MISSY ELLIOTT PERFORMING AT HALF TIME OF SUPER BOWL

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Missy Elliott will be joining Katy Perry during Sunday’s halftime show. Missy is slated to make a surprise appearance during Katy’s performance at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Missy was featured on a remix to Katy’s 2011 hit “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”

While Missy hasn’t been officially announced by the NFL, Katy has confirmed that Lenny Kravitz will join her on stage.
Super Bowl XLIX airs Sunday at 3:30 p.m. EST on NBC.

PHARRELL HEADING TO SPRINGFIELD

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Pharrell Williams will make a cameo appearance as himself on the Feb 8th episode of The Simpsons. (FOX)
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LL COOL J TO HOST GRAMMY AWARDS AGAIN!

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For the fourth year in a row, LL Cool J will host the Grammy Awards. The Grammys have already announced that Common, Usher, Pharrell, John Legend, Sam Smith and more artists will perform during the night.

Tune in to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS, Sunday, February 8th, from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

1ST ANNUAL DILLA DAY ANNOUNCED

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HipHop DX reports The first annual Dilla Day LA will take place on February 13, 2015 at The Regent theater in Downtown, Los Angeles, California. Hosted by Dave New York, Dilla Day LA is a celebration of the life and music of the late J. Dilla, who passed away from Lupus-related complications in 2006. The event will feature performances by Elzhi, Bishop Lamont, J Rocc, Guilty Simpson, Frank Nitt, Phat Kat, Phoreyz, among others.

ARIANA GRANDE TO PERFORM AT NBA ALL STAR GAME

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Ariana will perform at half time of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. The game will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, Feb. 15, and air live on TNT at 8 p.m.

TYGA’S ALBUM DELAYED AGAIN

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Tyga’s upcoming album has once again been delayed. “The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty” was scheduled to drop on Jan. 27 via his label Last Kings, but it has been pushed back until further notice. Tyga attributed the delay to his ongoing battle with Cash Money.

J COLE AND DALE EARNHARDT ON ESPN COVER

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J. Cole gets in the driver’s seat alongside Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the cover of ESPN The Magazine. The rapper and NASCAR driver come together for the annual music issue—and it all started over a shoutout.

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At the end of the last track on J. Cole’s album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Cole shouts out Dale Jr., whom he’d never met until now. “Dale Earnhardt Jr. … That shit you said to me changed my life,” says Cole on “Note to Self.”

Cole heard Dale mention his song in an interview and decided to include him in his thank yous. “There was an interview Dale Jr. did that asked him what he plays before races, and he said ‘J. Cole ‘Power Trip,” which freaked me out! What is Dale Earnhardt Jr. doing playing my shit? How did he even find out about it?” said Cole.

“You don’t think somebody on that level would ever hear your stuff. From there, I never forgot. I was always like, ‘Yo, I ride with Dale Earnhardt Jr.’ So when I was picking a name, I chose his. And it worked out crazy. Everywhere I go now—the airport, the store—people say, ‘Yo, Cole, I love that album, bro, it’s a classic!’ And Dale Earnhardt Jr., it’s the first thing they bring up! It’s already a thing in hip-hop, already an inside joke that’s going to live forever.”
After hearing “Power Trip” on Pandora, Dale Jr. discovered that he and Cole were both from North Carolina. “I heard he had a new album, and it started popping up on my Twitter timeline that there was this shoutout. I was like, ‘Oh shit, what’s happening here?’ So I went and listened to it, and it was funny as hell! So I tweeted to him, ‘Man, that shit’s funny!’ And he retweeted it and thought it was cool.”

The two bonded over their North Carolina roots. “It’s a connection, a North Carolina connection, and he reps North Carolina in his music, and he’s proud of where he’s from and bringing recognition to Fayetteville. I’m proud of North Carolina too,” added Dale Jr.

But the two have more in common than you’d think. “NASCAR represents working-class people. It gives them something to tune in to every week and dream about. It’s not a bougie sport by any means. It’s not a rich sport by any means,” said Cole. “[Rap] culture has a lot in common with this culture and doesn’t know it. And this culture doesn’t know it either. It could change the world if they were to ever merge and really become friends.” (RapUp.com)

D’ANGELO COMING TO SNL

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D’Angelo and his band The Vanguard will serve as musical guest on the Jan. 31 episode with host J.K. Simmons. He will also play a show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Feb. 7 before launching his “Second Coming Tour” throughout Europe this spring.

TLC, NELLY AND NKOTB GOING ON TOUR

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TLC, Nelly and New Kids on the block will come together for the first time ever for the “Main Event Tour”.
The 47-date trek, which will feature a 360-degree stage and hits from all three acts, kicks off May 1 in Las Vegas.
Tickets go on sale Jan. 31 with a pre-sale starting Jan. 22 for fan club members.

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THE MAIN EVENT TOUR DATES

May 1 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
May 2 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
May 3 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
May 5 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
May 6 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
May 9 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
May 11 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
May 12 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
May 14 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
May 15 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
May 16 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
May 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
May 19 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
May 20 – Saint Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
May 22 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
May 23 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
May 26 – Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena
May 27 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
May 29 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
May 30 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
May 31 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
June 2 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
June 4 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
June 5 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
June 6 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
June 7 – Louisvuille, KY – KFC Yum! Center
June 9 – Norfolk, VA – Scope Arena
June 10 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
June 12 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
June 13 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Events Center
June 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
June 16 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
June 17 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
June 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
June 20 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
June 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
June 22 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
June 24 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
June 27 – Hershey, PA – MixTape Festival
June 28 – Toronto, ON, Canada – Air Canada Centre
June 30 – Montreal, QC Canada – Bell Centre
July 2 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagra Center