Fly News: Chance The Rapper Added To Essence Fest Lineup As A Headliner


Grammy-winning artist Chance The Rapper will join Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and others as a headliner of Time Inc.’s ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola, taking place June 30–July 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

After recently making history as the first streaming-only artist to win multiple Grammys in top categories such as Best Rap Album and Best New Artist, Chance The Rapper will make his ESSENCE Festival debut and round out the full performance lineup for the festival concert series of more than 40 acts, including new additions: No Limit Records’ Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk; BJ the Chicago Kid; Daley; Elle Varner; Emily Estefan; Gallant; Kelly Price; Leela James; and Rhonda Ross.

The full weekend concert lineup is as follows:

2017 Mainstage Artists
Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Ari Lennox, Chaka Khan, India.Arie, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, Master P, No Limit Records’ Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk, Monica, Rhonda Ross, Solange and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

2017 Superlounge Artists
BJ the Chicago Kid, Daley, Doug E. Fresh, Elle Varner, Emily Estefan, Gallant, Jhené Aiko, June’s Diary, Kelly Price, Lalah Hathaway, Leela James, Lizzo, Michel’le, Moses Sumney, PJ, Sir the Baptist, Remy Ma, Ro James, Shaggy, Teyana Taylor, The Jones Girls Featuring Shirley Jones, Tweet, Yuna

Weekend ticket packages are on sale now with prices starting at $126. For information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the ESSENCE Festival®visit

Media applications for the festival are now open. To apply for media accreditation to the nightly concerts, visit the following link: HERE.

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The 2017 ESSENCE Festival is presented by Coca-Cola and sponsored by Ford, State Farm and Walmart.

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Watch: Idris Elba Tackles “Panda” and More with Jimmy Fallon on Tonight Show

Idris Elba was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night where he was asked to indulge in a game of Box of Microphones. Guests are asked to choose from a selection of songs and then take their shot and belting out the tune using one of the microphones from the box. This is no ordinary box, the microphones each have a different special vocal effect.

When it was time to play Elba’s first selection was Desiigner’s hit “Panda.” Fallon was up next with Drake’s “One Dance,” and the two finished things off with a duet of Lionel Richie and Diana Ross’s “Endless Love.”

Watch it below for the hilarious results.

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New Music: MAAD*MOISELLE – “Sweet & Low”


Rhythmic-pop siren MAAD*MOISELLE returns with the release of her new single,Sweet & Low — a 70s-funk inspired tune that’s one part groove and one part disco jam premiering August 10, 2015 on Sweet & Low is heavily influenced by the disco era and encompasses everything you would expect from that glorious time in music — a groovy, sexy, funky good time! Produced by #PRODUCEDBYTHEVAMP and written by MAAD and Guylaire Léon, it’s truly a record that calls to keep the summer party going.

Of Sweet & Low, MAAD says: 

“I really looked to the 70s era this time around — all of the glam, glitz and groove. It was important for me to make the music feel good. I want people to get up, dance and have a great time, but also feel the sound. The 70s played a huge role in creating this record. We just wanted to create something that felt fun and organic. I loved how the music and culture during this decade made people forget about their worries and I want to do the same for people in the present day.”

Sweet & Low is riddled with glamorous Diana Ross vibes (a legendary artist who has had significant influence on MAAD’s personal artistry) — sassy, sweet and always fabulous. One look at MAAD and the influence is easily understood. Along with being a singer and songwriter, MAAD is also an emerging fashion model and DJ to watch, having modeled in fashion campaigns for the likes of designer label William Okpo, appearing in music videos for artists such as Luke James, working alongside superstar Drake and even making television appearances in hit shows such as Power on Starz.

MOISELLE truly defines her sound and identity in a genuine manner with Sweet & Low, which is apart of a untitled forthcoming full-length project scheduled to release later this year.

“I hope that people really enjoy themselves, leave their worries at the door and let this record be the soundtrack for their special moments,” says MAAD.  “I just want people to feel good when listening to it. Get into the groove!”

Sweet & Low is available on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.

Visit MAAD*MOISELLE’s official website at

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New Music: Evan Ross feat. T.I. – “How To Live Alone” [Fly Music]


Springing off the talents of his mother, Diana Ross, Evan Ross carries on the family music legacy and once again displays his singing chops! “How To Live Alone” comes to us on today from Evolve Music Group/Capitol Records featuring  Evan ATL cohort, T.I.. The single will be available on iTunes and all digital providers on Monday, May 18th.

Written by Jon Bellion, Evan Ross, & T.I. and produced by SONIX and Oh Francesco, “How to Live Alone” is the first single from Ross’s forthcoming full-length debut. The ultimate expression of love, the passionate ballad is an ode to Ross’s wife Ashlee Simpson whom he married last August. The official visual is also on it’s way directed by Jessy Terrero.

Ross says:

“The song is about the idea that if you couldn’t be with the one you love, you would learn how to live alone. Because you could never love another.”

About not putting out an album years ago:

“I could have probably rushed an album out years ago, but it would not have been good. I’m in a place now where there are things that I want to share, and this album is really about the joy of being in love. A few years ago I don’t know what this record would have been about. Acting is great, but music is more personal—it’s actually about me—and I wanted to make sure it felt right.”

The upcoming album will feature production from the likes of Rodney Jerkins, Rich Skillz, DJ White Shadow and more.

Listen to the official single below:

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[Laugh of The Day] “Guess Who’s Coming To [Patti’s] Dinner” Episode #1

Please watch this hilarious parody of Guess Who’s Coming To [Patti‘s] Dinner – Episode 1. Please prepare yourself…lol!