DJ Khaled Shares Hilarious Story of How Jay Z Wanted to Surprise Drop “Shining”

If DJ Khaled is known for anything, it's his ability to assemble stars on his records. His first No. 1 single, “I'm the One,” featured the likes of Justin Bieber, Quavo, and Chance the Rapper all in one place, and “Shining,” his song with Jay Z and Beyoncé, fits in that same vein.

During an interview with Ebro and the crew at Hot 97, Khaled dished on the outlandish path it took to get “Shining” made. He claims he had Jay Z in mind when he initially put the record together, and after a meeting with Jay, things were looking up.

“I had a meeting with [Jay] about some things, and I played Jigga the instrumental, because I wanted Jay Z on it, and I wanted to get a single on it,” he said. “I noticed that he liked it out of the gate. I could see it.”

That caused Khaled to get a little overzealous, and he figured he should shoot his shot. “I think you should play this for your wife too,'” Khaled says he told Jay, and that's when Jay's demeanor took a turn. “That's when the face changed, like, 'Yo my man, you doing too much.' But I was like Jigga, trust me, there's going to be a vibe.”

Though Jay appeared standoffish at the time, after a long and winding road involving a presentation at the ESPYs, Roc Nation after parties, and some stray discussions between Khaled, Jay, and Beyoncé, he eventually got his wish. Almost a year passed from the initial meeting—and Khaled was unsure if the song would get done at all—Khaled got a very important phone call the day before the Grammy Awards.

“Jay hit me up like, 'Record done.' I'm going to be honest, when I hear news like that, I shed tears, I shed good emotions,” he said. “I get to the crib, [Jay] played me the record, I went crazy. I'm hearing Beyoncé, I'm hearing Jigga, then he's like, 'Yo, we're dropping this tomorrow night.' I'm like Jay, I gotta mix the record, I gotta put my sprinkles, I gotta clear the sample, I gotta put a plan together… He's like, 'I know you ain't trippin.'”

Aside from talking about his dream record with Jay and Beyoncé, Khaled also continued to talk about his relationship with Birdman. He doubled down on what he said in a recent interview on the subject, saying he believes in keeping a positive focus rather than trashing a former co-worker.

“I want to teach the world something. I got Drake on my album, I got Nicki Minaj album, I have Wayne on my album. It got approved, it got cleared, nobody blocked that,” said Khaled. “Even if it doesn't go your way, it's still an opportunity someone gave you. You might not like certain things, but it's an opportunity, and the answer is to take your opportunity to the next level, and that's what I did.”

You can watch the full interview up top, where Khaled tells his story in a way only Khaled can at the 12:50 mark.

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DJ Khaled Drops New Drake Collab “To the Max,” Reveals Cover Art and Release Date for ‘Grateful’

The Drake vocals have come in! Early Monday morning, DJ Khaled dropped the long-awaited Drizzy-assisted single, “To the Max.”

Feeling especially grateful, DJ Khaled revealed the cover art and release date for his forthcoming album, Grateful, which drops on June 23, 2017 and is available for pre-order right now.

On Sunday, DJ Khaled posted a message on Instagram, alongside a photo of his son, Asahd. Khaled says that this album “couldn't happen” without his son. He also promises to “make history and break world records” with this album, as well as take aim for next year's Grammy Awards.  

With DJ Khaled already dropping heat with “I'm the One” and “Shining,” Grateful is well on its way to becoming a historic album, thanks in large part to the album's executive producer Asahd.  

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Eminem Helped Get the Word ‘Stan’ Into the Oxford English Dictionary

Eminem has already left an indelible mark on the world through his music. He has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. He has racked up more than a dozen Grammy Awards. And while he might not necessarily be considered the G.O.A.T. by all rap fans, he is, if nothing else, in the conversation.

Recently, he added yet another accomplishment to the list. It might not necessarily be as noteworthy as going diamond or landing at the top of the Billboard charts yet again, but the Oxford English Dictionary revealed that it has decided to add the word “stan” to its database. The definition looks like this:

Stan definition in Oxford English Dictionary.
Image via Oxford English Dictionary

Furthermore, the Oxford English Dictionary has credited Eminem with creating the current definition of the word:

Stan definition in Oxford English Dictionary.
Image via Oxford English Dictionary

This has actually been a long time coming. Way back in 2015, Oxford Dictionaries published a blog about “stan” and suggested it might be added to the Oxford English Dictionary soon. They certainly dragged their feet on doing it, but it’s good to see them recognize Eminem for his contribution to the English language. The word “stan” has been around for a long time now, but people still continue to use it to this day.

If you somehow don’t remember the song “Stan”—anyone under the age of 17 wasn’t even alive when it was first released back in 2000—it was a haunting track that featured Eminem rapping from the perspective of an obsessed fan. You can check it out here:

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Lil Yachty Just Upgraded Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm”

Katy Perry has spent most of the last month doing everything in her power to promote her latest single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” which features Bob Marley's grandson Skip Marley. She has performed the song at the 2017 Grammy Awards. She has released an elaborate (and likely expensive) amusement park-themed music video. And she has even allowed the indie band Hot Chip to give the song an electronic remix. As a result, the song has climbed as high as No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Late Tuesday, “Chained to the Rhythm” got another push when Lil Yachty revealed he had also given the song the remix—er, “BoatRemix”—treatment. On Lil Boat’s version of the song, the beat has been slowed down dramatically, which allows for him to flex his Auto-Tuned vocals on the track. “Chained to the beat now/Feelin’ good, got good vibes,” he croons. “Take a shot, baby, loosen up/You the star of the scene now/I went from readin’ magazines to being on the cover/Get up in the groove now/Let me see you move now.”

 

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Yachty also punctuates his performance by yelling “I love you, Katy!” as only he can after dropping a second verse on the song.

“Chained to the Rhythm” serves as the first single for Perry’s fifth album, which is still without a release date. Outside of helping Perry push her song, the “BoatRemix” of “Chained to the Rhythm” should also help get some fresh eyes and ears on Yachty as he prepares to release his debut album, Teenage Emotions, sometime later this year.

You can listen to Perry and Yachty’s version of “Chained to the Rhythm” below:

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Ed Sheeran Was Turned Away From His Own Label’s Grammy Party

This year’s Grammy Awards were truly a spectacle, and as befitting any event of its magnitude, the afterparties are going to be a serious get-down. Warner Music’s Block Party at Milk Studios was one such after hours event, but even if you’re Ed Sheeran, you would’ve had trouble getting in.

Sheeran just told Ryan Seacrest that he and his girlfriend were turned away at the door when they arrived, due to the venue reaching maximum capacity before their arrival. Yeah, it’s not like Ed Sheeran performed at the Grammys or anything…

“That’s actually happened four years in a row, and that’s not just my label’s afterparty! That’s just afterparties in general. You know what I don’t get? When you walk into those parties…there’s probably like four musicians there and everyone else is just people from L.A. who didn’t go to the Grammys and probably just want a party to go to.”

Still, Sheeran and his ladyfriend managed to find their way into Diplo and Benny Blanco’s Hollywood Hills house party. Listen to the radio show below, and skip to 6:35 for the post-Grammy fiasco.

 

Source: On Air With Ryan | Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

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Revisit Flume’s Reddit Posts From Before He Was Famous

Sunday evening marked the 59th installment of the annual Grammy Awards show, seeing performances and speeches from the most noteworthy acts in all of music. From Beyoncé and Daft Punk to A Tribe Called Quest and Chance the Rapper, each of the evening’s showcases displayed the most popular and acclaimed tracks of the year. Meanwhile, in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category, Australian sensation Flume took the victory for his sophomore album, Skin. Coming as his very first Grammy Award, the occasion was a momentous one for him, as evidenced by his endearing acceptance speech.

What newer fans of Flume might not know, however, are the details behind his humble beginnings as an independent producer only a few years ago. Taking a look back through his old Reddit, Myspace and Soundcloud accounts, we’re able to see the types of steps that he took towards becoming the figure he is today.

His original Reddit account, /u/humblebuzz, is filled to the brim with interesting posts and comments about his rise to fame, beginning before he even created the Flume project we know today.

Some of Flume’s earliest work was released under the moniker HEDS, and consisted mainly of club-oriented electro and deep house tunes.

Eventually, however, he transitioned to the Flume project, uploading his first round of originals to his old Myspace page. Even today, dedicated fans can listen to eight of his ancient tracks and check out his personal Top 8.

For an even deeper look into the humble beginnings of the now Grammy Award-winning Flume, check out his Reddit history here.

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Chance The Rapper Wins Grammy For Best New Artist

The 59th Grammy Awards have officially commenced, and the first award up for grabs was the honor of “Best New Artist.”

A lot of people assumed it might be The Chainsmokers thanks to their massive string of chart-topping singles, but crowd favorite and free music advocate Chance The Rapper has taken home the evening’s esteemed opening award.

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Their fellow nominees were as follows:

Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

To celebrate, check out Change The Rapper’s 2017 album, Coloring Book.

 

Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

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The Grammy’s 2017 Winners List (Updating Live)

The 59th Grammy Awards are happening this very minute, and we’re pleased to present the winners in one convenient place.

We’ll be updating live for all categories, so be sure to check back as the night rolls on. So far The Chainsmokers and Flume are representing wins for Electronic Dance Music, and we’re anxiously awaiting Daft Punk and The Weeknd to take the stage later this evening.

Best pop solo performance
WINNER: Adele, Hello
Beyoncé, Hold Up
Justin Bieber, Love Yourself
Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece (Idol Version)
Ariana Grande, Dangerous Woman

Best alternative music album
22, A Million, Bon Iver
WINNER: Blackstar, David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project, PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression, Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead

Best rock album
California, Blink-182
WINNER: Tell Me I’m Pretty, Cage the Elephant
Magma, Gojira
Death of a Bachelor, Panic! At The Disco
Weezer, Weezer

Best metal performance
Shock Me, Baroness
Silvera, Gojira
Rotting in Vain, Korn
WINNER: Dystopia, Megadeth
The Price is Wrong, Periphery

Best rock performance
Joe (Live From Austin City Limits), Alabama Shakes
Don’t Hurt Yourself, Beyoncé feat. Jack White
WINNER: Blackstar, David Bowie
The Sound of Silence (Live on Conan), Disturbed
Heathens, Twenty One Pilots

Best rap song
All The Way Up, Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana & Infrared
Famous, Kanye West feat. Rihanna
WINNER: Hotline Bling, Drake
No Problem, Chance The Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Ultralight Beam, Kanye West feat. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream

Best rap/sung performance
Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar, Freedom
WINNER: Drake, Hotline Bling
D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty, Broccoli
Kanye West feat. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream, Ultralight Beam
Kanye West feat. Rihanna, Famous

Best rap performance
WINNER: Chance The Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz, No Problem
Desiigner, Panda
Drake, feat. The Throne, Pop Style
Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana & Infrared, All The Way Up
ScHoolboy Q feat. Kanye West, That Part

Best R&B album
In My Mind, BJ The Chicago Kid
WINNER: Lalah Hathaway Live, Lalah Hathaway
Velvet Portraits, Terrace Martin
Healing Season, Mint Condition
Smoove Jones, Mýa

Best R&B song
Come and See Me, PARTYNEXTDOOR feat. Drake
Exchange, Bryson Tiller
Kiss It Better, Rihanna
WINNER: Lake By The Ocean, Maxwell
Luv, Tory Lanez

Best traditional R&B performance
William Bell, The Three of Me
BJ The Chicago Kid, Woman’s World
Fantasia, Sleeping With The One I Love
WINNER: Lalah Hathaway, Angel
Jill Scott, Can’t Wait

Best R&B performance
BJ The Chicago Kid, Turnin’ Me Up
Ro James, Permission
Musiq Soulchild, I Do
Rihanna, Needed Me
WINNER: Solange, Cranes In The Sky

Best americana album
True Sadness, The Avett Brothers
WINNER: This Is Where I Live, William Bell
The Cedar Creek Sessions, Kris Kristofferson
The Bird & The Rifle, Lori McKenna
Kid Sister, The Time Jumpers

Best latin pop album
WINNER: Un Besito Mas, Jesse & Joy
Ilusión, Gaby Moreno
Similares, Laura Pausini
Seguir Latiendo, Sanalejo
Buena Vida, Diego Torres

Best country album
Big Day In A Small Town, Brandy Clark
Full Circle, Loretta Lynn
Hero, Maren Morris
WINNER: A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord, Keith Urban

Best country song
Blue Ain’t Your Color, Keith Urban
Die A Happy Man, Thomas Rhett
WINNER: Humble And Kind, Tim McGraw
My Church, Maren Morris
Vice, Miranda Lambert

Best country duo/group performance
Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King, Different For Girls
Brothers Osbourne, 21 Summer
Kenny Chesney & Pink, Setting The World On Fire
WINNER: Pentatonix feat. Dolly Parton, Jolene
Chris Young With Cassadee Pope, Think Of You

Best jazz instrumental album
Book of Intuition, Kenny Barron Trio
Dr. Um, Peter Erskine
Sunday Night At The Vanguard, The Fred Hersch Trio
Nearness, Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau
WINNER: Country For Old Men, John Scofield

Best contemporary instrumental album
Human Nature, Herb Alpert
When You Wish Upon A Star, Bill Frisell
Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY, Steve Gadd Band
Unspoken, Chuck Loeb
WINNER: Culcha Vulcha, Snarky Puppy

Best dance/electronic album
WINNER: Skin, Flume
Electronica 1: The Time Machine, Jean-Michel Jarre
Epoch, Tycho
Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future, Underworld
Louie Vega Starring … XXVIII, Louie Vega

Best dance recording
Tearing Me Up, Bob Moses
WINNER: Don’t Let Me Down, The Chainsmokers feat. Daya
Never Be Like You, Flume Featuring Kai
Rinse & Repeat, Riton featuring Kah-Lo
Drinkee, Sofi Tukker

Best music film
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Steve Aoki
WINNER: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years, The Beatles
Lemonade, Beyoncé
The Music of Strangers, Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry, Various Artists

Best music video
WINNER: Formation, Beyoncé
River, Leon Bridges
Up&Up, Coldplay
Gosh, Jamie XX
Upside Down & Inside Out, OK Go

Best contemporary christian music album
Poets & Saints, All Sons & Daughters
American Prodigal, Crowder
Be One, Natalie Grant
Youth Revival [Live], Hillsong Young & Free
WINNER: Love Remains, Hillary Scott & The Family

Best gospel album
Listen, Tim Bowman Jr.
Fill This House, Shirley Caesar
A Worshipper’s Heart [Live], Todd Dulaney
WINNER: Losing My Religion, Kirk Franklin
Demonstrate [Live], William Murphy

Best song written for visual media
WINNER: Can’t Stop The Feeling! Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohm, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kunal Nayyar
Heathens, Twenty One Pilots
Just Like Fire, P!nk
Purple Lamborghini, Skrillex & Rick Ross
Try Everything, Shakira
The Veil, Peter Gabriel

Best score soundtrack for visual media
Bridge of Spies
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight
The Revenant

WINNER: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Stranger Things Volume 1
Stranger Things Volume 2

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media
Amy
WINNER: Miles Ahead
Straight Outta Compton
Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition)
Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1

Best musical theater album
Bright Star
WINNER: The Color Purple
Fiddler On The Roof
Kinky Boots
Waitress

Album of the year
25, Adele
Lemonade, Beyoncé
Purpose, Justin Bieber
Views, Drake
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson

Record of the year
Hello, Adele
Formation, Beyoncé
7 Years, Lukas Graham
Work, Rihanna feat. Drake
Stressed Out, Twenty One Pilots

Song of the year
Formation, Beyoncé
Hello, Adele
I Took A Pill In Ibiza, Mike Posner
Love Yourself, Justin Bieber
7 Years, Lukas Graham

Best new artist
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance the Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

Best traditional pop vocal album
Cinema, Andrea Bocelli
Fallen Angels, Bob Dylan
Stages Live, Josh Groban
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, Willie Nelson
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, Barbra Streisand

Best pop vocal album
25, Adele
Purpose, Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande
Confident, Demi Lovato
This Is Acting, Sia

Best urban contemporary album
Lemonade, Beyoncé
Ology, Gallant
We Are King, King
Malibu, Anderson .Paak
Anti, Rihanna

Best rap album
Coloring Book, Chance The Rapper
And the Anonymous Nobody, De La Soul
Major Key, DJ Khaled
Views, Drake
Bland Face LP, ScHoolboy Q
The Life of Pablo, Kanye West

Best rock song
Blackstar, David Bowie
Burn the Witch, Radiohead
Hardwired, Metallica
Heathens, Twenty One Pilots
My Name is Human, Highly Suspect

Best country solo performance
Brandy Clark, Love Can Go To Hell
Miranda Lambert, Vice
Maren Morris, My Church
Carrie Underwood, Church Bells
Keith Urban, Blue Ain’t Your Color

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Source: The Grammy’s 2017 Winners List (Updating Live)

Even Skrillex Is Trying To Convince Daft Punk To Go On Tour

For years, the entire world has been yearning for another Daft Punk tour. Our collective admiration for the robots borders on obsession, and a quick Google search reveals thousands of threads discussing theories and rumors of their return.

If you haven’t heard, Guy-Manuel and Thomas Bangalter are hosting their own Daft Punk pop-up shop in Los Angeles, conveniently during the Grammy Awards, and everyone from Skrillex to The Weeknd have showed up to the historic event. Of course, Skrillex has openly expressed the massive influence they had on him as an artist, and he reminisced on his relationship with the duo during an impromptu talk with Rolling Stone.

“It was the day of the show and I just found out about it. So I drove to the concert [and] I didn’t have a ticket, so I scalped one. I almost got beat up by some scalpers on the way in because I tried to haggle them in the wrong way. So I got in, it changed my life, fast forward and now we get to work with some of the same people. I’ve only hung out with them a couple times, but they’re nice people and still continue to change the world with music. I’m trying to get them to do a live show. Come on guys, let’s get a live show again.”

That last part is what we find particularly interesting. Sure, Daft Punk is performing at the Grammy Awards, and it’s to-be-determined what that experience will end up being, but it’s decidedly not a headlining tour comparable to the scale of Alive. Who knows what that conversation with Skrillex was like, or what Daft Punk’s reasoning is for not touring, but it’s reassuring to know we’re not the only ones craving a return.

 

H/T: Rolling Stone | Photo: Rukes

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The Chainsmokers, Flume & More Are Taking Home Grammys

The 59th Grammy Awards will be televised this evening, but if you can’t wait to find out who will be taking home the esteemed honors, early winners are already being announced and the list will be updated live throughout the evening.

So far, Skin has earned Flume Best Dance/Electronic Album, and “Don’t Let Me Down” feat. Daya has nabbed The Chainsmokers Best Dance Recording.

 

Source: USA Today | Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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