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Jay-Z To Auction Rare Bottle Of D'Ussé Cognac For Charity

Jay-Z To Auction Rare Bottle Of D'Ussé Cognac For Charity

Jay-Z announced Thursday that a rare bottle of D'usse Cognac will be auctioned off at Sotheby's on March 13 to raise funds for charity.

The one-of-a-kind Bottle No. 1 of the "1969 Anniversaire Limited Edition Grande Champagne Cognac" is estimated to fetch between $25,000 and $75,000.

The hip-hop star will donate the amount to the Shawn Carter Foundation, a charity launched by him.

"The whole process behind the 1969 Anniversaire collection reminded me why I got involved in the spirits industry in the first place-to create something that will stand the test of time," Jay-Z said in a statement.

The 750 ml bottle of cognac, made from a single barrel aged at the famed Château de Cognac, has a 24-karat gold foil around its neck. The bottle, featuring an engraved signature from Jay-Z, will go on display at Sotheby's in New York beginning March 5.

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Megan Thee Stallion Spoofs 'Mean Girls' In New Coach Campaign

Megan Thee Stallion Spoofs 'Mean Girls' In New Coach Campaign

The new pop culture-inspired campaign for Coach's New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2021, shared by Megan Thee Stallion last Monday (February 25), shows her spoofing Mean Girls.

The visual, released in celebration of AW21 collection, shows Megan, wearing a monogram sweatshirt and matching miniskirt, tackling the role of Regina George from Mean Girls on a football field, exchanging gossip with classmates, inspired by lines from the 2004 classic.

"Each of her dogs has its own bedroom," one confides, while another reveals, "Her nails are so long, she accidentally gouged my eye out. And it was awesome!"

"I heard that she was walking down the street and a guy saw her and crashed his car. It was so fetch. Or not fetch. It was awesome," says another.

Another scene shows global Coach ambassador Jennifer Lopez singing along to Blondie's 1980 hit "Call Me" in a phone booth while baring her famous abs in a tied-up tee and trench coat.

In a press release, Coach's creative director Stuart Vevers said he wanted the new collection and presentation to "make sense and resonate in these unique times."

"I have always loved exploring the intersection of fashion and pop culture at Coach," he added.

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Daft Punk Sales, Streams Spike After Announcing Split

Daft Punk Sales, Streams Spike After Announcing Split

Sales and streaming of Daft Punk's music have recorded a sudden spike after the French electronic music duo announced they are splitting after nearly three decades.

On Monday, February 22, Daft Punk announced they are splitting up after 28 years.

According to Rolling Stone, citing Alpha Data, streams of Daft Punk's music were up by nearly 500% on Monday compared to Sunday, February 21, with song sales skyrocketing 1,335% and digital album sales up 2,650%.

Daft Punk's second studio album Discovery was streamed over 1.5 million times on Monday, an increase of 429%, while digital album sales increased by over 8,000%.

Daft Punk were formed in 1993 in Paris by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. They achieved popularity in the late 1990s as part of the French house movement.

They are regarded as one of the most influential acts in dance music history, boasting several international hits including "One More Time," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and "Get Lucky." Daft Punk have also won six Grammy Awards.

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Machine Gun Kelly Featured On Two Songs From New Trippie Redd Album

Machine Gun Kelly Featured On Two Songs From New Trippie Redd Album

Machind Gun Kelly is featured on two of the songs on Trippie Redd's 40-track album NEON SHARK vs Pegasus, which was released on Friday (February 19).

"Red Sky" and "Pillibreaker" are the two songs Redd has collaborated with MGK for the album.

"I was waitin' to see what you said again / You bring me above (Bring me above) / Straight mischief in my head again, oh (My head)," MGK and Redd sing together in the chorus of "Red Sky."

NEON SHARK vs Pegasus, which was produced by Blink-182's Travis Barker, contains 14 new tracks as well as some previously unreleased Pegasus songs.

The album also features Deftones' Chino Moreno, blackbear, Scarlxrd, ZillaKami, and several other singers.

Redd previously collaborated on some of MGK's songs, including "Runaway," "Candy" and more recently, the Tickets To My Downfall track, "All I Know."

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Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' Tops 1 Billion Streams On Spotify

Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' Tops 1 Billion Streams On Spotify

Eminem's 2002 smash hit single "Lose Yourself" has now topped 1 billion streams on Spotify.

"Lose Yourself" was the lead single from the soundtrack to Eminem's semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile, which released in 2002.

The rapper confirmed the achievement on social media by tweeting, "You can do anything you set your mind to, man... #LoseYourself is over 1 billion on @Spotify."

"Lose Yourself" was Eminem's first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and it also won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2003.

The song also earned him Grammys for best rap song and best male rap solo performance in 2004.

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The Weeknd Signs With Creative Artists Agency

The Weeknd Signs With Creative Artists Agency

R&B superstar The Weeknd (born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) has signed with the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) across all areas worldwide.

The 31-year-old singer was previously represented by WME and has released 4 studio albums and 3 full-length mixtapes over his 10-year-long career thus far, earning him 3 Grammy Awards, 5 American Music Awards, and one Academy Award nomination, among other esteemed recognitions.

"Abel, Sal and their team are as ambitious in their thinking as we are, clearly seeing the special opportunities they have, both in building their business to new heights and having a meaningful cultural impact," CAA's Christian Carino said in a statement.

Having released After Hours, his critically acclaimed fourth studio album last March, the Weeknd is planning to promote the record on a worldwide tour that is slated to kick off sometime in January of 2022.

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Drake Teams Up With Drakeo The Ruler On 'Talk To Me'

Drake Teams Up With Drakeo The Ruler On 'Talk To Me'

Drake has teamed up with Drakeo The Ruler on "Talk To Me," which features in the latter's new The Truth Hurts mixtape.

"I don't know if what we have is love, but it's on my mind/ We might slide on a n***a inside this club, girl, close your eyes/ Fifteen brothers, no friends when I pull up, for peace of mind/ Lights come on, I'ma need you to come find me, don't be so shy," Drake sings in the song.

The 17-track mixtape dropped on Wednesday, February 24. The Truth Hurts is the rapper's first release since last year's Thank You For Using GTL.

The mixtape features several other guest, including Don Toliver, Icewear Vezzo and Stinc Team members Ralfy the Plug and Ketchy the Great.

"I think about everything that I have gone through, and I'm motivated never to go back to jail," Drakeo (born Darrell Caldwell) said in a statement. "It's been fun. I'm dealing with cars, jewelry - all the stuff I imagined doing while I was in jail and couldn't do. Now I've got a song with Drake."

Drakeo was released from jail in November 2020 following three years in jail for a murder charge.

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Jay-Z, Usher & More To Join Harry Belafonte's Birthday Fundraiser

Jay-Z, Usher & More To Join Harry Belafonte's Birthday Fundraiser

Jay-Z, Usher, and several other top acts including Tiffany Haddish, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Charlamagne Tha God, are set to appear at "The Gathering of Harry," a virtual party to mark the 94th birthday of Harry Belafonte.

The event, aimed to raise funds to benefit the non-profit organization The Gathering for Justice, which Belafonte started in 2005, will air live on February 28 at 7 p.m. Belafonte started the organization after a small girl was handcuffed and arrested in her classroom for "being unruly."

The virtual event is sponsored in part by Frontline Solutions, the Hope and Robert F. Smith Family, and the National Basketball Player Association Foundation.

The event, which will feature live performances, video tributes and testimonials, will also see Jay-Z accepting "The Gatekeeper of Truth Award" for his support to organizers on the frontlines during these political times and his inspiration to generations past and future.

Common, Chuck D, Stacey Abrams, Bernie and Jane Sanders, Diane Nash and Bryan Stevenson are among a slew of other stars already named as participants at the virtual event.

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Roddy Ricch 'All Good' After Reported Shootout On Music Video Set

Roddy Ricch 'All Good' After Reported Shootout On Music Video Set

Roddy Ricch took to Twitter on Monday (February 22) to assure fans that he is safe after a shootout that took place on the set of his music video with 42 Dugg a day earlier in Atlanta, Georgia.

"aint nobody shoot at me," Roddy tweeted. "we all good. im juss tryna feed the streets."

On Sunday, 42 Dugg posted on Instagram Live that he was doing OK. "Y'all stop with that fake s---, man. We ain't been around no gun shooting, none of that," he shared. "Real talk, man. We good... Thanks for the love, though. I appreciate the love, though."

According to police, three people were injured due to the incident at a scrap yard on Wells Street in southwest Atlanta. According to Metro UK, the shooting prompted about 50 people to run for cover.

WSP-TV reported that officers, who responded to shots fired in southwest Atlanta around 4 p.m., found a man grazed by a round of gunfire. Later, it was confirmed that one of the injured persons, Peter Cook (39), was hurt by debris and not a gunshot.

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Global Citizen's 'Recovery Plan For The World' Launched With Star-Studded Support

Global Citizen's 'Recovery Plan For The World' Launched With Star-Studded Support

With support from stars across the entertainment industry, international advocacy organization Global Citizen has launched a "Recovery Plan for the World" - a campaign to end COVID-19 for all and kick start a global recovery.

The year-long campaign and series of events are designed with five goals: To end COVID-19 for all, end the hunger crisis, resume learning everywhere, protect the planet and advance equity for all.

Leaders in music and entertainment, many of whom are long-time partners of Global Citizen, have raised their hands to support the campaign. They include Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Femi Kuti, H.E.R. , Hugh Jackman, Idris Elba, Sabrina Elba, Jonas Brothers, Lang Lang, Lars Ulrich, Miley Cyrus, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Rachel Brosnahan, SuperM, Usher and Yemi Alade.

Global Citizen Ambassadors Jill Veddar and Olivia Vedder have also signed on to support the Recovery Plan for the World campaign.

The United Nations and 23 governments have also expressed their collective support for the effort.

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Travis Scott Reveals When Cacti Spiked Seltzer Will Hit Shelves

Travis Scott Reveals When Cacti Spiked Seltzer Will Hit Shelves

Travis Scott announced on Monday (February 22) via social media that his Cacti spiked seltzer will hit store shelves on March 15.

"We out in Cacti headquarters," Scott says in the clip that shows him touring the headquarters in Los Angeles, California. "This is one of my locations."

The clip shows him enjoying a sample of the agave spiked seltzer and provides a glimpse of the production and packing process. Scott teases, "I'm telling you," raising a glass, "It's the best of the best right there."

The product, a co-venture with Anheuser-Bush, is made with blue agave from Mexico, and will have a 7% ABV (alcohol by volume). It will be sold in 12-ounce cans in a nine-count variety pack, as well as singles of the 16-ounce and 25-ounce variety. The seltzer comes in lime, pineapple and strawberry flavors.

"Me and the team really went in, not only on getting the flavor right, but on thousands of creative protos on everything from the actual beverage, to the can concept, to the packaging and how it is presented to the world," the Houston rapper said in a statement.

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Post Malone Covers Hootie & The Blowfish's 'Only Wanna Be With You'

Post Malone Covers Hootie & The Blowfish's 'Only Wanna Be With You'

Post Malone has shared a cover of Hootie and the Blowfish's 1995 hit song "Only Wanna Be With You."

Officially dubbed the "Pokémon 25 Version," the cover was released ahead of Malone's performance at the Pokémon Day 25th-anniversary virtual concert on Saturday, February 27.

Speaking about his upcoming performance, Malone said in a statement, "I've been a Pokémon fan for a long time, so the opportunity to headline the 'Pokémon Day' concert celebrating 25 years is awesome."

The song will be included in the setlist for Post Malone's appearance at the Pokémon anniversary concert, streaming at 7:00 p.m. ET on February 27. The event can be viewed for free on the official Pokémon YouTube and Twitch channels and on Pokémon's 25th-anniversary website.

Malone's most recent studio album, Hollywood's Bleeding, dropped in 2019 and was No. 1 in the U.S., while its singles "Circles" and "Sunflower" topped the Billboard Hot 100.

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New Blink-182 Album To Feature Grimes, Lil Uzi Vert And Pharrell

New Blink-182 Album To Feature Grimes, Lil Uzi Vert And Pharrell

Blink-182's new album will feature Grimes, Lil Uzi Vert and Pharrell Williams.

According to drummer Travis Barker, the follow-up to the band's 2019 album Nine features those acts and is "60 percent done." Last month, Barker had confirmed that the album would arrive in 2021.

"There's like a song with Grimes right now that's really, really cool that I love," Barker told Spotify's Allison Hagendorf. "There's a song with Uzi that's really, really cool that we did with Pharrell."

He added, "I mean, it's not like Blink's making a rap song or anything. It's like bringing Uzi over to our world. So it's more of a punk kind of like reggae feeling song, I don't think Blink will ever be anything but a pop-punk band. I mean, that's who we are."

"And I feel like our fans have kind of journeyed with us when we've done songs like 'Miss You' or ballads like 'Adam's Song,'" Barker continued. "But, like, we're never going to veer too far off from what we are - like, I'm like a punk kid at heart, you know what I mean?"

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Maroon 5 Announce New Single 'Beautiful Mistakes' Featuring Megan Thee Stallion

Maroon 5 Announce New Single 'Beautiful Mistakes' Featuring Megan Thee Stallion

Maroon 5 have announced a new single, "Beautiful Mistakes" featuring Megan Thee Stallion, which will be released on March 3.

Maroon 5 had teased the collaboration earlier this month by sharing behind-the-scenes pictures of the music video on their Instagram Story. Maroon 5 also tweeted out a lyric, "fill my nights with broken dreams," last week.

Both acts confirmed the single's title and release date and shared its cover art on social media.

Meanwhile, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine recently teamed up with Jason Derulo on "Lifestyle," which debuted at No. 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week.

Excited to announce our new single "Beautiful Mistakes feat. @theestallion"! Out on March 3rd ?????? Pre-save: https://t.co/UCAJQtQIqo pic.twitter.com/mWBtfLnMeU

— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) February 22, 2021

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Rapper Bobby Shmurda Released From Prison

Rapper Bobby Shmurda Released From Prison

Rapper Bobby Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Jean Pollard, was released from jail on Tuesday, February 23 after completing six years of a seven-year sentence for conspiracy and weapons possession.

According to a statement from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, "At approximately 8:30 this morning, Ackquille Pollard was conditionally released from Clinton Correctional Facility. Mr. Pollard will be under community supervision in Kings County until he completes his sentence on February 23, 2026."

Shmurda's friend Quavo said he was planning to pick his friend up from prison.

"I'm going to get my guy," the Migos frontman told Billboard before Shmurda's release. "I'm personally gonna go pick up Bobby Shmurda. I'm bout to go get him. I'm gonna let him show you how I'm gonna pick him up, yessir."

Shmurda was originally arrested in December 2014 alongside several of his GS9 crew, including rapper Rowdy Rebel, on conspiracy to murder, weapons possession and reckless endangerment charges.

Shmurda took a plea deal for 4th-degree conspiracy and 2nd-degree criminal weapons possession charges, which resulted in the seven-year sentence.

The rapper was denied parole in September 2020 and was originally ordered to serve his maximum sentence, which would have kept him incarcerated until December 11, 2021. Meanwhile, he will remain on parole until 2026.

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'SNL' Takes Shot At Justin Timberlake Over 'Lame Apology' To Britney Spears

'SNL' Takes Shot At Justin Timberlake Over 'Lame Apology' To Britney Spears

"Saturday Night Live" took a shot at Justin Timberlake during the show on February 20 for his "20 years late" apology to Britney Spears.

The comedy show did not just mention the #FreeBritney movement this time. It had Chloe Fineman playing Spears and taking a shot at Timberlake's recent apology.

"Hey, ya'll! It's Britney, b----!" Fineman says in the show, before explaining why she started doing her own apology show. "Basically I started this show, Oops, You Did It Again, so people could come on and apologize for things they've done wrong, because after the Free Britney documentary came out, I'm receiving hundreds of apologies a day."

"I'd like to give a quick shout-out to our sponsor, the Notes app," said Fineman as Spears. "Are you looking to post a lame apology 20 years late? Go through the motions with the Notes app."

Timberlake apologized to Spears on February 12, about a week after the premiere of Framing Britney Spears documentary, for how he portrayed her after their 2002 split.

"I've seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right," Timberlake wrote in Notes and posted to Instagram.

"I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism," he added. "I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed."

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Daft Punk Splitting Up After 28 Years

Daft Punk Splitting Up After 28 Years

French electronic music duo Daft Punk have revealed they are splitting up after 28 years.

The duo announced the news on Monday, February 22, in an 8-minute video called "Epilogue." In the video, the pair bid each other farewell in a desert before one of them walks away and explodes. The video then cuts to a desert sunset or sunrise, as their 2013 single "Touch" can be heard at the end.

Daft Punk were formed in 1993 in Paris by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. They achieved popularity in the late 1990s as part of the French house movement.

They are regarded as one of the most influential acts in dance music history, boasting several international hits including "One More Time," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and "Get Lucky." Daft Punk have also won six Grammy Awards.

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Chloe X Halle Tease 'Exciting Things Coming,' Launch Separate Twitter Accounts

Chloe X Halle Tease 'Exciting Things Coming,' Launch Separate Twitter Accounts

Chloe and Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle launched separate Twitter accounts on Thursday (February 18) and wrote, "so many exciting things" are on the way after thanking their 1 million followers.

"Thank you for 1 million followers we love y'all so much. so many exciting things coming!!!!" the tweet reads. "Follow us @chloebailey @HalleBailey."

Chloe Bailey asked her own more than 151,000 followers what her new header should be. She wrote, "where the flowers bloom", as her freshly minted bio.

Meanwhile, Halle is giving her 91,000-plus followers a "peek into my happy place" where "only positivity and love is allowed."

Chloe, who created her own Instagram account in January, has nearly 2 million followers on the platform.

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DaBaby Responds To Backlash After Name-Dropping JoJo Siwa In 'Beatbox' Freestyle

DaBaby Responds To Backlash After Name-Dropping JoJo Siwa In 'Beatbox' Freestyle

DaBaby has clarified that he does not have any beef with JoJo Siwa after the rapper received backlash for seemingly dissing the teen singer, dancer and Internet sensation in his new song "Beatbox" Freestyle.

DaBaby claimed in a post on Twitter that his use of the "Dance Moms" alum's name was just a play on words.

"N***, you a b***/ JoJo Siwa, b***/ She let the wrong n**** get rich," DaBaby rhymes on the track. In the "Beatbox" video, he holds up a photo of a smiling Siwa.

"I love Twitter bruh," DaBaby tweeted along with few laughing emojis on Sunday, February 21.

"My 3 year old princess is your number 1 fan. I bought her every product you have out. She think she you," DaBaby personally tweeted to Siwa. "Don't let em trick you into thinking id ever have a problem with you. My word play just went over their heads."

"All love on my end shawty, Keep shinning!" DaBaby added.

On his Instagram Stories, DaBaby added, "Y'all MFs sick lol. Y'all ok w/ that child being tricked into thinking I got a problem with her, WE F*** WIT YOU JOJO."

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The Weeknd Earns Seventh No. 1 On Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

The Weeknd Earns Seventh No. 1 On Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

The Weekend's career-spanning compilation album, The Highlights, debuted atop Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The Highlights earned 89,000 equivalent album units in the week ending February 11, according to MRC Data, giving the Weekend his seventh No. 1 on the chart.

The Weekend's seven No. 1s in the decade from 2011 to 2021 give him the third-most in that span, behind only Future (12) and Drake (10).

The R&B superstar dropped The Highlights just two days before his performance during the Super Bowl LV halftime time.

Billboard noted The Highlights ends a drought for greatest-hits compilations, as the last such album to top the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart was The Notorious B.I.G.'s Greatest Hits in 2007.

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