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Jitta On The Track Announces ‘Alphabet Soup’ Release Date

OurStage artist Jitta On The Track has been making big waves since he won the OurStage “Rise” Competition and landed a coveted opening slot on Drake’s Club Paradise Tour. He’s since been signed to DAS Communications, the management company that has handled artists from Ke$ha to The Black Eyed Peas, and has even been featured on MTV News and Vibe. And judging by the official announcement of his upcoming album’s release date, it looks like he’s keeping in close touch with some of the buds he made on tour. In a brief announcement from the set of the “Alphabet Soup” music video, Jitta tells us that the album is going to drop on Thanksgiving Day and teases some of the artists who will have feature spots. He’s censored some of the bigger names to keep them secret, but we think we can make out at least J. Cole and French Montana, both of whom he met on The Club Paradise Tour. Sure helps to have friends in high places, doesn’t it? See if you can guess who the other spots will be!

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Taylor, Titus, And ‘Tasha – New Releases For October 23

What’s not to love about Tuesdays? You get to listen to a bunch of great new albums, and it’s not Monday anymore. That enough is cause for celebration. This week’s slate of new releases is especially diverse, and gives fans of almost every genre something great to spin.

Taylor SwiftRed

If at first, you hated “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” then you started humming it absentmindedly in the supermarket aisle, and then you found it taking over every waking thought, you’re not alone. Every successive single released from Red has nestled itself into the deepest recesses of our minds like a musical laser beam of pure studio magic. Red could be Swift’s most blatantly poppy, and best, album yet.

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

Indie whiz kid Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut is a stunner. A cohesive rap album with a unified concept that doesn’t get bogged down in its own storytelling, good kid, m.A.A.d city features Lamar spitting beautifully rhymed off–kilter verses complemented by an all–star guest list that features Drake, Dr. Dre, production by Pharrell, Hit Boy, and more.

Bat For Lashes The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes’ first album in three years showcases a new set of moody chamber ballads from singer Natasha Khan. Dark synths shiver and glitchy beats pop behind Khan’s lyrical journeys into the shadows of her own psyche. Impossibly compelling and intricately composed, the songs on The Haunted Man demand repeated listens.

Further Seems Forever – Penny Black

Further Seems Forever make their triumphant return with original singer Chris Carrabba, and the result is everything that fans have been waiting for since the release of The Moon Is Down more than ten years ago. The band has never sounded more cohesive or confident, and Carrabba’s vocals soar high over a tangle of rhythmically dense guitar work. It’s emo all grown up.

Titus AndronicusLocal Business

Scrappy Jersey punks Titus Andronicus have already made a concept album about the Civil War, so it only makes sense that their newest effort is a little bit closer to home. Local Business details the band’s personal trials – sometimes in an intensely honest way, as on “My Eating Disorder” – to brash and strident success. This one’s meant to be played loud.

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X Factor Renewed For Third Season

I can’t imagine a better way for reality TV junkies to start their Tuesday morning other than reveling in the recently confirmed news that FOX’s X Factor will be returning for a third season.

Though it is still unclear if Britney Spears or Demi Lovato will be back for the third season, FOX’s alternative entertainment president Mike Darnell made a few comments, which seemed to indicate a favorable push towards the two.

“The format changes are working, the contestants are unbelievably talented, and Britney and Demi — alongside Simon and L.A. Reid — have brought an incredibly fun new chemistry to the judges’ panel that our fans really love.”

Also weighing in on the renewal was everyone’s favorite love to hate him judge, Simon Cowell.

“I couldn’t be happier about The X Factor already being renewed for another season,” Cowell said, “I am so proud of the show and the team who have made it this season. I want to thank our incredible sponsors for their support and creativity, and FOX for going out of their way to do everything they can to make this show a success. Most importantly, I have to personally thank our amazing fans for the support and enthusiasm they have given to The X Factor. Our main commitment will always be to find great talent, and let’s not forget, we are now days away from our first live shows. The gloves are off! Expect fireworks!”

If you like Britney Spears check out OurStage artist Take The Day.

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Is Rihanna Getting Millions For Flicking A Light Switch?

The British tabloids are abuzz today with word that pop starlet Rihanna would be receiving a £5 million, or over $8 million USD, pay day for turning on the lights.

Now these aren’t ordinary lights. It’s not as though the Barbadian singer is getting paid every time she flicks the lights off when she leaves a room! Though it begs the question what kind of residuals dimmer switches bring in.

No, RiRi is getting the big bucks to turn on the holiday lights at Westfield Stratford City, a shopping complex in East London and one of the largest such complexes in the European Union. Granted, she’s also performing a concert as part of the lighting ceremony, but who cares about that!

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Mixtape Mondays: An Introduction

Hello and welcome to the very first edition of OurStage’s latest recurring column, Mixtape Mondays. This feature will be appearing on our blog 2-3 times a month and highlight the latest mixtape releases from hip hop artists around the world, as well as those here on OurStage. If you’re an aspiring hip hop superstar, send links to your OurStage account, as well as your latest mixtape to with the subject “Mixtape Monday Submission.”

The past few week have been pretty crazy for hip hop fans. On top of a plethora of strong Fall releases, no other point in 2012 has seen as many big names hitting the mixtape circuit as we’ve witnessed in the last month. This week I want to highlight three of those releases, each with their own unique appeal. Continue reading ‘Mixtape Mondays: An Introduction’

The Game Reveals ‘Jesus Piece’ Artwork

Most God–fearing Christians know that Jesus was all about that forgiveness stuff, but The Game might be pushing it with this one. Yesterday, the rapper revealed the cover art for his upcoming album Jesus Piece, which features a stained glass–style depiction of the artist dressed as Jesus, the original Nazarene baller. He sports a red bandana, a teardrop tattoo, and, fittingly, a gold Jesus piece. Speaking to Rap–Up about the concept behind the album, The Game clarified his gleefully unorthodox personal dogma. “I don’t want to feel like I can’t love God or appreciate Jesus and have to put down that blunt,” the rapper said.

While The Game’s typical Sunday schedule, which includes strip club visits and pre–mass blaze sessions, will undoubtedly strike many fellow Christians as just a tad bit sacrilegious, the rapper is actually very perceptive about the hypocritical relationship that many hip–hop artists have with religion. “Self-consciously rappers just throw on a Jesus Piece. We spend like 25, 50 grand on a Jesus Piece, but then we’re reluctant to put $100 in the collection plate,” The Game said. Surprisingly, the Compton–bred rapper isn’t the only emcee who’s been willing to wade in the water recently. With Rick Ross releasing The Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape several weeks ago, it seems like hip–hop is taking a momentary turn towards the Tabernacle, with 40s and joints included, of course.

Fans of The Game should check out OurStage artist Skweeky Klean!

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Watch Q-Tip Talk New Solo Album, Heritage, And Tease “Cruel Winter” Details

I hope you all had a G.O.O.D. Cruel Summer. It’s time to head back to Cruel School, just in time for Cruel Fall. And it’ll be Cruel Winter before you know it.

Q-Tip, one of the more sage members of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music clique, dished some heavy information in an interview with HipHopSince1987, a blog whose name is self explanatory. Like his ancestry; the title for Q-Tip’s upcoming fourth solo record, The Last Zulu, was inspired by his discovery of his South African Zulu lineage thanks to a birthday DNA test courtesy of his manager. Forensic genealogy, now that’s a thoughtful gift idea.

But Q-Tip, real name Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, wasn’t done talking records.

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Soundtrax: Rap Royalty

Get your drinks in the air – we’re celebrating the biggest and baddest rappers in the game. This mix features some of the hottest names in hip-hop, alongside rising OurStage rappers Jitta On The Track, Will Brennan and The Niceguys. Enjoy!

The Weeknd Give “Wicked Games” A Visual Treatment Ahead Of ‘Trilogy’ Release

It’s probably good to be Abel Tesfaye, frontman of much hyped R&B act The Weeknd. Though you wouldn’t be able to tell that from his dour lyrics about his philandering ways, trifling women, and copious drug use.

But Abel, you’ve got a lot going for you! After all, we inch ever closer to the release of your group’s first full length, Trilogy, the compilation album that features remastered versions of your band’s previous mixtape releases House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, along with some new material. And that album trailer for Trilogy that came out last week was pretty snazzy too!

Oh and that new video you just put out yesterday is really great too! Yes, really! Yeah, the super atmospheric black and white one that The Weeknd just did for “Wicked Games” that can be seen after the jump.

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R. Kelly Teases New ‘Trapped In The Closet’ Saga

While all you Black Friday fanatics are scouring the shelves for the latest technology, I’ll be hanging out at home, powering up the ol’ Mac, and getting ready to witness history. That’s right, my friends, I’m talking about the release of R. Kelly’s latest installment of Trapped In The Closet.

With 20 new chapters already in the bag, R. Kelly is promising that the hip-hopera will pick up where it left off, no doubt revealing new twists and turns, while solving long questioned mysteries, such as “Where is Chuck?”

“‘Trapped in the Closet’ is forever,” Kelly told TIME. “I’ve got like a hundred chapters to come.”

Could there be a better Thanksgiving weekend treat? Check out Trapped In The Closet on IFC Nov. 23 at 9pm. In the mean time, give yourself a little sneak peak at the Chapter 23 trailer right here.

If you like R. Kelly, check out OurStage artist J-Lyriq

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