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Meek Mill granted retrial in decade-long legal case, launches Dream Chasers Records with Jay Z

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A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled unanimously on Wednesday to overturn Meek Mill‘s conviction in the 2007 legal case that has kept the local rapper on probation for the last decade. After years of legal battles, including spending five months in 2017-2018 incarcerated on a parole violation, Meek Mill will now be granted a retrial. District Attorney Larry Krasner has not yet decided whether or not to drop the case. Continue reading →

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Pusha T, 6ix9ine, LilSkies, and Daniel Caesar added to Jay Z’s Made In America lineup

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There has been a great deal of conversation surrounding Jay Z’s Made In America on whether or not the annual music festival would continue to be held on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Luckily the city of Philadelphia decided to keep the festival in place (read about it here), and in further good news, the festival announced a bunch of new artists this week. 

Joining the Labor Day Weekend event are Pusha T, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lil Skies and Daniel Caesar. They will be performing alongside powerhouse artists such as Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Meek Mill, Diplo and more. Continue reading →

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Heavyhitters Jay Z and J. Cole join Solange, Sampha, Lizzo and more at Made In America 2017

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Christmas comes only once a year? False. See: Made in America announcement day. Philadelphia’s Labor Day party is back for another round, and with the announcement of this year’s lineup, we imagine the entire city is excited.

Headlining performances from Jay Z (obviously), J.Cole and The Chainsmokers top of the list of 50+ artists, with featured performances from Run The Jewels, Solange, Lizzo, SamphaMigos, and a heck of a lot more. The local scene is also well represented, as PNB RockBeach Slang, Mannequin Pussy and Queen of Jeans nab some earlier spots.

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Just Announced: Jay Z brings his Magna Carta World Tour to the Wells Fargo Center on 1/29

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After wrapping his second annual Made in America Festival over Labor Day weekend, Jay Z has announced a North American leg of his Magna Carta World Tour that brings him to the Wells Fargo Center on January 29th.

Jay (born Shawn Carter) released his Magna Carta Holy Grail record earlier this summer, timing it pretty well to get hype alongside Kanye West’s rival Yeezus.  If that timing felt like the pair were playing leap frog for attention, how about this: Jay Z’s announcement comes mere minutes after West’s declaration of his own first solo tour in five years.

But whether that’s a calculated tactic to keep pace with West or just a coincidence, a Jay Z solo tour is big news for fans.  Especially for those who were at Carter’s August date with Justin Timberlake; the Legends of the Summer show was a top notch spectacle that was purportedly “the climax of the summer of 2013 in Philly.”  Tickets and information for the 2014 date go on sale September 12th and will be available here.  Watch Jay z’s video for “Holy Grail below.

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Watch an alien hula hoop in Jay Som’s latest music video

Jay Som | photo by Lindsey Byrnes | courtesy of the artist

Melina Duterte, better known as Jay Som, will release her new album on August 23rd. Duterte has previously shared two tracks off Anak Ko, “Superbike” and “Tenderness.” Today the Oakland indie pop star has shared another taste of the record and a wild video to go with it. Dancing aliens are the industry’s latest marketing ploy, and honestly they’re working.

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Jay Som reflects on love in the digital age on funky new single “Tenderness”

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Social media is a tough thing to navigate. It gets even more complicated when you add crushes and relationships to the equation. On her latest single, Oakland indie pop star Jay Som, explores the muddiness of love in the digital age. “Tenderness” is the second taste of Jay Som’s upcoming album Anak Ko. The song and its accompanying video reflect the haziness of social media as well as the brightness of budding romance.

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Watch a trailer for Meek Mill’s Jay-Z-produced docuseries Free Meek

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Philly rapper Meek Mill has had a wild career. Following run-ins with the law from his youth and into his adulthood, Mill has seen the dark side of the legal system and is ready to expose its flaws. Teaming up with Jay-Z, Mill has just announced Free Meek, a five-episode docu-series chronicling Mill’s fight for exoneration in his legal case while exposing the broader flaws of the U.S. criminal justice system. Continue reading →

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Jay Som dreams of a “Superbike” to escape from heartbreak on new single

Jay Som | photo by Lindsey Byrnes | courtesy of the artist

Melina Duterte, better known as Indie-pop artist Jay Som, has just announced the upcoming release of her sophomore LP Anak Ko on August 23. Her official debut album Everybody Works came out in 2017 and got her name into the alternative scene. In promotion of her new music, she’ll be touring internationally this fall, stopping by The Foundry on October 29. This week she shared the record’s first single, “Superbike.” Continue reading →

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NON-COMM Recap: Jay Farrar is cool, calm, and soulful on the NPR Music stage

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Jay Farrar‘s soulful folk sound graced the NPR Music stage Friday afternoon for the last day of NonCOMM. While he softly strummed his acoustic guitar, his Son Volt bandmate Mark Spencer backed him up on electric. He harmonized with Farrar on a few songs; their vocals joined beautifully together for the chorus of “Devil May Care.” Continue reading →