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Jay-Z, Janelle Monae, Chance The Rapper Headline Woodstock 50

On Tuesday night, organizers released the lineup for Woodstock 50 and it’s one for the ages. The eclectic lineup features JAY-Z, Change the Rapper, Vince Staples, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, Run the Jewels, Janelle Monáe, Princess Nokia, Common and many more.

Michael Lang, the co-founder of the original 1969 festival, spoke to Billboard about the combing multiple genres for the 50th anniversary. “The lineup will be a mix of some of the old bands who are still performing and a lot of new headline talent,” said Lang. “Probably more than any other festival’s ever had. It’ll cross genres from rock to pop, folk and hip hop. It’s kind of representative of this idea of engagement and trying to steer toward acts that are heavily involved in social issues. So there’s some real gravitas in the performance and we want it to live on beyond the event.”

The lineup will also include artists who appeared at the 1969 Woodstock such as talking Santana, David Crosby, John Fogerty, Canned Heat, as well as members of Dead & Co. The performances will take place on three stages: the Peace Stage, Love Stage, and Music Stage—names that nod to the original music fest, which featured legendary artists like Jimi Hendrix, Sly and The Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, and Janis Joplin.

Woodstock was a music festival held on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains, northwest of New York City, on the dates of August 15–18, 1969. The festival reportedly attracted an audience of more than 400,000 participants.

Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” it was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York, 43 miles southwest of Woodstock.

In spite of torrential rain pouring all throughout the weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors. Woodstock is still widely regarded as a vital moment in popular music history, as well as the definitive event that represented counterculture generation.

Woodstock 50 tickets will go on sale April 22. To find out more information, go to the festival’s official website.

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ABC Picks Up Two Pilots Produced by 50 Cent

After having a dominating run in the rap game, 50 Cent is positioning himself to bring that same energy to the small screen. The executive credentials of 50 Cent just keep growing. His premium cable show Power is a huge success. Now it’s being reported by Variety that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has two new shows being greenlit by ABC studios.

United We Fall is a multi-cam family sitcom that shows when two people with young children and overenthusiastic blended family truly love each other, anything is possible. Julius “Goldy” Sharpe will write and executive produce along with Julia Gunn and Seth Gordon also executive producing. Sony Pictures and ABC Studios will also produce this pilot.

 

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According to Variety, “The untitled drama is a serialized legal and family drama about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him.”

Mr. Jackson has been making significant moves as television and film mogul. He recently signed a multi-series deal with Starz worth an estimated $150 million. Per the deal, he will continue to create new scripted material and an unscripted series for the network through his G-Unit Film & Television Inc.

50 and G-Unit already have two new projects in active development, “Black Mafia Family,” and “Vanguard”: which he had open casting calls for.

50’s work as a power player in the tv and film industry is just beginning.

 

 

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Swizz Beatz Presents Exhibit on ‘Black Renaissance’ Art in L.A

Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean is regarded as one of the greatest producers ever in hip-hop. Along with collecting chart-topping hits, Swizz has garnered a reputation as collector and lover of fine art. Now it’s being reported that Swizz is partnering with UTA artist space to develop a new show that highlights ‘Black Renaissance’ works. Entitled “Dreamweavers.” the exhibition opens on Feb. 13 and continuing through April 13th amidst L.A.’s convergence of art fairs including Frieze LA and Art Los Angeles Contemporary with works by Kehinde Wiley (portraitist of Barack Obama), Kerry James Marshall and more.

“Dreamweavers.” is curated by Nicola Vassell, who also serves as an art advisor to Dean. “At this particular moment, it feels like the doors have been flung open and the conversation is welcome,” Vassell observed. It’s a super positive moment in that these narratives are being embedded institutionally. And the consequence of that is economic success and cultural influence.”

Explaining the process, Swizz noted, “This show had to happen right here, right now. Many of the artists are my friends and some of the works you’ll see on view are from The Dean Collection,” his initiative with wife Alicia Keys that they describe as a “family art collection focused on the support of living artists.” Adds Dean of the UTA show, “It’s a family gathering, Nicola is my long-time collaborator and UTA was passionate from the beginning. L.A. is always on my mind.”

Swizz love of art is well documented. He and his wife, multi-Grammy award winning Alicia Keys previously announced their artist grant program that awards $100,000 in grants of $5,000 among 20 artists around the world to “put on their first show” on Instagram. Swizz also serves on the board of the Brooklyn Museum. He launched the “No Commission Art Fair,” which is free for artists who also get to keep all profits from each sale.

 

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Vic Mensa Shares His Convo With Jay-Z About World Renowned Artist BANKSY

Chi-Town slang spitter Vic Mensa has managed to put himself in a no-lose situation, being under the wing of Roc Nation head honcho Jay-Z, but Mensa says that his conversations with his boss are now becoming cross cultural.

During an interview with Ebro Darden for Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio show, Mensa had a chance to kick it with Ebro about choppin’ it up wit Hov about internationally known street artist BANKSY.

“I was having this conversation with Hov the other day and I was playing him one of the 93 Punks records. That record – it’s subject matter is like a real incident that happened recently,” said Vic. “It’s so much carnage and it’s so dark that he was like ‘Damn, I want to dance to it, but it’s hard to, knowing what the lyrics are about.’”

Mensa went on about his convo with Jay, “I told him, ‘That’s kinda what I meant to do is make people uncomfortable.’ Then he started telling me this story about how he reached out to Banksy when Banksy did that shredder on the painting that sold all crazy. Hov was like, ‘I respect the way you’re on these n*ggas neck right now.’ And Banksy’s like, ‘You really let me know I could do it when you had the Lourve ushering you and Beyonce through the museum and you made ‘Big Pimpin.” At its essence, the sh*t that we’re doing is counterculture.”

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SCOPE/Miami Art Basel To Exhibit ‘Young Thug As Paintings’

During Miami Art Basel, Young Thug is teaming up with Netherlands-based artist, Hajar Benjida for their SCOPE Miami Beach installation, “Young Thug As Paintings,” an iteration that Benjida originated on Instagram (@YoungThugAsPaintings).

Originally a school project, Benjida’s “Young Thug As Paintings” pays homage to the cultural capital of Thug, by juxtaposing him with some of history’s most revered works of art. Each combination offers a glimpse into Young Thug’s fluid sense of style and musicality. “I jokingly answered an interview question with “I hope to discuss renaissance paintings with Thug someday. 1.5 years later and I’m bringing my project to life together with Young Thug himself,” stated Benjida.

The exhibit will be available for viewing December 4th through December 9th at the 18th Annual SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair. SCOPE is one of the most important satellite art fairs that takes place during Miami Art Basel. The exhibit is sponsored by Young Stoner Life Records and 300 Entertainment.

Young Thug is one of the most profound artists of this generation and we’re going to continue to celebrate him in the most innovative ways.”

Hajar Benjida’s display of Thug’s influence through art disruption is incredible. This is also a celebration of Hajar’s talent and her appreciation of the culture,” says Rayna Bass, Head of Cultural Marketing at 300 Entertainment.

Thug’s exhibit comes shortly after the release of his latest EP, On the Rvn, which featured surprise appearances from Elton John, Jaden Smith, 6lack, and Offset.

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Buyer Of Self-Destructing BANKSY Painting Will Go Through With Million Dollar Sale

The buyer of the iconic Banksy painting that shredded itself only moments after selling for $1.1 million, has confirmed that she will go through with the sale.

A print of the iconic “Girl with Balloon” painting from 2006 went up for auction at Sotheby’s in London last Friday, but within moments of the record breaking bid being announced at around 9PM, an alarm was immediately triggered within the frame, before the painting was shredded into ribbons that hung from the bottom.

In the aftermath of the incident, the artist shared a now-deleted behind-the-scenes video revealing how he installed a shredder into a picture frame. Sotheby’s were also forced to deny their involvement, however, it’s now been confirmed that the buyer is a female European collector, who still intends to go through with the sale.

The new-look work has also been given a new title, Love Is In The Bin, and granted a certificate of authenticity by Pest Control, Banksy’s authentication team.

The anonymous woman said, “When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realize that I would end up with my own piece of art history.”

Sotheby’s Alex Branczik added, “Banksy didn’t destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one.”

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BANKSY Self-Shredding Painting Doubles In Value After Selling For $1.1 Million

The Banksy painting that self-destructed after being sold for $1.1 million has reportedly doubled in value after the controversial stunt.

A print of the iconic ‘Girl with Balloon’ painting went up for sale at Sotheby’s Auction House in London in Friday evening. Within moments of the record breaking bid being announced at around 9PM , an alarm was immediately triggered within the frame, before the painting was shredded into ribbons that hung from the bottom.

Despite going through the shredder, art experts believe that Banksy may have actually increased the value of the iconic work.

The 2006 painting, which shows s a girl reaching out to a red heart-shaped balloon, is widely viewed as one of Banksy’s most iconic images. It was initially valued at around $300,000 but eventually sold for $1.5M.

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Beyond The Streets Curates Beastie Boys’ ‘Live And Direct’ Book Tour Exhibit

Beyond The Streets Art Collective is curating an exhibit with the Beastie Boys for their forthcoming 600-page memoir entitled The Beastie Boys Book: Live And Direct.

The six-date, four-city book tour, which is scheduled to begin later this month in NYC, will have events featuring readings, Q&A sessions with Mike D, Ad Rock, a guest moderator and a live score from DJ Mix Master Mike. This project is part of an ongoing collabo with Beyond The Streets and adidas skateboarding.

The traveling exhibit will feature memorabilia from the trio’s unforgettable career, giving visitors a deeper look into their four decade legacy as one of Hip Hop’s most groundbreaking acts.

The Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct Tour kicks off with a pair New York City stops beginning in Manhattan on October 29 at Town Hall and then moving to Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre on October 30. Mike D and Ad-Rock then head out to the West Coast for appearances at Los Angeles’s Montalban Theatre on November 3 and 4 and at San Francisco’s City Arts & Lectures at Nourse Theater on November 5. The brief run will culminate on November 30 in London, England at EartH.

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