Pop Smoke’s Posthumous ‘Boogie’ Track ‘AP’ Is Here: Stream It Now

Pop Smoke left us much too early, killed during a home invasion in February 2020 at the age of just 20.

The New York artist gave us a glimpse at what we’re missing with his posthumous debut album Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, which led the Billboard 200 chart, and all the songs from it impacted the Hot 100.

Pop Smoke will make a posthumous acting debut in the film Boogie, Eddie Huang’s coming-of-age story of Queens basketball prodigy Alfred “Boogie” Chin, in which the rapper plays on-court rival Monk.

The Brooklyn native also has a song on the soundtrack, “AP,” which dropped at midnight and can be streamed in full below.

Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak Are Teaming on a New Band Silk Sonic

If Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak gave the impression they’ve been chilling while the pandemic passes, they haven’t.

The dynamite duo are Grammy winners as solo artists. It turns out, they’ve used this slow time to collaborate on a new act named Silk Sonic, the first music for which will drop in a matter of days.

“We locked in and made an album,” Mars tweeted. “The band’s called Silk Sonic. First song drops next Friday 3/5.”

We haven’t heard from Mars since 2019 when he guested on Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project track, “Blow”. The R&B and pop singer’s last solo album proper was 2016’s 24K Magic.

Paak, the master multi-instrumentalist from California, last dropped an LP in 2019, Ventura.

Check out Mars’ announcement below.

Billie Eilish Performs ‘Ilomilo’ In Front of L.A. Skyline, Cries Over Favorite Fan Moment at ‘Blurry’ Live Premiere

For the live premiere of her documentary The World’s a Little Blurry, Billie Eilish took it to where it all started  — at home in Los Angeles.

On Thursday (Feb. 25), the 19-year-old global sensation was driving her “Dragon,” aka her matte black Dodge Challenger that she received as a gift for her 17th birthday, around her beloved hometown at dusk.

“L.A. really just formed who I was, having everything right at my hands. I mean, it still took work and stuff, but I think it helped a lot,” Eilish later told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe during the interview portion of the premiere, which fans streamed for free on Apple TV, Apple Music or Eilish’s YouTube channel. “And L.A. is just beautiful and home to me. I’ve never lived anywhere else.”

She pulls up right next to her brother and hitmaker-in-crime Finneas, who’s playing “ilomilo” on a sky blue piano that would’ve matched the sky earlier in the day. The “Therefore I Am” singer walks out wearing the Gucci x North Face puffer jacket and matching bucket hat, but her easily recognizable neon green hair still peeks out from underneath and frames her face, which sometimes goes out of focus to reveal the L.A. skyline behind her.

Following her stripped-down performance of the track from her blockbuster debut album Where We All Sleep, Where Do We Go?, the Grammy-winning singer plops down right next to Lowe in a comfy chair setup in the same sky blue shade as her microphone and Finneas’ piano. The two launch into the interview segment by discussing how she landed on the title of her Apple TV+ documentary, which is derived from the second verse of “ilomilo.”

“We just went through all of my songs and just looked through and saw if there was anything or if it sparked an idea,” she says. “And The World’s a Little Blurry, it kind of felt like it encapsuled (sic) the film in a way and the time of my life that the film took place, of just crazy things happening while I was also going through puberty and learning about being a teenager and fame.”

Part of striking that balance between being an ordinary teenager and a global superstar included putting off shows for driver’s ed. “All of these insane things were happening in my life that are monumental moments in anybody’s career…. But at the same time, I was like, ‘I want to get my license,'” she explains. “I want to do things because I was growing up….  I’ve wanted to drive my whole life.”

But what the film’s director R. J. Cutler found fascinating about this ying-yang coming-of-age narrative about Billie Eilish the artist and Billie Eilish the woman was how it took place within context of the larger “miraculous” family story. “How is it possible that Billie and Finneas do this work together? How is it possible that they’re two prodigies that come from the same parents?” Cutler tells Lowe in a previously recorded interview that plays on a big on-site screen adjacent the star of the film herself.

There are seven Grammy Awards between both siblings from last year alone at the 2020 Grammys, including all Big Four categories. Eilish and Finneas are up for record and song of the year again at the 2021 Grammys for “Everything I Wanted” and scored an additional nod for best song written for visual media for their James Bond theme “No Time To Die.” It’s not lost on anyone that the majority of the brother-sister duo’s highly lauded recordings came straight from Finneas’ bedroom in their Highland Park home, their dearest studio the two haven’t outgrown in the years since both of their musical careers have taken off.

As fans marvel at Eilish growing up in front of their eyes over the three years it took to film Blurry, starting when she was 15, 16 years old, she’s fascinated with how they’ve grown up right beside her.

“Something I’ve loved so much in this whole process… is the fact that I’ve literally grown up with my fans. We’ve grown up together,” she says. “When I was doing shows at 14, they were 14, a lot of them. And then I was 15, and they were 15. Especially when I would do shows in the same place like a year later, I’d see the same kids and they’d be so different. And we’d be so different, but we’d be still in sync.”

Shortly after showing the final clip of the doc where Eilish wraps her arms around fans during a live show and the camera pans to some of their tear-stained faces, the “Everything I Wanted” singer sheds tears of her own while telling the story, for the first time in public, her all-time favorite fan moment to end the premiere before fans rushed to stream Blurry.

“My favorite fan moment was I was in a store over a year ago, and I was just with a couple of my friends. And there was nobody in the store, I was just looking at clothes. And there was this girl across the room. And she walked in with somebody. I’m like gonna cry thinking about it. And she looked at me, and I looked at her. And I just smiled at her. And she ran to me, and she jumped in my arms and she hugged me, and I held her. And she cried. And we didn’t say a word. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced,” she recalls emotionally. “There’s nothing like that. They do that for me. And if I can be a little safety blanket for them, then I want to be that.”

Then from within the Dragon, Eilish leaves loving, parting words to her fans before driving away, leaving L.A. and the crystal clear night skyline behind her.

Kanye West Spent Millions of His Own Money on Presidential Campaign

Kanye West Spent more than $12 million of his own money in his 2020 presidential campaign, his final Federal Election Commission report reveals.

The superstar artist spent $13.2 million in full and raised more than $2 million from 3,047 individual contributions. He ended the race with $1.3 million cash on hand. People first reported the news.

A snapshot of West’s contributors’ professions provides some insight into the citizens backing his campaign. More than one third — 1,191 — self-identified as students, pitching in $60 to $4,220. More than 20% identified as self-employed and nearly 11% as not-employed.

The majority of West’s campaign funds went to “ballot access” services and consulting. After entering the race in July, missing numerous deadlines to appear on state ballots, West qualified for ballot access in 12 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Vermont.

His second largest single expense of $918,130 went to Los Angeles Apparel for campaign apparel.

West managed to earn 66,636 total votes for about 0.04% of votes nationally, according to an NBC News report on Dec 10, earning him a sixth place finish among all candidates.

Live Nation Expects to Ramp Up Business in Three Months With Government Green Light

Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino shared new information Thursday (Feb. 25) about the company’s plans for the return of live music. Once the concert promoter gets government approval to operate above a 50% capacity in the majority of territories where it hosts concerts, Rapino estimates the rehiring of employees and rescaling of the company will take three months.

“We’ve been talking to our global employees about that kind of timeline when we can [promote] our first show at scale,” Rapino told analysts and investors on a company conference call Thursday for the company’s year-end earnings report. During the three-month period, the company will “start bringing back marketing, production [and] all the kind venue functions” adding that the company can expect to ramp up “between the onsale or the announcement and the actual show.”

On Monday (Feb. 22) U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson released a roadmap for the return of live music with indoor concerts allowed to resume at a reduced capacity in May and full scale return to normalcy with no restrictions on public gathering by late June.

The U.K. plan is contingent on the continued efficacy of the country’s vaccination efforts and no further surges in hospitalizations.

Much of Live Nation’s hope for a return to touring is tied to the distribution of vaccines to the public, an effort that will hopefully speed up following an expected emergency authorization for a new single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine that could be approved by the FDA as soon as Friday.

Rapino also shared an infographic created by his company highlighting the company’s sales pitch for the full scale return to touring which he hopes will be fully underway by 2022.

According to the graphic, two times as many artists are expected to tour in 2022 as did in 2019 and Rapino noted that the company’s portfolio of venues has plenty of availability, noting only one-third of available nights have been booked for 2022.

Rapino also pointed to the success of recent sales for the Leeds and Reading (both Aug. 27-29) festivals in the U.K., noting both went on sale recent and collectively sold 100,000 tickets in 72 hours. “Creamfields went on sale and sold out in 48 hours, over 70,000 [tickets],” Rapino said. [Fans] have been excited to get back to the show as soon as we get the green lights in these markets to open up.”

9 Things We Learned From Billie Eilish’s ‘The World’s A Little Blurry’ Documentary

Billie Eilish may only be 19, but her first documentary is over two hours long.

The first half focuses on everything before Eilish released her record-smashing debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, while everything post-intermission (yes, there is an intermission) shows how her personal and professional life got even crazier after its release.

The uniting thread through it all is that, despite the lengthy run time that flies by, there’s no agenda-pushing or forced plot — the film rather centers on the drama built into being a teen, superstar or not. From capturing Eilish’s previously private relationship and its end, to watching her mom, Maggie, toss her daughter’s custom Louis Vuitton outfit into their outdoor washing machine the day after Billie’s album came out, the film is packed with the most humanizing moments in what has been a whirlwind few years for the artist and her family.

Perhaps the best part, though, is that instead of glossing over some of the most painful moments — quite literally, like the time Eilish sprained her ankle within seconds of starting a sold-out Milan concert to the time she forgot the words to a song during her Coachella debut — the documentary unpacks them for what they are.

In doing so, The World’s a Little Blurry is a refreshing return to the documentary as a vehicle for unveiling, unlike many celebrity documentaries of late that more so double as concert films or hype-reels. Despite how often Eilish has talked about her family, mental health journey and concerns over cancel culture, the film manages to show, not tell, how these topics have impacted and continue to impact her as both a teenager and public figure.

Ahead of the documentary’s arrival Friday in select theaters and streaming on Apple TV+, here are the nine most surprising things we learned.

At One Point, Billie Didn’t Want to Make a Second Album

While showing the process of making When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, the fun-filled goofy dynamic often seen between her and Finneas momentarily falls to the sidelines, exposing a tenser dynamic as creative collaborators, with Finneas pushing for structure and Eilish feeling consumed by doubt. At one point, Finneas compares managing expectations of his sister and her label, Darkroom/Interscope, to navigating a minefield. Meanwhile, Eilish says she hates the deadline they’ve been given, which happens to be just before her 17th birthday, as it introduces more pressure. She also admits to hating writing songs, which Finneas believes is because she’s “so woke” about her online persona and afraid of anything she says or creates being hated. Much of this conversation casually unfolds in their kitchen, as their mom, Maggie, dries dishes nearby. The chat ends in the definitive (though since disproven) statement from Eilish: “I’m not going to make another album.”

She’s Always Been Meticulous About Her Vision

By now, Eilish’s music video for “When the  Party’s Over” has been viewed nearly 670 million times on YouTube. But before the clip, in which black liquid streams from her eyes, became a reality, she directed her mom to act out exactly how it should all go down while seated at a table in their backyard (meanwhile, her dad is seen in the background picking up dog poop). Eilish gets down to such specifics, like telling her mom which hand to pick up the glass from, while capturing it all to send to the video director. But once on set, things don’t run as smoothly as planned, and by the end of the shoot, Eilish tells Darkroom label head Justin Lubliner, “I’m directing all my videos by myself.” And she has, collecting credits on the music videos for “Xanny,” “Everything I Wanted” and “Therefore I Am.”

Maggie Is Her Moral Compass

While workshopping the somber, aching “Listen Before I Go,” Maggie asks, “You’re going that dark? … You’re seriously talking about jumping off the roof?” to which Eilish reasons it’s better to have music and songwriting as her outlet, to say it through this song than to act on it. Later, while discussing the anti-drug track “Xanny,” in which Interscope’s Chelsea Dodson (creative content) points out the potential down-the-road backlash if Eilish ever changes her stance, Maggie replies: “You’ve got a whole army of people helping you not destroy your life like people have done before you.” Elsewhere, Maggie acknowledges, “It’s a hard time for teenagers… There’s a lot to be depressed about right now,” citing everything from having parents who lived through the recession, living in a culture with an opioid and drug epidemic, facing the possible destruction of the planet, and an intense political and racist climate. “People are like, ‘Billie Eilish’s music is depressing,’” she says. “It’s like, no, kids are depressed.”

Her Relationship Unraveled as Her Career Was Skyrocketing

Throughout the doc, fans are given the most up-close-and-personal look into Eilish’s past relationship with Q, who is shown at such major life moments as Eilish’s 17th birthday and Coachella debut. Before she hits the stage, he’s seen helping select an outfit and suggest hairstyles while she sings to him in her trailer (meanwhile, a tense Maggie watches from the doorway, stressing about time). Elsewhere, Eilish and Q are heard saying “I love you” on phone calls and making semi-firm plans, most of which seem to leave Eilish wanting more from him. He’s nowhere to be found after her Coachella set (during which she was hooked up to oxygen after her weekend one gig, feeling less than thrilled with how the show went) and she reveals later on she’s tried to get him to go to therapy. Later, while discussing their breakup — citing that they wanted different things and saying she can’t fault him for that — she sings along with her best friend to Tove Lo’s “Glad He’s Gone.”

She Didn’t Realize Who Orlando Bloom Was When She First Met Him

Prior to her Coachella set, Eilish is visited by Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom. Perry is heard telling the young superstar: “This is going to be wild for 10 years if you ever want to talk… It’s a weird ride.” Later, Eilish is seen sitting with her brother and his girlfriend, Claudia, as they pull up a Google image search of Orlando Bloom. Eilish then realizes who he is and what films he has starred in, much to her surprise. Fortunately, she and Bloom have a second encounter just before she’s about to perform when he runs backstage to use the restroom and kindly asks her to hold the show so he doesn’t miss a thing.

Justin Bieber Wanted to Be on Her Debut

Eilish’s die-hard fandom for Bieber is no secret. And while his feature on the “Bad Guy” remix fulfilled her wildest childhood hopes and dreams, it turns out Bieber first suggested he guest on her debut album. During a call with Lubliner, the label head tells Eilish, “Justin is fanboying over you right now.” She asks how she should reply to a DM from the pop star that read, “I want to be on your album,” which at that point was coming out in just three days. Lubliner asks if she would want to do a new song with him post-album release, and she says with a nervous smile she doesn’t want to work with him (due to nerves). Instead, they suggest a remix of “Bad Guy” — and Eilish says she’ll be thrilled if all he sings is the word “poop.” Not long after, she and Bieber met for the first time during the second weekend of Coachella. While back at the hotel, Eilish read a new message from him aloud to her family (her dad can be seen rocking a Phoebe Bridgers shirt). “You carry a heavy calling,” it said.

He Also FaceTimed Her on Grammys Night

Sure enough, that’s not the last we hear of Bieber. He also FaceTimed Eilish following her historic Grammys Big Four sweep (she became the youngest artist and first woman to win all four general field categories in one night). “Answer it,” someone instructed as Eilish squeals at the call. As Bieber’s face appears on her phone screen, he says, “I’m proud of you.” He then asks to speak to Finneas, who yells out that he doesn’t have pants on, to which his sister replies, “But it’s Justin Bieber!”

She’s Prioritizing Physical and Mental Well Being — And Keeping Family Close

After Eilish sprains her ankle during her Milan show, her mom reinforces the idea that she has to strengthen her body every day to keep up with the demands of such high-energy performances night after night. “We’re trying to heal your body,” she says, to which Eilish replies: “My body’s always going to be broke, even if we heal it. When something breaks a bunch of times, it’s broken.” She’s soon after shown flipping through an old journal, in which she wrote: “This blade can do so much… so much power in my hands… but how deep do I go?” Eilish says that page was the peak of her depression, when she was 14 or 15, recalling how she had razors and band-aids hidden in her room. Earlier in the film, days after Eilish and Bieber met at Coachella, Maggie recalled how obsessed Eilish was with him growing up. “He’s just been through so much,” she says. “I honestly don’t know how any artist of any age with this kind of trajectory is doing it without a parent, without someone who loves you more than life itself and would do anything for you. You can’t pay someone to do that.”

This Color May Usher In Her Next Era

The opening credits of the film are, shockingly, not lime-green-colored. Instead, they’re a light blue that fades into a deeper, purplish hue. Eilish already owned a grayish-blue hue just a few years ago, and she’s also teased to give fans a “new era” with this next project. And though fans online are speculating the color red may dominate, the color of the credits begs the question: Could we be getting a purple look in the near future?

Clarence Avant’s Son, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie & More Wish ‘Black Godfather’ a Happy 90th Birthday

Clarence Avant, nicknamed the “Godfather of Black Music,” turned 90 years old on Thursday (Feb. 25), and his son Alex took to Instagram to celebrate the major milestone.

After revealing that his legendary dad does not have an Instagram account, he captioned a series of sweet father-son photos with that caption, “As a son, I couldn’t have asked for a greater gift with having you as a father. Knowing that a lot of black kids in particular don’t ever get a chance to know their father for whatever reason makes me feel blessed beyond measure.”

“Your generosity is rare and should be studied. Your ability to personally find positive solutions for thousands of people including myself when things look dark is magical,” he continued. “I’ve been exposed to some of the most fascinating experiences life can offer as a kid. Coming from Greensboro North Carolina (Climax) who would have known that you would quietly have your hands in some of the most profound moments in entertainment, politics and sports history. I’m hoping this birthday brings you all the joy. You couldn’t be more thoughtful and I couldn’t be more grateful. Your strength, your wisdom, your laughter makes life on this earth much brighter and it’s all locked inside me forever . Even getting cursed out a zillion times (haha) was an indirect blessing. We learn from yesterday, we live for today, and we hope for tomorrow. Here’s a message for you Dad, ‘It’s all about the numbers’ well Happy 90th birthday Dad.”

See the post here.

Beneath the post, a number of celebrities flooded the comments section with birthday wishes for the former artist manager, label executive, radio broadcaster, music publisher, powerhouse negotiator, social activist/philanthropist and Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee.

“A big Happy Birthday to your incredible dad @iamalexavant,” Latoya Jackson commented.

VerifiedNo IG account, but he’s got an accoplished [sic] OG account,” Quincy Jones cleverly wrote.

“Happy Birthday Godfather!!!” Kuk Harrell wrote.

“Happy bday pops! Legend,” Marlon Wayans added.

Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, wrote, “Happy Birthday,” with a crown and heart eyes emoji.

Over on Twitter, Queen Latifah, Kevin Hart, Lionel Richie and more shared photos with the Godfather along with loving messages. See them below.