The Week in Music Business:
Sprite has named the “next generation of hot hip-hop artists” as Kamaiyah, Lil Yachty, Vic Mensa, Vince Staples, Kap G, and D.R.A.M. All six artists will have their own Sprite cans, as well as feature in Sprite commercials (pictured above). Watch the Vince Staples ad below:
The Week in Music Politics:
This week Chance the Rapper was awarded the Humanitarian Award at the 2017 BET Awards, and he was introduced by Michelle Obama:
“We have known Chance and his family since he was a wee little baby rapper… Time and again he has been standing up, speaking out, and doing the work to get kids in our community the education they deserve. And with these passionate efforts, Chance is showing our young people that they matter, that they have something inside of them that is worthy of being expressed, and that they have so much to contribute to their communities and to our country…I am thrilled to celebrate you here to tonight and honored to call you my friend.”
In other awards news, Nicki Minaj was given the key to Queens, NY this week. I didn’t even know such a key existed for the New York City borough, but congrats!
The Week in Music Beefs:
Legendary DJ deadmau5 has commented on his opinion of the Chainsmokers, a love ’em or hate ’em pop-duo that took the charts earlier this year with their song “Closer.” Out of nowhere, the DJ tweeted: “sorry, i just made the terrible mistake of listening to a Chainsmokers song. at least the first 6 seconds of it… i [sic] used to just say you were shit for fun. now im [sic] 100% convinced you’re shit.” I wouldn’t say I’m a fan either, but I’m not 100% sure they’re shit. Maybe just like 80%.
The Week in Music Oddities:
The xx have cancelled their Night + Day Festival in Iceland. Set the feature Sampha, Earl Sweatshirt, Kamasi Washington, and a performance from the The xx, the recent addition of the festival grounds to the Environment Agency of Iceland’s list of endangered areas has caused the festival to shut down. You can read the full statement here.
The Week in Music Releases:
- Jay-Z – 4:44
- Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
- TLC – TLC
- Coldplay – Kaleidoscope EP
- Iggy Azalea – Digital Distortion
- MC Eiht – Which Way Iz West
- Washed Out – Mister Mellow
Lastly, here’s a video of a gorilla dancing to “She’s A Maniac” by Hall & Oates:
If that’s not enough for you, here’s a video of a dog entering an Orchestra Concert on stage in Vienna and just laying down right in the middle of all the action: