Could this be just a new single or is this signs of a new supergroup in the making? Whichever way it goes, Labrinth X Sia X Diplo? Yes please!
About a month ago, Diplo took to social media to tease artwork with the letters "LSD." Popping with shades of neon, Diplo went on to say nothing more than a bomb emoji and then tagged Sia and Labrinth!
Since then, there has been no further information available if this was a new single all three were working on, or if it was something more involved like the formation of a new supergroup. While this combination isn't your average supergroup (if it is indeed a reality) it definitely is a promising proposition.
Labrinth is a singer, songwriter, rapper and producer from the UK who first caught our attention with his 2014 song, "Jealous." Sia, on the other hand, is an Austrailian singer and songwriter who is no stranger to creating EDM super hits through collaborations with legends like David Guetta and many many more! Diplo, being one of the hottest producers in the world of dance music, is also known to be a master collaborator, having already racked up a number of releases with A-list pop stars like Justin Bieber and a producer for Beyoncé's critically lauded, Lemonade. Diplo is also no stranger to supergroups. From Major Lazer to Jack Ü to now possibly LSD as reported by The Sun, he's sure on a roll!
While we wait to hear back from the trio to see what the cryptic "LSD" artwork actually stands for, check out this beautiful collaboration between two out of the three with "To Be Human" from the Wonder Woman soundtrack which combines the stunning vocals of Sia and Labrinth.
BY MELODY SIGANPORIA
Lauryn Hill, Andra Day perform Nina Simone tribute at Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, Mary J. Blige gives moving speech
"Lauryn Hill, Andra Day perform Nina Simone tribute at Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, Mary J. Blige gives moving speech"
While Beyoncé was making history at Coachella in Indio, California, Nina Simone was being honored for the history she had spent her life making across the country in Cleveland, Ohio.
As reported, the acclaimed singer, pianist, composer and activist was officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday (April 14) during an induction ceremony that featured an array of special guests. Simone has been eligible to join the Rock Hall since 1986 and was first nominated this year.
Mary J. Blige was the Master of Ceremonies, giving a heartfelt speech during which she explains her deep connection to, and appreciation of, the late icon. As fans can recall, a passionate Blige previously was set to portray Simone in a biopic, although the role ended up going to Zoe Saldana.
"It's an honor to have been invited here tonight to induct Nina Simone into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," she began. "Please bear with me, this is a very long speech, but I'm here for the Queen tonight. I'm going to take my time."
"Nina Simone could sing anything," Blige continued. "She was classically trained, and they called her the High Priestess of Soul. She sang jazz, blues, spirituals, folk songs, show tunes, children's songs, songs by Bob Dylan, the Bee Gees and George Harrison. But everything she sang, she made her own."
Blige then poignantly recalled the life and legacy of Simone, who passed in 2003 at the age of 70, sharing a couple of anecdotes of Simone experiencing racial discrimination—including as a young piano playing prodigy at the age of 10 and later again when she was rejected from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia—and the impact racial oppression had on her and her career alike. Blige also goes on to reinforce how Simone's iconic catalog, one that was referred to as the "soundtrack for the civil rights movement" by former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, still resonates today.
"I know, I know, I know that Nina and I have a lot in common," Blige said, concluding her heartfelt speech. "Through our pain and our turmoil, we sing and we heal and we help people heal and we help people get through it. Just like Nina, I can do a record with whoever I want – I can do a record with Elton John or with Bono or with Jay-Z or with Method Man and no one will ask, 'Why is she doing that?' That's because I know exactly what I want and who I am and why I'm doing what I'm doing. And that's what Nina did, and that is why she is so important and she means so much to me."
In addition to Blige having the honor of inducting Simone into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lauryn Hill and Andra Day performed an incredible tribute to the singer with an emotive medley of her hits.
Take a look at the transcript of Mary J. Blige's speech in full here, via Rolling Stone, and in the video, below, as well as see highlights from Lauryn Hill and Andra Day's respective performances.
By KCKC ORCUTT ORCUTT
Carrie Underwood returned to the stage for the first time since suffering from a fall late last year. The star put on an emotional performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas last night and showcased her new single Cry Pretty. At the end of the rendition she received a standing ovation before Keith Urban appeared on stage to help close her set with their duet of The Fighter. He told the 35-year-old: ‘You just knocked it out of the park.’
To which she replied: ‘Thank you for having me. I’m still shaking right now. Thank you.’ She hasn’t been seen at an event since the CMA Awards last November, where she co-hosted the show with Brad Paisley. There she put on a heartfelt performance that was in tribute to the 58 victims who were killed in the mass shooting at the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival. Shortly after her appearance the star ended up in hospital after she fell and broke her write in her porch.
She was also treated for a face injury which required more than 40 stitches. Carrie wrote a letter to her fan club in January where she opened up about her injuries. There she wrote: ‘I’m still healing and not quite looking the same. ‘I honestly don’t know how things are going to end up but I do know this: I am grateful. I am grateful that it wasn’t much, much worse. And I am grateful for the people in my life that have been there every step of the way.’
By Abigail Gillibrand
"Beyonce grants wish of whole world as Destiny’s Child reunites in epic Coachella set"
Isn’t Beyonce nice? So charitable. Really for the people. She’s given said people (IE us) what they want after she brought Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams back onstage to sing with her during Bey’s epic Coachella set on Sunday. The two came onto the stage and formed a threesome once more as they performed hits Lose My Breath, before going into Say My Name and Soldier. Last week it was hotly rumoured the 90s and 00s girl group would come together to perform for the first time since Beyonce’s 2013’s Super Bowl half time show. All the bangers! Except Bootylicious. But that’s neither here nor there.
Unfortunately she didn’t refer to them in any grand fashion as Destiny’s Child, instead welcoming them as Kelly and Michelle, so perhaps a reunion album isn’t something to hold our breath over. Despite the presence of the song.
However she was able to prove in a very, very funky way the three of them were hotter than ever as the crowd went absolutely bonkers for their return.
Not long after the girls left the stage, Beyonce’s sister Solange came on with an awesome peroxide blonde do, as the festival was renamed Beychella by her hype man during the set.
The two didn’t sing together, instead they just danced for a few minutes which was epic and made us exhausted just watching. Not surprisingly, the fans were absolutely loving what Beyonce had done on the stage, as she performed for an amazing nearly-two hours.
‘I’m so happy, that I am here,’ Beyonce told the crowd as she wrapped up. ‘I was supposed to perform at Coachella before, but, I got pregnant – thank god.’ She added of designing this year’s performance: ‘So I had time to dream and dream and dream with two beautiful souls in my belly and this is everything and more.’
By Mel Evans
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