty” diva dropped a new tune, “BURNITUP!” which re-teams her with her “Son of a Gun” co-star, Missy Elliot

The club-ready anthem will absolutely, um, burn up your system. It’s a must listen…right now.