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Music

  • These are the highlights from Kanye’s tweetstorm about Drake

    Kanye West has tweeted more than 120 times in the past 12 hours, as the simmering rivalry between the Chicago-born rapper and Canadian rapper Drake reignited. And yes, it's a long story. The beef itself stems from Kanye West's production involvement in Pusha T's recent album in which the latter spits acid over Drake's unannounced child with a former adult actress, and his newfound angry guy persona. In Kanye's tweetstorm, he tells Drake that he did not "tell Pusha about your son" and that he's been "trying to meet with you for 6 months". But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Kanye later...

  • These were the biggest tracks and artists on Spotify in 2018

    Before we mention anything else, yes, Drake was Spotify's most popular artist globally. Now that that's out of the way, the streaming music service this week announced its biggest (non-Toronto born) artists, and music of the year. So, who placed where? Drake, for the record, snagged 8.2-million plays this year, making him the most streamed artist on the platform of all time. "God's Plan" -- the most popular track of the year on the streaming service -- brought in more than a billion streams alone. Post Malone was world number two, while XXXTENTACION, J Balvin and Ed Sheeran made it an all-male top...

  • Twitter thought Johnny Clegg died after tribute went viral

    Legendary musician Johnny Clegg was trending on Twitter on Thursday afternoon after a tribute version of his song The Crossing was released on YouTube. His son Jesse Clegg, Andre Fenter, Jack Parow, Jimmy Nevis, Karen Zoid and a host of other South African musicians feature on the track. According to Zoid's YouTube channel, "a group of well-known musicians came together to celebrate the life and work of Clegg and recorded a special version of his song". Though the message was merely a celebration of the man and the launch of his new charity fund, South Africans were quick to assume that Clegg...

  • Ariana Grande hits back at Piers Morgan for criticising Little Mix, Ellen and her mom

    Good Morning America anchor Piers Morgan has once again found himself at the centre of a Twitter war between UK pop group Little Mix, Ellen DeGeneres, Ariana Grande and her mother. On Tuesday, Morgan targeted the girl band and criticised their choice of art for their upcoming album LM5. The cover is reminiscent of an Entertainement Weekly cover of the Dixie Chicks, who have text adorning their naked bodies. Hey @LittleMix - when are you going to admit you stole this idea from @dixiechicks? pic.twitter.com/dLRX2TMv2k — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 20, 2018 "Hey @LittleMix - when are you going to admit you stole...

  • Spotify Premium drops to R5.99pm over the festive period

    Just in time for Black Friday and the Festive Season, streaming music platform Spotify has announced that new users signing up to its service can subscribe to the Premium tier for R5.99. Users who take advantage of the offer any time during this period -- ending 31 December 2018 -- will be charged R5.99 for three months. The service will jump to its regular price of R59.99 thereafter. Notably, the offer is only valid for those who haven't yet tried the Premium tier. Feature image: Spotify

  • South Africans just can’t stop listening to Drake on Spotify

    Summer's slowly slinking over the horizon, and the tunes will soon be bumping along beaches into the early hours of the morning. But tunes from which artist exactly? According to Spotify South Africa, likely Drake. The Canadian is reportedly the most popular rapper on the company's international summer chart, featuring four tracks in the top ten. Three of his tracks -- "In My Feelings", "Nice For What", and "God's Plan", are among the most played tracks on Spotify in South Africa since it launched in March. Post Malone is the second most popular artist in South Africa, followed by XXXTENTACION, Ed Sheeran and...

  • Rihanna wants Trump to stop the music at his rallies

    Rihanna is really, really not okay with the US President Donald Trump using her music at political rallies. The recording artist on Sunday responded to a tweet by WaPo political journalist Philip Rucker who this weekend attended a rally in Tennessee. "Currently, Rihanna’s 'Don’t Stop the Music' is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it," he tweeted. But one person wasn't loving it. "Not for much longer," Rihanna replied, "me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies." Not for much longer...me nor my people would...

  • Music and lip syncing is coming to a Facebook profile near you

    This week Facebook is introducing a range of new music-related features to its platform. “Sometimes the right words to fit your mood, feeling, or personality can be hard to find,” the company stated in a blog post. To solve this apparent problem, Facebook will be implementing a Music feature in Stories, adding lyrics to Lip Sync Live and allow the use of songs in profiles. Music in Facebook Stories The Music feature for Facebook Stories is similar to Instagram's. With it you will be able to add songs to your Story updates from a library of music, and a sticker will be added...

  • ‘A talent has been taken’: South Africa pays tribute to HHP on Twitter

    South African rapper Jabulani Tsambo, better know as Hip Hop Pantsula, and HHP, has died at the age of 38. The well-known musician was reportedly suffering from depression, and was on Wednesday found dead at his home in Johannesburg. The star’s death was confirmed by his wife on scene yesterday afternoon. Some of HHP most popular songs included "Music and Lights", "Jabba" and "Mptise". Friends and fans of the musician expressed their shock and sorrow at the news on Twitter. I'm GUTTED. I went to high school with Jabs. I listened to him sing in the choir. We went to rugby training. I...

  • DStv subscribers can stream JOOX music at no additional cost

    If you're a DStv subscriber, and just happen to be looking for a streaming music service, you can now stream local and international music for free via JOOX. In an announcement, DStv revealed the offer is open for up to four family members of Premium, Compact and Compact Plus customers at no extra cost. “JOOX is a music streaming app that gives you access to thousands of music libraries and playlists on your iOS or Android mobile device,” the company explained. To get your free access, all you have to do as a qualifying subscriber is download the JOOX app and enter...

  • Twitter’s new favourite Ariana Grande song is ‘pete davidson’

    Today on internet-famous-relationships-that-probably-moved-too-fast, recording artist Ariana Grande and SNL star Pete Davidson have called off their engagement. The news broke via TMZ late on Sunday, with the publication suggesting that the duo felt it "simply was not the right time for their relationship to take off". This comes after the two announced their shock engagement in May, which signaled the beginning of the internet's real love affair with the duo. But, now that the relationship is reportedly through, and the duo have matching tattoos, Twitter feels that Ariana Grande may have to deal with another problem: her song, titled "pete davidson". While Sweetener,...

  • Amy Winehouse will tour next year (as a hologram)

    Amy Winehouse will be making a comeback via hologram when Base Hologram takes her on tour with a live band next year. “Utilizing new state-of-the-art proprietary technology, the production will launch towards the end of 2019. Featuring digitally remastered arrangements of her classics,” the company announced on its website. The R&B jazz singer, who died back in 2011, will be the latest deceased star to perform on stage, with the likes of Tupac and Michael Jackson having appeared before. According to Base Holograms, the tour will raise funds towards The Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity in the singer’s name that helps to...

  • 11 songs from Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ hit Billboard Hot 100 chart

    Practically every track bar two interludes on Eminem's Kamikaze have charted on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Released at the end of August to everyone's surprise, Kamikaze has also claimed the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, giving Em his ninth in that regard. Notably though, the album has sold more than 400 000 equivalent album units to date, while two tracks feature in the top 10 of the Hot 100. These are, unsurprisingly, "Lucky You" and "The Ringer" -- two tracks Eminem uses to call out a slew of other rappers, journalists and the US presidency. Of course. Eminem...

  • Cardi B hurls shoes at Nicki Minaj during New York Fashion Week party

    Nicki Minaj and Cardi B reportedly traded blows at a party during New York Fashion Week. The rappers, who have enjoyed an ongoing mutual dislike, were involved in a heated exchange on Friday night. "Cardi and Nicki both showed up at the Harper's Bazaar's bash. Nicki was with her crew at a table, when Cardi 'aggressively approached the table' ... this according to eyewitnesses," TMZ reported. "We're told Cardi said, 'Let me tell you something' ... as she lunged toward Nicki, but security stopped her inches from contact." If that wasn't enough, Cardi B also reportedly hurled her shoes at Nicki Minaj. Footage of...

  • Hozier releases new music after four-year break

    Hozier, who brought us "Take Me To Church", is back with another EP, his first in four years in fact. Released on Thursday, Nina Cried Power is a four song EP of signature folk, soul, rock, rhythm and blues. Fans waited eagerly for the release and were not disappointed, with many calling it a spiritual experience. everybody say thank u hozier — julia (@tngjulia) September 6, 2018 holy shit, @hozier, dude, this new EP is unreal. chills, pure and simple. everyone go and listen to Nina Cried Power immediately! — 🌸 happy beeps 🌸 (@RobHand) September 6, 2018 @Hozier has walked out of the woods and...