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Jay-Z adds Run-D.M.C., Drake, & Jill Scott to ‘Made in America’ Festival


Jay-Z has assembled quite the roster for the inaugural “Made in America” festival in Philadelphia on Sept. 1 & 2. Run-D.M.C., Jill Scott and Drake are among the artists added to the bill of the two-day outdoor concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

They join previously announced performers Skrillex, D’Angelo, Maybach Music Group, Odd Future, Passion Pit and Janelle Monae. Jay-Z will headline on Saturday while rockers Pearl Jam close out the festival on Sunday.

Single-day tickets go on sale this Friday via Ticketmaster.



NEW MUSIC: Rita Ora – ‘Roc the Life’

Roc Nation’s latest potential golden goose, Rita Ora, does little to silence the Rihanna comparisons with the rock-infused “Roc the Life.”

“Kick a motherfucker to the cizzurb / you think you crazy, I’m bizarre” she sings on the drum-led cut, co-written and featuring vocals from The-Dream, which will appear on her Roc Nation debut ORA, due August 27 in the U.K.

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Rita Ora covers AMMO Magazine’s ‘Art + Music’ Issue

Roc Nation’s Rita Ora takes her cue from Andy Warhol on the cover of AMMO magazine’s second annual ‘art + music’ issue. The talented Brit, whose debut album is expected later this year, shares her love of Harlem, talks fashion, and dishes on Beyoncè, Madonna and Gwen Stefani being her inspiration.  Check out excerpts from the interview below.

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Video: Rita Ora Covers Destiny’s Child’s ‘Say My Name’

With Blue Ivy’s mother in the audience, Rita Ora put her spin on Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” during her set at the Cartier Juste un Clou after-party in New York City on Thursday.

The Roc Nation singer, whose debut album is due later this year, has received a significant amount of buzz as late, thanks to blogs and other media websites. Online praise aside, the fans, haters, and newfound stans have already dubbed her “Rihanna’s Replacement” — citing an alleged fallout between the “We Found Love” singer and her boss Jay-Z.  Hell, I compared her single, R.I.P.” featuring Tinie Tempah, to Rihanna’s work from the Rated R era.

“Rihanna’s Replacement” or not, the sky is the limit with what Rita Ora can accomplish. As we’ve seen in the past, Roc Nation KNOWS what it takes to turn an artist that the world doesn’t care about into an international superstar — lightning can strike twice.

Watch Rita’s cover of “Say My Name” below and share your thoughts.

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New Music: Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah – “R.I.P.”

She had the ‘net buzzing last week after the premiere of “Party & Bullshit,” her debut U.S. single, now Rita Ora introduces her solo style to fans across the pond.  The Roc Nation singer says “R.I.P.” to the girl she used to be on her debut U.K. single.  Written by Drake and produced by  Chase & Status,  “R.I.P.” is reminiscent of Rihanna during her Rated R era. To be quite honest, the song sounds like a Rihanna track with better vocals — it remains to be seen if that’s a good thing.  “R.I.P. to the girl you used to see, her days are over,” she sings over the dubstep-inspired beat.

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New Music: Rita Ora – “Party & Bullshit”

Ladies and Gents, meet Rita Ora. The 21-year-old singer was introduced in grand style by her mentor and label boss Jay-Z  at New York’s Z100 today.  The mogul made a surprise visit to the station to premiere Ora’s debut U.S. single, “Party & Bullshit,” the lead-off to her Roc Nation debut.  The pop track has all the makings of a summer anthem and should prove success for the London-bred singer.   Take a listen below.

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