247 The Sound Entertainment News Archives for 2023-06

Janelle MonĂ¡e Embarking On Age Of Pleasure Tour, Beginning Late August

Janelle Monáe has announced that they will embark on their nationwide Age Of Pleasure Tour later this year.
 

The 26-city run commences on August 30 in Seattle and will make stops in major cities including Toronto, New York City, Atlanta, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Dallas. The tour will wrap in Inglewood, Calif. at the YouTube Theater on October 18.
 

News of the tour comes ahead of Monáe’s highly-anticipated new album, The Age of Pleasure—which is slated for release on June 9. Their clever new single, “Lipstick Lover,” is currently making rounds with a spicy visual to match.

 

However, the 37-year-old free spirit issued the “clean virgin” alternate video just yesterday (May 30). “Aight after much back and forth and private court dates i decided to release the sinsored ‘clean virgin’ of ‘Lipstick Lover’ against my will,” they declared. “I added 100 more pixels by hand so y’all bet not sneak and watch the original. It’s still very cool to me. Enjoy loves!”

 

 

See full dates for the Age Of Pleasure Tour below.
 

Wed Aug 30 – Seattle, WA – WAMU Theater

Thu Aug 31 – Vancouver, BC – UBC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
 

Sat Sep 02 – Portland, OR  – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
 

Wed Sep 06 –Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
 

Thu Sep 07 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
 

Sat Sep 09 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland Theatre 
 

Mon Sep 11 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory
 

Wed Sep 13 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
 

Thu Sep 14 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
 

Sun Sep 17 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
 

Mon Sep 18 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met
 

Wed Sep 20 – Montreal, QB – Mtelus
 

Thu Sep 21 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall 
 

Sun Sep 24 – Washington, DC  – The Anthem*
 

Tue Sep 26 – New York City, NY – Radio City Music Hall
 

Thu Sep 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre 
 

Mon Oct 02 – Charlotte, NC – Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre 
 

Tue Oct 03 – Nashville, TN  – Ryman Auditorium
 

Wed Oct 04 – Birmingham, AL  – Avondale Brewing Company
 

Fri Oct 06 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre Atlanta
 

Mon Oct 09 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
 

Tue Oct 10 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center 
 

Wed Oct 11 – Austin, TX – Moody Amphitheater
 

Sun Oct 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theatre
 

Tue Oct 17 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
 

Wed Oct 18 – Inglewood, CA – YouTube Theater

 

 

Coco Jones Earns First Gold RIAA Certification With "ICU"

Coco Jones is cementing her meteoric rise with yet another accolade under her belt. The Bel-Air star’s breakout single, “ICU,” has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as of Tuesday (May 30). The feat came one week after Jones scored her first No. 1 hit on Billboard‘s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for the week of May 27.

 

The DJ Camper-produced record was first released in October 2022, ahead of the arrival of her major label debut EP, What I Didn’t Tell You. It currently has amassed over 20 million streams on Spotify and is sitting at No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

“My first number one! This is so surreal for me and I am so grateful,” the 25-year-old wrote on Instagram while basking in the moment. “Thank you to everybody who has supported the record, all the stations who played it, all the fans who listened in, my team, and God for the continuous blessings! Just getting started!”

 

 

When recently speaking on the emotional gravity behind performing the record at Mary J. Blige’s Strength Of A Woman Festival, Jones told VIBE, “I always get emotional, one, because I was even emotional recording the song. When you bare your heart like that as an artist, it’s hard for it to not affect you whenever you sing a song, because you know exactly what you need. But also, I get so grateful when I can hear the crowd. So, to hear them sing, just like at the top of their lungs, is just always… It reminds me of how long my journey has been.”

 

She continued, “It reminds me of when I was a little kid and I had success and I was like, ‘Wow, what is this? How long is this going to go?’ And it just takes me back in time to me as a little kid and wanting to be right where I’m at right now, and it’s finally here and I’m finally here again. I didn’t know when it was going to happen, if it was going to happen. So there’s just a lot of feelings, a lot.”

 

“ICU” landed at No. 6 on VIBE’s Best R&B Songs of 2022 list while What I Didn’t Tell You rounded out the Best R&B Albums of 2022 list at No. 23.

50 Cent Calls New Sexual Assault Claims Against Bill Cosby "Fvcked Up"

50 Cent has shared his opinion on recent allegations brought against Bill Cosby.

 

The rapper uploaded a screenshot to Instagram on Thursday (June 1) that details a former Playboy model has accused the disgrace comedian of drugging and sexual assaulting her in 1969.

“They are just doing Bill dirty,” wrote the 47-year-old, preceded by a humurous emoji. “smh ain’t no way 54 years ago. Lmao this is just fvcked up Brody !”

 

The comments on the post are filled with the G-Unit founder’s followers agreeing with the caption and making light of the serious claims.

 

50 Cent has shared his opinion on recent allegations brought against Bill Cosby.

 

The rapper uploaded a screenshot to Instagram on Thursday (June 1) that details a former Playboy model has accused the disgrace comedian of drugging and sexual assaulting her in 1969.

“They are just doing Bill dirty,” wrote the 47-year-old, preceded by a humurous emoji. “smh ain’t no way 54 years ago. Lmao this is just fvcked up Brody !”

 

The comments on the post are filled with the G-Unit founder’s followers agreeing with the caption and making light of the serious claims.

 

“It’s not about money, it’s about accountability,” Valentino explained to the outlet after the lawsuit was filed. “Rape steals something from you that cannot be repaired or restored.”

 

Her story describes meeting Cosby while she worked as an actress and singer. In 1969, the two crossed paths at a Los Angeles restaurant. Publicly crying over the death of her 6-year-old son, Valentino claims Cosby greeted her and later on in the day, gave her a pill to feel better.

“In my opinion, these women are not victims of sexual assault, they are victims of greed,” Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt shared with the Post. According to the outlet, the number of accusers against Bill Cosby currently stands at 60.

 

Wyatt continued, “They don’t want this Black man to leave this earth as America’s dad. They don’t want white kids looking up to him as America’s dad and wanting their fathers to be like him.”

 

 

In 2018, Cosby was found guilty by a Philadelphia jury of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand in 2004. During the trial, five women who accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting them were allowed to testify as “prior bad acts.” The actor did not testify in his defense.

 

The conviction, however, was overturned in 2021 and Cosby was released from prison after the state’s highest court concluded an agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented him from being charged in the case after serving two years of his 10-year sentence.

 

Last year, Cosby was found liable for sexually assaulting another woman, Judy Huth, when she was 16 years old in 1975. Huth claims Cosby was aware of her age, advising her to say she was 19. The civil case was brought in front of a combined jury of eight women and four men and the victim was awarded $500,000 in damages with no punitive compensation.

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