Prince's Paisley Park have announced the details for Celebration 2018, the second annual four-day gathering at the music icon's Chanhassen, Minnesota complex.
Taking place April 19th to 22nd, Celebration 2018 "will welcome fans from around the world into an inspired environment of live music, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker," organizers said.Among the musical acts scheduled to perform at Celebration 2018 include Prince's longtime protégé Sheila E., fDeluxe – the group formerly known as the Family featuring Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds, Jellybean Johnson – and the live debut of a new supergroup composed of members of Paisley Park and New Power Generation alumni.
On April 21st, the two-year anniversary of Prince's death, Celebration 2018 attendees will flock to Minneapolis' Target Center for Prince: Live on the Big Screen, a concert featuring "newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on the Target Center stage by an all-star ensemble of musicians who performed alongside him throughout his storied career."
Sheila E., Melvoin, Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia, orchestral arranger Mike Nelson, drummer Kirk Johnson, collaborator Chance Howard and dozens more will also serve as special guest speakers during the four-day Celebration 2018. Tickets for the event are available now through the Paisley Park site.
By Daniel Kreps
Black Panther continues to dominate at both the box office and on the Billboard 200 as the Kendrick Lamar-curated companion album finished at Number One for a second straight week.
After the Marvel blockbuster raked in another $108 million in its second weekend of release – a second-week box office record for a Marvel movie and second all-time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Black Panther: The Album sold a total of 131,000 copies to remain at Number One. Of that total, 40,000 copies were from traditional album sales, Billboard reports.
Two new releases managed to crack the Top 10 this week: At Number Four, Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle's long-awaited debut album Victory Lap moved 53,000 total copies. Brandi Carlile's By the Way, I Forgive You gave that singer her best Billboard 200 debut as the album entered at Number Five and 43,000 total copies.
The rest of the Top 10 was filled with returnees, led by Migos' Culture II at Number Two and The Greatest Showman soundtrack at Number Three. Further down, Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods slid from Number Two to Number Six, Ed Sheeran's Divide moved down one spot to Number Seven and Kendrick Lamar's Damn. placed at Number Eight. Post Malone's Stoney (Number Nine) and the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack (Number 10) rounded out the Top 10.
By Daniel Kreps
Martin Garrix and David Guetta have become quite the studio buds. They dropped their collaborative ballad "So Far Away" at the end of 2017, and even though it didn't feature previously teased vocals from Ellie Goulding, fans ate it up enough to push the song to no. 11 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songschart.
Of course, when you think Garrix and Guetta, you don't immediately think emotional ballad. You think bright and bubbly dance anthems. You think sophisticated dance-pop. You think about festival confetti canons and catchy hooks. So, the friends had to come back with a more energetic offering, and "Like I Do" is exactly the blood-pumping big room house hit your body craves.
Featuring pitched vocals from Brooks, it's a stomping mix of horns and bass that's funky enough to get your night started but still tender enough to keep you warm in the wee hours of the lonely night. Honestly, Garrix and Guetta should keep working together. They're coming up with some pretty cool stuff.
Update: According to Pitchfork, a rep from Beyoncé's camp confirmed that the remix is not an official release.
Beyoncé has yet to release new music in 2018 and nothing of her own since 2016's Lemonade, making fans eager for some new material. So when a new version of her I Am... Sasha Fierce smash "Sweet Dreams" surfaced online Wednesday night (Feb. 21), the Bey Hive swarmed -- even though it wasn't actually posted by Bey herself.
The mysterious surprise remix to "Sweet Dreams" appeared on Apple Music, Tidal and iTunes, credited to "IDS" on Tidal and copyright attributed to “℗ 2018 Beyonce” on Apple Music and iTunes. But according to Beyonce's reps (as told to Pitchfork), the "Formation" singer had nothing to do with the random release.
Despite the track being unofficial, it's hard to deny that the new hip-hop tinged mix of the electro-synth smash is a banger. And with Beyonce staying mum on when new music is coming, the Bey Hive can at least relish in the old and new versions of a Queen B classic.
Listen to the (unofficial) "Sweet Dreams" remix and revisit the original (official) version below.
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