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 Queen Bey has unveiled the music video for Spirit, which features in Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King, and boy is it powerful.

The actress and singer lends her voice to the character of Nala in the movie, directed by Jon Favreau and featuring talents like Donald Glover, John Oliver, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, JD McCrary and James Earl Jones.

Beyoncé told ABC News's Robin Roberts that the video's concept is “to show how God is the painter and natural beauty in nature needs no art direction."

She added; “It’s the beauty of colour, the beauty of melanin, the beauty of tradition.”

Clips from The Lion King are interspersed within the video, which sees the icon sitting in the desert wearing an array of colourful gowns.

Her seven-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, also makes a cameo in Spirit, looking every inch the image of her stunning mum.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Spirit is just one song off Beyonce’s The Lion King: The Gift album, which accompanies the film. Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams also add their talents to The Gift.

Mood 4 Eva contains the vocal talents of hip-hop legend Jay-Z while Brown Skin Girl sees Blue Ivy add her voice.

Beyoncé described the soundtrack as a “love letter to Africa, adding: “And I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued; “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.” 

Beyonce confirmed that drums will be used heavily on the work, as well as “incredible new sounds mixed with some of the producers from America”.

The Lion King: The Gift will be released on July 19, alongside the film landing in cinemas. Watch the awe-inspiring video for Spirit below, and try not to gasp at every outfit change like we did;

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Ireland isn't exactly the hotspot for musical talent to visit during the summer, but recently we've been acquiring some absolutely MAJOR acts from around the world.

Some of us may remember the days of Oxygen (Rest in Pieces), but Electric Picnic has taken over as the biggest and most popular festival in the Irish calendar.

Longitude appears to have become the most 'hip-hop' festival in town overnight, who saw that one coming? All the young ones adore it, hence why artists such as Chance the Rapper, Future and AS$P Rocky are headlining it this year.

Oh, and the queen that is CARDI B (gasp)… this will be us when she emerges on stage like the glorious, ghetto peacock that she is:

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Luckily for you, we've decided to do a round-up of EVERYTHING there is to know of 2019's Irish music festivals.

Strap yourselves in, get your raincoat and wellies ready, it's looking like a muddy ride. 

God knows why we all live for summer's music gigs, most of us have had our stuff stolen, our tents destroyed and our dignity abandoned, yet we still come crawling back for more. Must be our dedication to the art, or something?

First up: Castlepalooza: May 3 – May 5 2019

Things have been pretty hush hush this year in Castlepalooza-land. So far, no headline acts have been announced and even the early bird tickets aren't on sale yet.

As far as speculation goes, they normally stick to Irish acts such as AllTvvins and The Rubberbandits, so maybe they'll get Dermot Kennedy or Picture This?

We're assuming it's still taking place in Charleville Castle, Tullamore, but they've changed the dates so who knows. All will be revealed.

Life Festival: May 24 – May 26 2019

For #Life19, some major dance players have been given the green light to DJ, including Giggs, Bicep, MK, Nina Kraviz and CamelPhat. Think District 8 but in the woodlands.

The festival is returning to Belvedere House in County Westmeath for a weekend of phenomenal tunes. There are three days, six stages and a jam-packed line-up.

Chill by the lakeside stage for a more relaxed vibe, or hit the District 8 tent and Main Stage for absolute dance mania.

Vantastival: 31 May – June 2 2019

Known as the last real festival for camper vans and 'legit' music lover families, Vantastival is relatively unknown in some circles but a must-see in others.

Taking place in Drogheda, Co. Louth, the festival boasts comedy shows, craft beer, art installations and a kids' camp for families.

The festival gets some unbelievable talent up to play, and the headline acts this year have already been announced.

King Kong Company, David Keenan, Cry Monster Cry, Just Mustard and I'd Fight Gandhi are all hitting the stages this year, it's gonna be a BIG one for their 10th anniversary.

Forbidden Fruit: June 1 – June 3 2019

Forbidden Fruit has been a steadily growing Irish festival for years, with some well-known as well as emerging talent performing DJ sets in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham.

Headliners this year are Mura Masa (INCREDIBLE), Skepta, Elbow, First Aid Kit and Danny Brown. They're spreading out the genres this year, bringing in some new and more alternative names.

Tickets went on-sale back in December, but there are still a few left. We recommend grabbing them before they're gone.

Body&Soul: June 21 – June 23 2019

The arts festival takes place in Ballinlough, Co. Westmeath, and it's celebrating it's 10th run this year.

Previous headliners include Nick Cave, but they have yet to tease 2019's fixtures. 

It's a cesspit for creative minds, branding itself as the biggest 'independent' festival in Ireland. They're announcing the line-up very soon, so stay tuned. We're guessing perhaps Christine and the Queens?

Sea Sessions: June 21- June 23 2019

Sea Sessions is well on the rise. The festival is specifically for surfers, and takes place in Bundoran, Co. Donegal for those sea lovers every year.

They've got a STELLAR line-up for 2019: Sigrid (I cried when I saw her, not gonna lie), Clean Bandit and Two Door Cinema Club are the star acts who will blaze up that stage.

This one looks set to be an incredible year, especially if the weather holds up. Tickets are on sale now, but it sells out every year so get on it ASAP.

Longitude – July 5 – July 7 2019

They've just announced some massive names to the chart: Cardi B and Anne-Marie are two unreal additions.

The festival is running from Friday July 5 until Sunday July 7 in Marlay Park, and always gets some pure stunning weather (for once).

The line-ups have DRASTICALLY changed even since 2017, when Mumford & Sons took centre stage. It's all about those rap stars nowadays, who would have thought Irish people would crave the genre so much? Maybe it's just the young wans.

Tickets are back on sale this Friday, February 1 at 9am. Get ready for online mayhem, as Cardi B is sure to attract thousands of eager fans. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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All Together Now: August 2 – August 4 2019

The festival takes place in Curraghmore House in County Waterford during the August Bank Holiday, so it's always a sure-fire hit.

American indie band The National are the headliners for this year's take; previous performers include Fleet Foxes, Mura Masa, Villagers and First Aid Kit.

Most of the tickets have already sold-out for this year's festival, but there's always DoneDeal? Camper van tickets are also still available, but not much else except the higher priced ones.

Electric Picnic: August 30 – September 1 2019

So E.P. is ALREADY sold-out, as predicted. 

The speculation has begun, seeing as nobody is aware of the line-up as of yet, and we're gonna go ahead and pray that our home-girl ARIANA GRANDE hits the Main Stage. Get your rosary beads out.

Last year saw N.E.R.D, Kendrick Lamar and The Prodigy hit the stage as headliners, and Sigrid and Dua Lipa absolutely smashed it during their performances. We'd love to see those gals return with new albums under their belts.

There you are, gals. The ULTIMATE Irish music festival round-up for 2019…so far. We're tingling with excitement already at the thought of sneaking in all those naggins/cans/wine bottles/shoulders/litres/whatever the kids drink nowadays.

Now all we need is the funds to afford any/all of these amazing gigs. Maybe we could sneak in?

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Another day, another world famous celebrity enjoying some downtime in the Irish capital.

Earlier today, the lads down at FLYEfit Macken Street welcomed one of their most high-profile guests do date when the one and only Kendrick Lamar popped in for a quick training session.

Now, if that's not an incentive to go to the gym, we don't  know what is. 

The Grammy Award winner is in Dublin ahead of his sold out show in the 3Arena on Wednesday night, and clearly he's already made himself at home.

With numerous sighting reported around the city, Twitter users have launched a full scale 'Kendrick Watch' and are already preparing themselves for the moment the inevitably bump into the star strolling down Grafton Street. 

The rapper will bring his DAMN. tour to Dublin's 3Arena this week, but you'd probably need to sell your Granny to get a ticket. 

In the meantime you'll just have to keep your eyes peeled – we have a felling he'll be popping up all over the place over the next few day. 

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This is not a drill!

Kendrick Lamar has just announced the European leg of THE DAMN TOUR for Spring 2018.

The Grammy-award winner will perform 15 dates across 11 different countries including a show in Dublin's 3Arena on February 7.

The announcement follows the release of his his fourth studio album DAMN, which won the praise of fans and music critics alike.

The record debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and Rolling Stone declared it "dazzling display of showy rhyme skills, consciousness-raising political screeds, self-examination and bass-crazy-kicking…"

Tickets from €62 go on sale Friday 06 October at 9am via Ticketmaster.

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Even if you're a major superstar, that doesn't stop your mam from sending you a cringey text.

Kendrick Lamar is killing it at the moment, after having just released the fastest selling album of 2017 so far.

However, last night the rapper shared a tweet he received from his mother – and it's really just like any text our mammies would send us.

His mam definitely went overboard with the emojis, something we're sure most can relate to.

And Kendrick noted on it, replying to his mam, "You going emoji brazy."

Ah, we just love when we can relate to superstars…

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Kendrick Lamar has released the track list and artwork for his fourth studio album, Damn.

The rapper is known for collaborating with other artists, but his latest partnership has come as a quite a surprise to fans.

The US rapper has confirmed that U2 and Rhianna will both feature on his upcoming album.

It's not clear if Kendrick teamed up with Bono and the lads in studio or if a sample was used, but either way, we're excited to find out. 

Twitter, on the other hand, has seriously mixed feeling about the announcement.

In the past, Kendrick has collaborated with the likes of J. Cole, Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift and fans of the rapper were actually left puzzled by how few artists feature on his latest album. 

Speaking to The New York Times Kendrick described the album as ''very urgent'' and stressed that he wanted to return to “addressing the problem”.

“I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God.''

He continued: ''Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.”

Damn is out this Friday, April 14. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Last night, Kendrick Lamar dropped the video for his new single, Humble.

And while the song has many qualities, it was praised all across social media for including natural beauty.

Featured in the video was a woman with no make-up, stretch marks, and her hair was flowing au-natural.

The lyrics include lines such as, "I'm so f*cking sick and tired on the Photoshop/ Show me somethin' natural like afro on Richard Pryor. 

"Show me somethin' natural like ass with some stretch marks/ Still will take you down right on your mama's couch in Polo socks, ayy."

And here are the reactions from Twitter: 

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The crowd went wild last night at the fifteenth annual BET Awards in Los Angeles, when Queen B took to the stage to perform a live rendition of Freedom, a track from her album Lemonade.

She opened the show with rapper Kendrick Lamar, who is set to headline Longitude this month in Marlay Park, and quite literally brought the house down. There was smoke, lava and some fireworks- casual Sunday night. 

BEYONCE

The best part? It was a total surprise! Bey was not supposed to be performing at the awards, and was not even included on the set list. 

The awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and all other areas of entertainment.

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To top off the major excitement of her performance, Bey also took home the award for Best Female R&B Artist! Among the other winners were Drake, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.

What a night! All hail Queen B!

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After disappointing many fans in 2015 with no new music, Kanye West promised that each and every Friday, he would debut a new track from his album this year.

And, yep, he's already let us down, skipping out on last Friday's release. Less than two weeks after he promised us. *Sarcastic clapping*.

But not to fear, as his wife, Kim Kardashian, came to his rescue to clear things up.

The reality star took to social media to excuse her husband for being a no-show. In the tweet, Kim said: "I soooo didn’t mean to lie to you guys about GOOD FRIDAYS coming back.

"Kanye flew to Italy for a Yeezy Season 3 fitting. He flew Noah out with him so he could finish ‘No More Parties In La’ & wrote 90 bars on the plane there!!!”

She then assured her his fans that the new song will be coming soon and Kanye went straight to the studio to finish it.

Bit late now, Kanye.

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It's been a busy few days for Glen Hansard, for sure.

On Saturday he performed to a tiny crowd in Dingle as part of RTÉ's annual Other Voices event… but his music has reached an altogether more international stage today.

The Frames frontman has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award for his solo work, earning a Best Folk Album nod for Didn't He Ramble.

Glen's album, his second as a solo artist, was released in September of this year. The Dublin-born singer spread his wings while putting together the album, choosing to record songs in New York, Chicago and France as well as his home country.

For many musicians, a GRAMMY might be considered the peak of their career, but of course we can't forget that Mr. Hansard already has an Oscar to his name. Back in 2008, Glen and Marketa Irglova won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards for Falling Slowly, featured in their film Once.

Other top contenders at this year's GRAMMYs include Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Ed Sheeran.

See the full list of pop, rock, R&B and folk nominees here:

Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"
Wiz Kahifa feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"

Record of the Year
D'Angelo and the Vanguard, "Really Love"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
The Weeknd, "Can't Feel my Face"

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Florence + The Machine, " Ship to Wreck"
Maroon 5, "Sugar"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece
Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Mark Ronson, Uptown Special
Taylor Swift, 1989
James Taylor, Before This World

Best Dance Recording
Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston, 'We're All We Need"
The Chemical Brothers, "Go'
Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Never Catch Me"
Galantis, "Runaway (U & I)"
Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber, "Where Are Ü Now"

Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"
Florence + The Machine,"What Kind Of Man"
Foo Fighters, "Something From Nothing"
Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"
Wolf Alice, "Moaning Lisa Smile"

Best Alternative Music Album
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Björk, Vulnicura
My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall
Tame Impala, Currents
Wilco, Star Wars

Best Rap Album
J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Dr. Dre, Compton
Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprin

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Caribou, Our Love
The Chemical Brothers, Born in the Echoes
Disclosure, Caracal
Jamie XX, In Colour
Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Rock Song
Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"
Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"
James Bay, "Hold Back the River"
Highly Suspect, "Lydia"
Florence + the Machine, "What Kind of Man"

Best Rock Album
James Bay, Chaos and the Calm
Death Cab for Cutie, Kintsugi
Highly Suspect, Mister Asylum
Muse, Drones
Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter

Best R&B Performance
Tamar Braxton, "If I Don't Have You"
Andra Day, "Rise Up"
Hiatus Kaiyote, "Breathing Underwater"
Jeremih feat. J. Cole, "Planes"
The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Faith Evans, "He Is"
Lalah Hathaway, "Little Ghetto Boy"
Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"
Tyrese, "Shame"
Charlie Wilson, "My Favorite Part of You"

Best R&B Song
Miguel, "Coffee"
The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"
Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"
D'Angelo and The Vanguard, "Really Love"
Tyrese, "Shame"

Best R&B Album
Leon Bridges, Coming Home
D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah
Andra Day, Cheers to the Fall
Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show
Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie

Best Rap Performance
J. Cole, "Apparently"
Drake, "Back to Back"
Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne, "Truffle Butter"
Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, "All Day"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend, "One Man Can Change the World"
Common & John Legend, "Glory"
Jidenna feat. Roman GianArthur, "Classic Man"
Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, "These Walls"
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown, "Only"

Best Rap Song
Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, "All Day"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Drake, "Energy"
Common & John Legend, "Glory"
Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"

 

Best Folk Album
Norman Blake, Wood, Wire & Words
Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn
Patty Griffin, Servant of Love
Glen Hansard, Didn't He Ramble

Best Pop Solo Performance
Kelly Clarkson, "Heartbeat Song"
Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"

Best Music Video
A$AP Rocky, "LSD"
The Dead Weather, "I Feel Love"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Pharrell Williams, "Freedom"

Best Music Film
Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways
James Brown, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone
Roger Waters, The Wall
Amy Winehouse, Amy

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