Juice WRLD’s final posthumous album is “in the works”

Juice WRLD‘s final posthumous album will arrive soon, as confirmed by the late rapper’s friend and Grade A Productions label head Lil Bibby.

Bibby shared a video of the rapper in the studio on his Instagram on Saturday (February 4) and wrote in the caption that he wanted the album to feel like “a celebration/party”.

“The Last Juice WRLD Album is in the works,” Bibby wrote. “Let’s celebrate the life of Juice. No more mourning, I want everyone that Juice loved while he was here to help celebrate, especially his fans who he loved!”

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He continued: “You guys have been the best fans an artist can have (Minus the death threats to Bibby). I’m not gonna complain but i’ll jus say this is not easy. We miss you, We love you 999 til the world ends.”

Juice WRLD passed away in December 2019 after suffering a drug-induced seizure at Chicago’s Midway airport, nine months after the release of his second album, ‘Death Race For Love’. He was 21.

Since then, a posthumous album called ‘Legends Never Die’ was released in 2020. His second posthumous album, ‘Fighting Demons’, arrived in December 2021. The following February, two previously unreleased Juice WRLD tracks were shared called ‘Go Hard 2.0’ and ‘Cigarettes’.

‘Fighting Demons’, which features guest appearances from the likes of EminemJustin Bieber and BTS’ Suga, was originally released to tie in with the HBO-produced documentary titled Into the Abyss.

Last summer, Chicagoan viral rap star Polo G used his main stage set at Reading Festival 2022 (August 26) to pay tribute to Juice WRLD.

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During his set, he asked his DJ to play Juice WRLD‘s ‘Armed And Dangerous’ in full, rapping along and inviting the crowd to do the same. Afterwards, he briefly gave an earnest “R.I.P J Dawg, man” to acknowledge the lost life of the influential rapper.

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Matthew McConaughey to voice Elvis Presley in Netflix animated series

Matthew McConaughey is set to voice Elvis Presley in new animated series Agent Elvis on Netflix.

The trailer for the new series has just been released, after it was greenlit in 2019. Agent Elvis will premiere next month.

“Elvis Presley trades in his jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves – all while holding down his day job as the King of Rock and Roll,” reads the series logline, according to Variety.

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Agent Elvis was co-created by Priscilla Presley, Presley’s widow, and John Eddie. Mike Arnold serves as showrunner and headwriter for the show.

“From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do just that,” said Priscilla at the time of the show’s announcement.

Take a look at the trailer for Agent Elvis here:

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Meanwhile, Austin Butler who played Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s 2021 biopic, say he may have damaged his vocal cords while filming.

Butler, along with using his own singing voice, adopted a Tennessee accent for the role – which has since stuck and become a talking point following appearances at the Golden Globes.

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“I’m getting rid of the accent, but I have probably damaged my vocal cords with all that singing,” Butler said. “One song took 40 takes.”

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Questlove on why Will Smith wasn’t in the 2023 Grammys’ hip-hop tribute

Questlove has explained why Will Smith didn’t appear in the hip-hop medley at last night’s Grammy Awards.

The musician helped to curate the performance, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of hip-hop’s beginnings and brought together some of the genre’s biggest names. Missy Elliott, Future and GloRilla were among the performers, alongside the likes of De La Soul, Lil Wayne, Public Enemy, Run-DMC and Salt-N-Pepa.

The performance featured snippets of numerous iconic songs, from the genre’s early days to now, and was introduced by LL Cool J, while Black Thought served as the narrator. Among the performances were Run-DMC’s ‘King Of Rock’, LL Cool J’s ‘Rock The Bells’, Queen Latifah’s ‘U.N.I.T.Y.’ and Missy Elliott’s ‘Lose Control’. Representing modern-day hip-hop, Lil Baby delivered a clip of ‘Freestyle’, while GloRilla helped bring things to a wrap with ‘F.N.F. (Let’s Go)’.

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Smith might have been expected to appear in the medley, but was noticeably absent. However, Questlove later explained his absence, and mentioned that he was “99.4 committed” to be a part of the performance.

“They started shooting Bad Boys 4 this week, so he couldn’t make rehearsals.” Questlove clarified to Entertainment Tonight. “He wanted to do it.”

Smith infamously slapped Chris Rock on-stage during last year’s Oscars ceremony following a joke about his wife Jada’s shaved head. At the time, Rock was about to present the award for Best Documentary, which Questlove went on to win for his film Summer Of Soul. The documentary celebrates the oft-overlooked 1969 music festival, The Harlem Cultural Festival.

Smith went on to apologise to Questlove as well as to Rock, his family and Rock’s family in an emotional video posted last July. “It really breaks my heart to have stolen and tarnished your moment,” Smith said to his “fellow nominees” in the video. “I can still see Questlove’s eyes. It happened on Questlove’s award, and you know, it’s like, ‘I’m sorry’ really isn’t sufficient.”

Following the incident, Smith resigned from the Academy in April 2022. He was later banned from all Academy events for 10 years.

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Rock joked about the Oscars slap during a stand-up set with Dave Chappelle in May, where he remarked: “I got smacked by the softest n***a that ever rapped.”

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Linkin Park announce release of never-heard-before song ‘Lost’

Linkin Park have announced the release of a new song titled ‘Lost’ – listen to a clip below.

The band shared the news on social media earlier today (February 6), writing: ““Lost,” a new, never-before-heard song from the Meteora archives. Out Friday, February 10th.”

The track will arrive ahead of the 20th anniversary of ‘Meteora’, which was the band’s second studio album, featuring hits like ‘Numb’ and ‘Somewhere I Belong’.

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Fans have been speculating Linkin Park could be gearing up to release an expanded version of ‘Meteora’ in honour of the album’s 20th anniversary.

Last month, Linkin Park posted a countdown on their website, which expired on February 1. This was then replaced by an interactive puzzle which fans have been scouring for clues.

Back in 2020, the band reissued debut album ‘Hybrid Theory’ across multiple formats. The anniversary edition of that record featured unreleased tracks.

Last May, they unveiled a new, deluxe edition of their 2007 album ‘Minutes To Midnight’. 

Linkin Park have been on hiatus since the 2017 death of frontman Chester Bennington, but last year said they planned to communicate with their fans “a little more regularly” moving forward.

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It comes after Shinoda told fans that the band’s survivng members were still in regular contact. “The only Linkin Park news I have for you is that… Yeah, we talk every few weeks – I talk to the guys, or some of the guys,” Shinoda said on a Twitch stream last Spring. “And there’s no tours, there’s no music, there’s no albums in the pipeline. Okay, so let me just tell you that. So just keep in your minds that that is not happening.”

“I’m just gonna say that much for now,” he continued. “I say that because anytime the band says anything or does anything, everyone tries to start up the hype train, and we’re, like, ‘No, no, no, no. Don’t start up the hype train.’ You’re gonna disappoint yourself. Don’t do that.”

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Trevor Noah makes Grammys joke about Harry Styles’ “panties”

Trevor Noah made a joke about Harry Styles as part of his monologue at the Grammys.

The comedian hosted last night’s (February 5) 65th Annual Grammy Awards, which saw Styles take home the big prize of Album Of The Year for Harry’s House, as well as wins for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

As part of his opening, Noah made quips about a number of stars in attendance, at one point going over to Styles to praise his success.

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“Women throw their panties at this man and then he puts them on and he looks better in them than they do,” he joked.

“Easily the world’s sexiest man. He’s the sex symbol of the globe, especially now that they’ve killed off the green M&M. No competition,” he added, referencing the recent scandal over the redesign of the green M&M.

Speaking after winning Album Of The Year, Styles said: “I’ve been so, so inspired by every artist in this category with me at a lot of different times in my life. I listen to everyone in this category when I’m alone.

“I think on nights like tonight, it’s obviously so important for us to remember there’s no such thing as best in music. I don’t think any of us sit in the studio making decisions based on what is gonna get us one of these. This is really, really kind. I’m so, so grateful. This doesn’t happen to people like me very often and this is so, so nice. Thank you very much.”

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During his monologue, Noah also praised Beyoncé‘s album ‘Renaissance’, quipping: “Her album ‘Renaissance’ was better than anything from the actual Renaissance, in my opinion. The Renaissance was just pictures of grapes and stuff.”

During the ceremony Beyoncé broke the record for most decorated artist in Grammys history, surpassing classical musician Georg Solti’s record of 31 Grammys.

The ceremony was opened by Bad /Bunny with a performance of two songs from ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’, while Migos’ Quavo honoured late bandmate and nephew Takeoff during the In Memoriam segment. The ceremony also featured a star-studded celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, which featured stars including LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes.

There was also a win for an Iranian singer-songwriter, who took home the inaugural Best Song For Social Change Award, while Viola Davis achieved EGOT status. Kim Petras also paid tribute to SOPHIE as she became the first trans woman to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

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