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by admin // Wednesday, February 29, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

The hugely talented Russell W. Howard dropped his new mixtape yesterday, with features from Jon Connor, Nipsey Hussle, Freddie Gibbs and more!

Beautiful Distraction is available on HotNewHipHop and Datpiff FREE for download, and the instrumental tracks to his mixtape will also be released for download soon.

With production credits for Hip Hop titans like Jay-Z, DMX and Lupe Fiasco, Russell is a rare talent who bridges the gap between producer and rapper, spitting rhymes as deftly as he crafts his beats.

Currently, Russell is touring the U.S. with iTunes Top 10 artists (and a Blastro favorite) Aziatix.

For more information on Russell W. Howard and a list of tour dates, check out his official website.

by admin // Tuesday, February 21, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Jay-Z and Kanye West are bringing their 'Watch the Throne' tour to Europe.

The two rappers are transporting their huge stage spectacular over from North America - where they completed a sold out 35-date tour - in May, to play dates in England, France, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Germany, among others.

The pair are also coming to Europe fresh from winning a Best Rap Performance Grammy for their track, 'Otis,' earlier this month.

Jay-Z recently hinted he and Kanye could start work on a follow up to their self-titled debut, to be released as early as next year.

He said: "We - I say 'we' because I'm in Throne mode - we're in a great place creatively. You might see a Jay, then Kanye and a Throne album next year. We really found our zone."

The rappers have been working together for over ten years, with Kanye getting his big break producing Jay's track 'Izzo (H.O.V.A.),' which went on to be one of the latter's biggest hits.

They have continued to appear on each other's tracks ever since.

Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday at 9am.


Watch the Throne European tour dates 2012:

May 20 - O2 Arena, London

May 24 - Zurich Hellenstadion, Switzerland

May 26 - Herning Arena, Denmark

May 28 - Oslo Telenor Arena, Norway

May 29 - Stockholm The Globe, Sweden

June 1 - Paris Bercy, France

June2 - Paris Bercy, France

June3 - Antwerp Sportpaleis, Belgium

June 5 - Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany

June 8 - Dublin O2 Arena, Ireland

June11 - Manchester Arena, Manchester

June 13 - Birmingham LG Arena, Birmingham

by admin // Monday, February 20, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

JLS won't collaborate with Rihanna until they find the perfect song.

The British boy band have been in talks with the 'We Found Love' beauty about working on a single together and although both parties are keen, JLS say they don't want to waste anyone's time until they get the right tune.

Marvin Humes exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "Right now our dream collaboration would be Rihanna. Obviously we've worked with some amazing people, Dev and Tinie Tempah - which was amazing. But the one person we all want to work with at the moment is Rihanna. "

Oritse Williams added: "There's been rumors about us and Rihanna for a while and we both really want to work together but it's just a matter of finding the right song. On both sides we really want to do it but if we do this collaboration we want it to be spectacular so until we find that song we can't do anything but watch this space."

Ortise also revealed the band have spent time in America recently, writing songs for their fourth album.

He said: "We've been over and back to the states quite a bit, we wrote a lot of our fourth album over there. People think we go over there to try and break the American market but we've also used it as a chance to work with some producers that we don't have access to over here. International fans are important to us but it was great to work with some of our musical inspirations and we loved it."

JLS teamed up with MasterCard for its exclusive Priceless Duets competition, which supports its 14th year of partnership with The BRIT Awards.

For your chance to win a Priceless Duet go to JLS's competition is now closed, but there's a 'Priceless Duet' with BRIT award winner Jessie J still up for grabs.

by admin // Monday, February 20, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Kelly Rowland can never be without her Bible when she is on tour.

The 'Down For Whatever' hitmaker doesn't have many backstage demands when she performs around the world, but she is always sure to have the religious text with her wherever she is.

She said: "The only thing I asked for is Fiji Water. When I'm on tour the only thing I can't be without is my Bible."

The 30-year-old singer likes to keep fit both on tour and when she is at home in Los Angeles, and most of the time she manages to refrain from consuming calorific treats despite having the odd "cheat day."

She added: "I like to feel good about myself and know what I'm putting in my body. It's not about putting on pound, it's about being healthy.

"Food isn't meant to make you feel lethargic. It's about nutrition, but you do have your cheat days. I love sugar and I love fried food but I try and leave it alone most of the time. I also love a nice glass of red wine."