Rihanna Previews «Work» Video

Rihanna Previews "Work" Video

Rihanna has teased her upcoming music video for "Work," the Drake-featuring first single from ANTI. In the clips from her Snapchat (captured by Empire Rihanna Navy), Rihanna dances in a nightclub amid a big group of people. Drake is currently nowhere to be seen in the video. Watch the previews below, via Complex.

Since ANTI's release, Rihanna has appeared in L.A. to sing "My Girl" with Miguel. This week, she appeared on "The Ellen Degeneres Show." She played the game "Never Have I Ever" with George Clooney and sang Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" with Ellen on the program.

Read "The 9 Best Artist Snapchats to Follow," which includes Rihanna's, on the Pitch.

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Solange Receives the Key to New Orleans

Solange Receives the Key to New Orleans

Photo via Solange's Instagram

Solange has received the key to the city of New Orleans, Rap-Up points out. She has lived in the city since 2013. To celebrate, she played New Orleans hip-hop institutions "Cash Money and No Limit all day," she wrote on Instagram. Check out more of Solange's reactions below.

Solange isn't the only major artist to receive a key to the city this year. Last month, Kendrick Lamar announced that he will soon receive the key to Compton.

Read "Scene Report: New Orleans Music and Activism 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina" on the Pitch.

Watch Solange perform "Losing You" at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013:

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Tidal to Donate $1.5 Million to Black Lives Matter and Other Nonprofit Organizations

Tidal to Donate $1.5 Million to Black Lives Matter and Other Nonprofit Organizations

Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Roc Nation

Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal has announced that it will donate $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and other nonprofit social justice organizations, according to Mic. The donation is in association with Jay Z's Roc Nation entertainment company. The money was raised at Tidal's October benefit concert in Brooklyn, Tidal X: 10/20. The announcement comes on the day that Trayvon Martin would have turned 21 years old.

Tidal's donation will be administered through New World Foundation later this month. In addition to Black Lives Matter, Tidal is donating to national organizations Opportunity Agenda, Hands Up United, and Sankofa.Org, as well as local organizing groups in California: Community Coalition; Florida: Dream Defenders; Illinois: Black Youth Project; Maryland: Baltimore Justice Fund; Empowerment Development Corporation; New York: Million Hoodies; NY Justice League, and Ohio: Ohio Students Association/Organizing Collaborative.

Tidal will also donate to the Trayvon Martin Foundation, the Michael O.D. Brown We Love Ours Sons and Daughters Foundation, and the Oscar Grant Foundation.

Dania Diaz, managing director of philanthropy at Roc Nation, told Mic:

The process of acquiring recommendations [for nonprofits] was collaborative and inspired by the message that speaks to racial and social inequities and injustice in our society. Each year we will support a different initiative. Our ideology is to have a hifi level of consciousness in everything we do.

Tidal said in a statement:

Tidal X: 1020 was the first of a series of philanthropic music events curated by Tidal in order to raise awareness, funds, conscious engagement and dynamic action for transformative and positive social impact. All of the organizations selected work to uphold the purpose of the Tidal X: 1020 Fund, which is to support nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing positive community relations and effecting systemic change for the development and sustainability of just societies.

In addition to the donation, Tidal has announced Tidal College's Social Wave for Change, Rap-Up points out. It's a contest that encourages college students to "impact [their] community through service" by posting photos of community service acts to Instagram or Facebook. Judges will select a group of finalists, and the public will vote on a winner. The winner will then receive a Lil Wayne concert at their school.

Watch Usher's police brutality-addressing "Chains" video, launched with Tidal:

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Ty Dolla $ign and HWLS (Ta-ku and Kit Pop) Team for «Plays»

Ty Dolla $ign and HWLS (Ta-ku and Kit Pop) Team for "Plays"

Ty Dolla $ign and HWLS (the electronic duo of Ta-ku and Kit Pop) have teamed up for "Plays." It's part of Yours Truly and adidas Originals' long-running Songs From Scratch singles series. Listen to it above and watch a behind-the-scenes video of the song's creation below.

Previous installments of the Songs From Scratch series include singles from Danny Brown and AraabMuzik, Chance the Rapper and Nosaj ThingHow to Dress Well and TĀLĀ, Jeremih and ShlohmoLunice and Angel Haze, Kelela, Tink, and DJ Dahi, and more. 

Ty Dolla $ign will head out on the Purple Reign tour with Future later this month. Ty released his album Free TC last year.

Read our 5-10-15-20 interview with Ty Dolla $ign.

Watch Ty Dolla $ign on an episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":

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Listen to Flatbush Zombies’ New Song «Bounce»

Listen to Flatbush Zombies' New Song "Bounce"

Last month, Flatbush Zombies announced their debut album 3001: A Laced Odyssey, which is out March 11 via Glorious Dead. They've now shared the first song from the album. Listen to "Bounce" and check out the 3001 album artwork above.

Flatbush Zombies recently shared "Glorious Thugs," a tribute to Notorious B.I.G. and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's "Notorious Thugs." That song will not appear on 3001.

In March, Flatbush Zombies will embark on a tour behind their new album.

Watch Flatbush Zombies on Pitchfork.tv's "Selector":

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A$AP Rocky Voices Falcon in New <i>Avengers</i> Game

A$AP Rocky Voices Falcon in New Avengers Game

Photo by Phil Knott

Marvel Avengers Academy is a new mobile video game that allows players to take control of younger versions of the Avengers as they build their own Academy for the budding superheroes to develop their powers. 

Today on Facebook, A$AP Rocky announced his involvement with the game, which was released today. He voices the young Falcon, an Avenger with the ability of flight and a telepathic connection to birds. He joins a voice cast that also includes Dave Franco, John Cena, Priyanka Chopra, Colton Haynes, Kiernan Shipka, and more. Watch a trailer for the Marvel Avengers Academy below.

Watch A$AP Rocky freestyle in an episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Selector":

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Rihanna Does Bon Jovi Karaoke with Ellen Degeneres, Plays «Never Have I Ever» with George Clooney on «Ellen»

Rihanna Does Bon Jovi Karaoke with Ellen Degeneres, Plays "Never Have I Ever" with George Clooney on "Ellen"

Rihanna just released her new album ANTI. Earlier this week, she appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where she chatted about her karaoke preferences, her love of snacks ("I don't eat the Oreos that much...Hot Cheetohs, definitely happening,") and more. Later, during a commercial break, she and Degeneres partook in karaoke, singing Rihanna's song of choice, Bon Jovi's "Livin' on A Prayer" (a song she's performed with Jon Bon Jovi and crew, natch.)

On the same episode, also played a game of "Never Have I Ever" with DeGeneres and George Clooney; the questions included  "Have you ever spanked a cat?" and "Have you ever hooked up in the back of a car?", the latter of which prompted Rihanna to pose the age-old of query of what "hooking up" even means in the first place. Watch all of the clips below.

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Meek Mill Avoids Jail Time, Sentenced to House Arrest After Violating Probation

Meek Mill Avoids Jail Time, Sentenced to House Arrest After Violating Probation

After much deliberation, Meek Mill is not headed back to jail for violating his probation. Today, a Philadelphia judge sentenced Meek, whose legal name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, to house arrest for a minimum of 90 days, starting March 1. He'll wear an ankle monitor and will be prevented from working (which includes releasing new music), though he can do charity work during that time. He will also be on probation for the next six years. The news was reported by WHYY's Bobby Allyn and TMZ.

After 90 days, the judge will consider whether he will remain under house arrest.

Nicki Minaj, who is Meek's girlfriend, was present in the courtroom today.

In December, the judge ruled that Meek had violated his probation due to various unauthorized trips outside of the Philadelphia area. During that hearing, Meek told the judge, "I'm not a gangsta. I'm not a criminal. I have my queen, Nicki now. I'm trying to do better and feel like I can be the best rapper out there."

Williams was on probation due to a 2009 drug and gun conviction. In 2014, he served five months in jail for violating his probation. 

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Animal Collective, Best Coast, Wavves, Kurt Vile, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, More to Host Voter Registration Drives

Animal Collective, Best Coast, Wavves, Kurt Vile, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, More to Host Voter Registration Drives

HeadCount is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works with musicians to improve voter turnout in American elections. They will be holding voter registration drives at various concerts in the months leading up to the 2016 Presidential election.

As Rolling Stone reports, HeadCount have added Animal Collective, Best Coast, Wavves, Kurt Vile, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lucius, and Jason Isbell to their list of touring partners. They join Jay Z, Wilco, St. Vincent, Spoon, the Shins, the National, Pearl Jam, My Morning Jacket, Death Cab for Cutie, and MGMT, just to name a few.

Check out a full list of upcoming shows held in conjunction with HeadCount here. If you haven't already registered to vote, head here. And make sure to check the calendar of upcoming primaries.

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Boosie Badazz Drops New Album <i>Out My Feelings (In My Past)</i>

Boosie Badazz Drops New Album Out My Feelings (In My Past)

Last month, Boosie Badazz (formerly Lil Boosie), shared his ten-track project In My Feelings. (Goin' Thru It), his first release since undergoing cancer treatment late last year. As Rap-Up points out, he's just shared the follow-up, Out My Feelings (In My Past). Listen to the eighteen-track effort via the YouTube playlist below.

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