After blowing minds with the “On The Run” Tour kick-off concert in Miami alongside Jay Z, Beyonce paid tribute to Michael Jackson on her website. In her brief dedication to MJ, she cites him as a major inspiration to her music and particularly to her performance style. She writes: “Michael taught me that sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on. If you feel silly, you have to go from the gut just let it go.” Now we know where Bey gets her unique performing skills. The best learn from the best.
Thirty-six people were hospitalized last night at an Avicii concert in Boston, officials attributing the incident to drugs, alcohol, and dehydration. The Swedish DJ and producer later tweeted his concern for his fans: “Its a terrible thing, I rly hope everyone is ok!My thoughts go to those affected & their families.” Six weeks prior to his show in Boston, 29 people were hospitalized at one of his concerts in Toronto. [Spin]
Cam’ron previewed a new song featuring Nicki Minaj via Instagram. Yesterday, the Dipset leader announced he would launch his 1st of the Month series on July 1st, releasing a new 5-track EP on the first of every month. About time Cam got back in the game for real. [Missinfo]
Outkast member Andre 3000 has reportedly been recruited to co-produce a new album by soul legend Aretha Franklin. The new album will feature covers of Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep,” Tina Turner‘s “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” and many more. Expect nothing but greatness from this collaboration between two massively talented musicians. [Hypetrak]
Eric Bellinger‘s single “I Don’t Want Her” got the uptown treatment from Ma$e on this new remix. The original version of the song, featuring Problem, appeared on his debut LP, The Rebirth, which dropped earlier this year. Ma$e is set to release his first album in 10 years in October, and has announced that Kanye West and Rick Ross will be featured on his next single. [Rap-Up]
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