Some of today’s hottest artists including Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Migos, A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Bryson Tiller, Kid Cudi and Jhené Aiko are among the first wave of headline performers announced for the fifth annual BET Experience at L.A. Live June 22-25.
This year’s lineup of concerts at Staples Center also will feature Rae Sremmurd, Jidenna, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Desiigner, Keyshia Cole, Pusha T, THEY., H.E.R., Playboi Carti and Khalid.
Interactive activities and ticketed shows including a celebrity basketball game will take place at the BET Fan Fest June 24 and June 25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The four-day event will conclude with the highly anticipated “BET Awards,” broadcasted live from the Microsoft Theater June 25.
Additional Staples Center performers as well as the lineup of concerts at The Novo presented by Microsoft will be announced soon.
General tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola, are available at http://www.axs.com/betexperience. For VIP Packages, visit BETExperience.com or call (877) 234-8425.
DISC-OVER: Prince aficionados are in for a treat during the 10th annual Record Store Day being held April 11 at thousands of independently owned record stores in the U.S. and around the globe. Warner Bros. Records will reissue six rare Prince 12-inch Maxi-Singles, all limited to 3,000 copies each.
Among the gems: “Pop Life” (Fresh Dance Mix) b/w “Hello;” “I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man,” “Hot Thing” (Edit) b/w “Hot Thing” (Extended Remix), “Hot Thing” (Dub Version); “Sign ‘O’ The Times” b/w “La, La, La, He, He, Hee;” “I Wish U Heaven” b/w “Scarlet Pussy” performed by Camille; “Partyman” (Purple Party Mix), “Partyman” (Partyman Music Mix) b/w “Partyman” (Video Mix) “Feel U Up” (Short Stroke); and “Batdance” (The Batmix) b/w “Batdance” (Vicki Vale Mix), “200 Balloons.”
The label is also producing a limited 5,000 copies of “Little Red Corvette b/w “1999” on a seven-inch Picture Disc. Long out of print, this 1982 pressing has been a much sought after collectable.
TASTY QUIP: “I love being [in the UK], but I can’t work, because I can’t do ‘Downton Abbey,’ can’t be in ‘Victoria,’ can’t be in ‘Call the Midwife.’ Well, I could, but I don’t want to play someone who’s being racially abused.” – THANDIE NEWTON to Sunday Times Magazine.
CLIPPETTES: The family of rock n roll founder Chuck Berry, who died March 18 at the age of 90, announced that his last album, titled “Chuck” would be released shortly. Berry’s last hit was 1972’s “My Ding a Ling” …
Big Sean’s I Decided Tour with Madeintyo lands March 24 at The Hollywood Palladium …
Rumors are rampant that Warner Bros. is planning a prequel to “The Matrix” series of films with Michael B. Jordan (“Creed”) eyed to play a younger version of Lawrence Fishburne’s Morpheus character …
Tickets go on sale via livenation.com, March 24 for a co-headlining tour reuniting multi-platinum selling and multiple Grammy Award-winning global superstars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull. CNCO will open for the 16-city jaunt visiting Staples Center on June 10 …
The legendary Limón Dance Company, developed in 1946 by Mexican American José Limón and his mentors Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, celebrates its living legacy with a two-night program of historic pieces at the Wallis March 24 (followed by a special post-show conversation with the artists) and 25 …
The fifth annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert and Awards Show, in honor of Richard Pryor, will take place March 25 at the Los Angeles Theatre, featuring the debut of Roadcase Royale, the new band from Nancy Wilson of Heart featuring Liv Warfield, formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation …
Je’Caryous Johnson’s “Married But Single,” starring LisaRaye McCoy, Chante Moore, Carl Payne and Bill Bellamy, is being staged at the Orpheum Theatre March 25-26 …
Mariah Carey’s beloved 1992 hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is being turned into an compter-generated-imagery animated feature film to be available on DVD, digital and On Demand formats in time for the holidays …
Rain Pryor’s sold out solo tour de force, “Fried Chicken and Latkes,” has been extended to June 3 at the Braid, home of the Jewish Women’s Theatre in Santa Monica.
TASTY QUIP: “‘N-word’ is childish … say it!’ We know what we’re talking about; we’re not speaking to children.” – JERROD CARMICHAEL to Deadline about deciding to drop the epithet at least six times in an upcoming episode of NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” slated to return May 31.
TC ON TV: March 24 – “Crossroads” (CMT): Darius Rucker and John Mellencamp
March 25 – “American Jihad” (Showtime): Documentary probe into the phenomenon of home-grown Jihadism.
March 26 – “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Sanaa Lathan, Kandi Burress
March 27 – “Hip Hop Squares” (VH1): Kid N Play vs. Naughty By Nature; “Bates Motel” (Bravo): Last week, Rihanna livestreamed shots for her debut as Marion Crane. Wonder how she’ll follow that as the focus of this episode. “Rock and a Hard Place” (HBO): Inspired by his own brush with the law as a youth, Dwayne Johnson serves as executive producer of this documentary chronicling those entering the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program in search of a second chance.
March 28 – “Rebel” (BET): Danielle Moné Truitt stars as a tough P.I. in this new drama from John Singleton. The all-star cast includes Giancarlo Esposito, Mykelti Williamson, Cliff “Method Man” Smith and LaTanya Richardson.
March 29 – “Lopez” (TVLand): Actor and social media celeb Ray Diaz (“East Los High,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) joins the cast this second season placing George Lopez in residency at a Vegas casino.
TASTY QUIP: “We respect those who respect US. We respect those who respect themselves. Emergency msg to u my brother…#GETOUT.” – T.I. on Instagram responding to Steve Harvey‘s call for rappers to get behind President Donald Trump.
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