The Weeknd’s Secret Gig on an Inhabited Island in Essex!

It was announced last month that The Weeknd would play a one-off secret London gig, and the only way you would be able to see him is to apply through the Island Records website, as limited tickets were available for the show. All the details was a secret but it was announced that those that won the chance to go, were going to be driven to and from the venue. Today it was seen that The Weeknd was not performing in a traditional venue in London, but was performing on an island, yes Island Records had The Weeknd performing on an island, how symbolic and cool is that?

Now for the unlucky XO fans that missed out on an adventure, that’s where social media will make you feel better. Videos and pictures from the show were on Twitter and even Snapchat, so it felt like you were still a part of the show. He also previewed a new song at the show, which is untitled at the moment. It could possibly be a new track from his upcoming album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’.  Below are some pictures and videos from the secret gig, which took place on the inhabited Osea Island in the estuary of the River Blackwater, located in Essex.

The Island






Happy 12th Birthday To ‘Boy In Da Corner’

Yes it has actually been 12 years since we were blessed with Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Boy In Da Corner’ album, which was released through XL Recordings today in 2003. In the same year he won a Mercury Prize for the album which at the time he was the second rapper to do so, as Ms Dynamite won it the year before. He even beat Radiohead and Coldplay for the award, which is a huge deal. When he won the award he said; “I want to thank God, my mum and my family and everyone in the underground. Remember to support British talent – because it is there.”

Preach Dizzee preach!

From him winning the Mercury Prize, doors opened for the Grime scene, as the genre was more recognised because of the success of the album, as the album came from that culture, that true british culture, where Grime originated from. Till this day, Grime is still recognised and is still going on strong. It’s actually going on levels that it has not been at before with big artists such as Kanye West and Drake recognising the scene. The album peaked at no.23 on the UK album charts, no.16 on the US Billboard Topseekers and no.14 on the US Billboard Top Independent Albums. In November 2011, for BBC Radio 1, Zane Lowe chose ‘Boy In The Corner’ for his Masterpieces series which also included Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’ and Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ . The listeners couldn’t help but reminisce on the impact that the album created since it was released, and even look at the albums it was up against!

As the years go on, ‘Boy In Da Corner’ will forever remain a teenage masterpiece, that will be remembered for the hard hitting unique productions, and quality lyrics that Dizzee Rascal graced us with. Below are some of the best videos from the album.

Dizzee Rascal – I Luv U

Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp

Dizzee Rascal – Jus’ A Rascal ]

Jess Glynne Releases “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself”

Jess Glynne gets us ready for the summer with her new song “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself”, which was played  for the first time this morning on Capital, and has already received positive reviews on social media.

Jess already has two solo number one’s on the Vodafone Big Top 40, I’m sure this track will be heading for the same success.

Listen to the track below:

The Wait Is Over… Rihanna’s BBHMM Video Is Here!!

After the long wait! the very long wait! Queen RiRi has released the official video for her single ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’. She premiered a preview of the video at the BET Awards a few days ago, which created even more anticipation.  Now you can watch it as much as you want below:

Backstory for the video

If you thought that the video was just RiRi being her bad ass self, you may be surprised to know that this video actually has a backstory to it. Back in 2008, Rihanna funded her music and videos through her own money without her knowing so for her ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ album,  as her manager Marc used her money for her projects,  as Def Jam were not investing in her at all.

Her manager decided to make this move as he wanted Rihanna to break in to the world-wide market. This caused Ri loads of financial issues in the long run. Following this Ri also filed a lawsuit against an accounting firm Berdon LLP, on the grounds of mismanagement of her money. She had $11 million in cash at the start of 2009, and at the end of the year was left with $2 million. The firm did not inform her that her ‘Last Girl On Earth Tour’ was actually losing money, and on top of that they were taking 22% of her revenue, which is way more than the standard 5% they are meant to take. She sued them for $35 million, but it was settled at £10 million. At least it was settled in court and not by the hands of RiRi herself!!

Queen RiRi is the biggest selling digital artist of all time!!!!!

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced today that Rihanna has gone past 100 million Gold & Platinum song certifications, therefore that places her at number one on RIAA’s list of artists with the highest Digital Single Awards. This also means she is the only artist to surpass RIAA’s 100 million Singles Awards.

“Gold & Platinum is the industry’s premier way to celebrate achievement in the marketplace,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA.  “We’ve given awards to artists for nearly 60 years, but it’s rare that we have the opportunity to recognize a milestone like the one Rihanna has reached.  Congratulations to Rihanna!  She has not only surpassed RIAA’s one-hundred million mark, but also is the first artist to do so.  It’s an historic feat and a testament to an extraordinary career.”

Even though Rihanna hasn’t released an album since ‘Unapologetic’ in 2012, this hasn’t stopped her success in the industry, as her singles; “FourFiveSeconds” went 2x Multi Platinum and “Bitch Better Have My Money” went to Platinum.

Long live Queen RiRi, that Rihanna reign just won’t let up!

Watch the trailer for “Bitch Better Have My Money” below.





Kanye West’s headline performance at Glastonbury!

After all the protests of wanting a rock band to headline Glastonbury instead of Kanye West, which included over 134,000 signatures for the petition, he still had an incredible turn out for his performance. Even Kanye was annoyed by this petition saying how it was an insult to music fans all over the world.

Apparently before his performance there were rumours that he would have guests featuring, however Kanye felt he could put on a show without anyone, but he still had others by his side helping him put on an iconic performance, you just didn’t see them on stage with him, just Justin Vernon, who joined him on stage for “Lost In The World”, and “Hold My Liquor”. Daft Punk’s sample of “Stronger” was played, as everyone rushed towards the stage to see Kanye grace the stage. This was a symbolic song to start with as the chorus is “that that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger”, which the crowd heard loud and clear, and that definitely silenced all the petitioners!

The performance was running smoothly until Lee Nelson, who is a comedian turned prankster, ran on stage as Kanye was performing his forth track of the night. From what he tweeted later, it seems he did that to Kanye for the fact that Kanye did that to Taylor Swift back in 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards. As Lee was escorted off stage by security guards, Kanye continued to perform “Black Skinhead”, but then decided to start the track again, as he was thrown off by that stunt.

Kanye was lifted up on a platform to perform “Touch The Sky”, “All Of The Lights” and “Good Life” but before he surprised the crowd by doing this, he had walked off stage whilst saying “that’s not what we rehearsed in the dressing room”, which left the fans confused on what was about to happen next. That’s the thing about Kanye’s performances, no matter what, you will always get more than a regular performance, you will become a part of his music world, with all his visual and creative effects that he uses on stage, leaving you satisfied with his performance.

If Lee Nelson wasn’t the only thing not amusing Kanye, there was a banner in the crowd, which featured a picture of his wife Kim Kardashian, from her famous sex tape with Ray J, as you can see from the image below. The banner played on a lyric from Kanye’s “Gold Digger”, where he says “Get down girl, go head get down,” however the banner said “Get down girl, get head get down.”

Kim K


Kanye briefly performed covers of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Bon Iver’s “Woods”. He closed his set with “Gold Digger” and “All Falls Down”, then he told the crowd; “You are now watching the greatest living rock star on the planet.”

You can watch the entire performance on BBC iPlayer. Check out the 30 track set list for Kanye’s performance below:

Niggas in Paris
Black Skinhead
All Day
I Don’t Like
New Slaves
Blood on the Leaves
I Wonder
Woods (Bon Iver cover)
Lost in the World (with Justin Vernon)
Hold My Liquor (with Justin Vernon)
No Church In The Wild
Jesus Walks
Diamonds from Sierra Leone
Bound 2
Only One
Touch the Sky
All of the Lights
Good Life
Bohemian Rhapsody
Can’t Tell Me Nothing
Gold Digger
All Falls Down

A$AP Rocky & Wiz Khalifa Announce Co-Headline UK Arena Tour

A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa have joined forces to announce their 16 Day Trip UK Arena Tour in October. The tour starts in Nottingham on Tuesday 13th October. They will be performing in Liverpool, Birmingham and London, before reaching Manchester on Monday 19th October.

With A$AP already having the success of two #1 albums on the Billboard charts, as well as always receiving praise from fans and the media,  he is definitely known as one of the most critically acclaimed rappers in the industry. Away from music he is always respected for his style, as he was recently named in GQ Magazine’s ’20 Most Stylish Men Alive’.

Alongside him you have Wiz, who has continued to be successful within his career, as his recent single “See You Again”, which featured on the Furious 7 soundtrack, has set the record for most streams in a week in 26 countries, which includes the UK. With these two put together, this is a tour you do not want to miss out on!

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 3rd July at .

Apple’s WWDC 2015.

With the boom of streaming services over the past year, and the launch of Tidal this year, everyone was anticipating how Apple would strike back once they launched their own music streaming service, and finally they announced it during WWCD 15. They have gained the support of popular musicians in the industry such as Drake, who explained on stage what Connect was for Apple Music and The Weeknd, who performed his latest track at the end of the conference. Throughout the conference they kept showing pictures containing The Weeknd’s content.

abel faces




The Weeknd with Tim Cook.

The Weeknd performing ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ at the conference

They also have on board DJ’s such as Zane Lowe and our very own Julie Adenuga, which is amazing news,  congratulations to her making big movements!

JME showing support for his sister via Twitter below.


Apple Music will be launched June 30 2015.

The 10 most important announcements Apple made in a nutshell were:

– OS El Captain: With one touch you can mute random music that appears to play when you have various tabs open, without searching for where it is coming from. Split screen feature, so you can have more than one window open at once and the rest you can have listed on the side of your main window, which is open at the time.

– Metal for Mac: Making everything you do faster. 40% greater rendering efficiency, zoom is made flawless, Adobe are happy with the results of the software and want to use it with their programme. Richer 3D worlds are able to be created in games.

iOS 9 : When you plug in your headphones, your music automatically launches.  It gives you a location and a suggestion of who it could be if you receive calls from a random number.  Popular video searches are supported from the likes of Vimeo, YouTube and can be directly watched from search result.

– Siri is proactive now: If you ask Siri to remind you of a certain message or want to request to view a certain picture it sets a reminder, and shows you straight away. 1 billion requests for Siri on a weekly basis.

– Apple Pay: Coming to the UK in July and is available on 250,000 merchants, which is more than the US started with.

– Maps: Includes Transit, this means it shows all the train lines and bus lines on your maps and tells you the distance and best route to take to get where you need to go, even walking distance included. This makes the maps more specific and detailed.

-News App: New app to be introduced through the new update soon available. Content created using custom layout. It is fast, fluid and labelled by Apple to be the best mobile reading experience. You swipe to get through each article and are able to bookmark to read later. Photos, videos & animations all included in articles.

– iOS 9 on iPad: New task switcher, full screen preview of all apps that are open. Single finger swipe to bring in another app whilst you are on one already. Split view screen and you can move and use both windows at the same time. You can watch a video, and move it around, whilst using another window, all at the same time.

– CarPlay: This allows you to develop apps to control the features on your car.

– Saving the best for last – Apple Music: Tim Cook mentioned “We’ve had a long relationship with music at Apple and music has had a very rich history of change, some of which we’ve played a part in.”

They mentioned that the three main areas for Apple Music were:

– Revolutionary music service: It includes human-curated playlists meaning it’s quality is much better than any algorithm could attempt.

– Global radio station called Beats 1: which will function 24 hours, and is run by Zane Lowe. It will be broadcasted to New York, Los Angeles and London and you are able to listen for free, even without subscribing to the streaming service.

– Connect: It is allows unsigned artists and artists in general to upload anything they feel to, and consumers can directly access the content.

The App store has now passed 100 billion app downloads. Even though it was introduced 7 years ago. Apple just keeps on getting more powerful.

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Watch back all the performances from Hot 97’s Summer Jam

This year’s Hot 97 Summer Jam festival stage included the likes of Fetty Wap, Chedda Da Connect, Teyana Taylor, B.o.B and DeJ Loaf. If that was not enough, Ty Dolla $ign, Chris Brown, Big Sean, Faboulous, Trey Songz, Omarion, Kendrick Lamar and Meek Mill all graced the stage as the headliners.

The highlights of Summer Jam included Ty Dolla $ign bringing out DeJ Loaf and Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown bringing out G-Unit and French Montana, Kendrick bringing out ScHoolBoy Q. Fabolous also had his own mini concert when he brought out Lil Kim, Ma$e, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Mobb Deep, Method Man & Red Man, The Lox and Raekwon – all repping for NYC.  Meek Mill brought out Future and Nicki Minaj, and before she left the stage she told Meek she loved him and he responded with “I love you too baby.”

Below are videos of the performances at Summer Jam


Big Sean performing:

Meek Mill brings out Big Sean, Future & Nicki Minaj:

Omarion performing a new track:

50 Cent performing with French Montana & Chris Brown:

Fabolous performing with Black Rob, French Montana, Busta Rhymes & Chris Brown:

Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Redman & Method Man, Mobb Deep, Lil Kim & Raekwon:

In past year’s Summer Jam was experienced for free, but that was not the case this year, as it was streaming exclusively on Tidal. Despite that, social media managed to keep us in check with all the happenings, including Summer Jam’s special feature Snapchat, which included snaps from backstage, the public who attended and of course the performances.

Inside the Met Stadium seemed like a movie, shown by the picture below.

Met Stadium

However, even though it seemed like it was the place to be, there were riots that occurred outside the MetLife stadium as a large amount of individuals were not allowed in. The footage accidentally made it’s way onto the Summer Jam Snapchat story and can be seen below.

riots 2

riots 3


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Fabric Live – Tropical Gang (JME, Preditah, Logan Sama etc)


The last time I went Fabric was a while ago, so I was anticipating on this event, as I knew it would be a good night, and well it definitely was, I mean any Grime night is a good night :)

I was counting down how long it would be till JME would grace the stage, as I have been listening to his album Integrity non stop, so to hear it live would be amazing.

Prior to him performing, Slimzee & Flowdan were on stage, and knew how to keep the crowd buzzing. The DJ sets that followed were really good, as they took it old school to Dizzee Rascal’s Boy In The Corner tracks, to P Money’s ‘Gameover’ , and if P Money was played, that was of course followed by OG’z.Then the latest in Grime was played, such as Stormzy’s ‘Know Me From’.

Throughout the night in between the DJ sets, they kept playing the instrumental to JME’s track ‘Pulse 8′, which I thought was a great touch, as it created the anticipation for his performance.

When JME graced the staged, I had made it to the front by then, and of course the mosh pit had started too. Everyone was so hyped up to see JME, and I was like of course 10x more hype, I couldn’t stop smiling.


JME performed tracks from his album such as ‘No You Ain’t’,’96 F**kries’ and  more, and he brought out Skepta on stage with him for ‘Don’t @ Me’, and then Skepta went on to perform ‘That’s Not Me’.

(JME performing ‘No You Ain’t’)

(JME performing ’96 F**kries’)

(JME & Skepta – ‘Don’t @ Me’)

(Skepta performing ‘That’s Not Me’)

When JME performed ‘Man Don’t Care’, which features Giggs, I was not expecting for Giggs to actually be there! The crowd did not either, as everyone pushed towards the stage and were screaming when he came on stage with his bright white jacket. He performed his verse off the track and then he left the stage. I think it was such a good performance, and what made it better was by JME bringing the artists to join him on stage, it made the performance that more memorable, that if you missed out, you would be regretting it because it was a nice surprise. However even if JME performed on stage alone, I still know it would of been a great performance, as he is a great artist.

(Giggs performing his verse for ‘Man Don’t Care’)

Below: Pictures from the night taken by me





IMG_2736(Skepta, and JME behind him)

IMG_2740(JME and Skepta)


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