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The NBA announced today that 2019 GRAMMY Award-nominated artist and North Carolina native J. Cole will take the court in his home state to headline the 2019 NBA All-Star Game halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Before the game, Meek Mill will take the stage for an exciting opening and entertaining introduction of the All-Star teams, followed by GRAMMY® Award winner and Charlotte-born Anthony Hamilton performing the U.S. national anthem. Multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen will perform the Canadian national anthem. The 68th NBA All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

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First, she had us Boo’d up now she has us Tripping, now Ella Mai is ready to give us more bops as she announced her debut self-titled album. Taking to Twitter, the Brittish singer unveiled the cover art and release date for her debut album.

Arriving October 12th, the 16-track LP is lead by the smash-hit “Boo’d Up” and the follow-up single “Trip.” The album is available for pre-order now on iTunes. Later this Fall Ella Mai will be joining Bruno Mars on select dates of his “24K Magic World Tour,” starting Oct. 4 in Brooklyn.

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This morning Maroon 5 was announced as 2019’s headliners for 2019 Superbowl Halftime. While no names have been confirmed, Cardi B and Travis Scott are on the short list to join the group. A rep for the band declined to comment. In a statement, the NFL said, “It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show. We are continuing to work with Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.”

During a 2015 interview with Howard Stern, Adam Levine admitted that the band “very actively wants to play the Super Bowl.” The 2019 Super Bowl will take place on Feb. 3 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.

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Eric Benet is joining forces with Faith Evans for a new joint tour The “Duets” tour. This new tour will feature an evening of the most popular R&B duets of all time, and their own hits as well. Eric Benet and Faith Evans will share a band and a spotlight, performing together throughout a continuous show spanning from the old school to the new school.

 

While the tour dates haven’t been announced yet, this once in a lifetime collaboration  will see both Artists hitting the studio together in advance of the tour as well.

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A month after releasing their sophomore project Morning After, OVO’s dvsn are gearing up to hit the road as the OVO duo announced their upcoming world tour.The 37-date trek is set to kick off on Jan. 21, making stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Chicago, New York City, and more.

Tickets for the “Morning After” world tour go on-sale this Friday, Nov. 10th. Check out the full dates below.

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Are you ready to ‘party’ with Chris Brown?

The singer has announced his new single ‘Party’ with Usher as well as Gucci Mane from his 8th studio album, provisionally titled Heartbreak on a Full Moon. There is no teaser as of yet, but this single is set to drop this Friday, Dec 16th, according to HHNM.

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Sam Smith

For a few weeks now it was rumored that Sam Smith will be the next artist to record the theme song for the upcoming James Bond movie, well today Sam Smith put those rumors to rest when he officially announced that he has recorded the next James Bond theme song, for the upcoming film SPECTRE. The song, which Smith wrote along with Jimmy Naples, is entitled “Writing’s On The Wall. The song is expected to be released on September 25th, and the new bond movie will hit theaters on November 6th.

“This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honored to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song,” said Smith. “I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.”

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Polow Da Don is impacting the music business, yet again, with a new production house & a new label deal from LA Reid’s recharged Epic Records. It’s going to be a huge year for those in this man’s vicinity. Already, the Zone 4 produced (Polow Da Don & Anonymous) “Anaconda” from Nicki Minaj’s latest LP…has knabbed both an MTV Video Music Award and BMI production award this year.

Widely known for his production for Ciara’s “Promise” to Ms. Fergie screaming his name at the beginning of her smash, “London Bridge,” Polow Da Don is a staple in the music industry and has indeed begun a legacy of pioneering sound. Polow’s unique ability to urbanize pop music, and bring mainstream success to urban artists, emphasizes that music essentially has no boundaries, and that hit records are driven by one thing, creative innovation.

Polow’s Zone 4 imprint has impacted the music space by birthing such artists as Keri Hilson, Ester Dean, Rich Boy and Roscoe Dash.