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Jay Z, Live Nation Enter Into New Long Term Deal, Continue Roc Nation Partnership

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In 2008, Jay Z and Live Nation entered into a $150 million, 10-year 360 deal to cover his next three albums, publishing and other assets and the formation of Roc Nation as a joint venture between Jay and Live Nation. With the terms of that deal now nearing completion, a spokesperson for Live Nation today tells Billboard that the promoter has a new deal with Jay in place, and will remain equity partners with Roc Nation. HustleTV

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“Live Nation has a new long term deal with Jay Z and we expect to continue being equity partners in Roc Nation for many years to come in a statement.

While terms of the new deal were not disclosed, the new agreement does not appear to be an extension of the current 360 arrangement, and instead mostly covers his touring business. HustleTV

Jay Z and Live Nation will continue to operate Roc Nation’s management and recorded music business as a joint venture. Live Nation has let many of its 360 recorded-music deals sunset and has largely gotten out of the recorded music business, although through its various joint ventures it does retain some label holdings

Earlier today, Page Six reported on speculation that Jay Z would be shopping Live Nation’s stake in Roc Nation to Universal Music Group, Roc’s distributor and the longtime home of Def Jam — which Jay Z ran as president and CEO of the label from 2004 through the end of 2007 — and his original imprint Roc-A-Fella Records. But another source told Billboard that any speculation that UMG would buy in to Roc Nation was unfounded.

The paper also reported that the end of the original deal would trigger a buy-sell clause, where either Jay or Live Nation would be able to sell their stake in the company or buy the other out; that is also not the case, sources say, and Live Nation’s confirmation of a long-term deal seemingly puts that speculation to bed. HustleTV

 

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Why Jay Z Deserves to Be the First Rapper In the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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HustleTV Music News  True hip-hop heads may spot the irony in Jay Z receiving a songwriter’s accolade, considering some of his most seminal work was never written down prior to recording.

Like some of his contemporaries, the rap legend was known for stepping inside the studio booth and firing off whatever was on his mind. The difference between Jay Z and the rest, however, was what became of the product. Here is an artist who thus far has kept us hot for 20 summers through new releases and revisited classics. His music — which early on straddled the line between drug rap and opulence — has evolved and made its way into the mainstream frame of reference. He released an entire book dissecting the intricate parts of his lyrics. There is no other hip-hop artist more qualified to take this historical leap as the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

It’s sometimes easy to forget Shawn Carter’s artistry. Over the last four years, much of his brand has centered on his personal life and his business. When you see photos of Jay Z, he’s either with his family or in a business suit — his recent announcement of launching his own venture capital firm is a testament to the latter. When it’s music-related, it’s often with a pageant wave, ushering in the next-gen member of the Roc or a new Tidal alliance. The most recent pic of Jay near a microphone was in a makeshift studio with DJ Khaled, presumably for the recording of “Shining,” and even there he’s in a partial suit. HustleTV

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Adele Wins Album of the Year, Gives All Credit to Beyoncé

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HustleTV Grammy News:   By the time superstar vocalist Adele took the stage at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards to accept the most coveted award of the night, Album of the Year (for her third album, 25), the singer had already accepted four other awards honoring her work. Still, despite being so richly lauded, she had definite ideas about the person to whom she would dedicate her final thank-you.

After making a few notes about her difficulties adjusting to motherhood (“I struggled, and I still do struggle, being a mom. It’s really hard”), Adele took an unexpected turn — offering her victory to the woman she felt should have received it, namely fellow pop diva Beyoncé.

“I can’t possibly accept this award,” Adele brokenly said, her voice choked with tears. “I’m very humbled and very grateful and gracious, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé … the Lemonade album was so monumental, and so well thought-out, and so beautiful and soul-baring.

“We all got to see another side of you that you don’t always let us see, and we appreciate that,” Adele continued. “And all us artists [expletive] adore you. You are our light. And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have. And I always will.”

Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay Z, looked on from the audience and applauded, clearly moved. Beyoncé was actually in tears, clasping her hand to her heart and mouthing the words “Thank you.” HustleTV

Adele was the big winner of the night, taking five awards, including Album, Song, and Record of the Year. Beyoncé, who was the most-nominated artist of the night, took home two. The 2017 Grammy Awards were aired live from Los Angeles on Feb. 12. The full list of winners is below. HustleTV

Record of the Year

“Hello” — Adele

Album of the Year

25 — Adele (read our review)

Song of the Year

“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

New Artist

Chance the Rapper (read our review of “Coloring Book”)

Pop Solo Performance

“Hello” — Adele

Pop Duo/Group Performance:

“Stressed Out” — twenty one pilots

Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” — Willie Nelson

Pop Vocal Album

“25” — Adele

Dance Recording

“Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya

Dance/Electronic Album

Skin — Flume

Contemporary Instrumental Album

“Culcha Vulcha” — Snarky Puppy

Rock Performance

“Blackstar” — David Bowie

Metal Performance

“Dystopia” — Megadeth

Rock Song

“Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)

Rock Album

Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage the Elephant

Alternative Music Album

Blackstar — David Bowie

R&B Performance

“Cranes in the Sky” — Solange

Traditional R&B Performance

“Angel” — Lalah Hathaway

R&B Song

“Lake By the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) (read our interview)

Urban Contemporary Album

Lemonade — Beyoncé

R&B Album

Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway

Rap Performance

“No Problem” — Chance the Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Rap/Sung Performance

“Hotline Bling” — Drake

Rap Song

“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

Rap Album

Coloring Book — Chance the Rapper

Country Solo Performance

“My Church” — Maren Morris

Country Duo/Group Performance

“Jolene” — Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton

Country Song

“Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

Country Album

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth — Sturgill Simpson (read our interview)

New Age Album

White Sun II — White Sun

Improvised Jazz Solo

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” — John Scofield, soloist

Jazz Vocal Album

Take Me to the Alley — Gregory Porter

Jazz Instrumental Album

Country for Old Men — John Scofield

Large Jazz Ensemble Album

“Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom” — Ted Nash Big Band

Latin Jazz Album

“Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac” — Chucho Valdés

Gospel Performance/Song

“God Provides” — Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

“Thy Will” — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters

Gospel Album

Losing My Religion — Kirk Franklin (read our interview)

Contemporary Christian Music Album

Love Remains — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family

Roots Gospel Album

Hymns — Joey + Rory

Latin Pop Album

Un Besito Mas — Jesse & Joy

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

iLevitable — iLe

Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo) — Vicente Fernández

Tropical Latin Album

Donde Están? — Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

American Roots Performance

“House of Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz

American Roots Song

“Kid Sister” — Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)

Americana Album

This Is Where I Live — William Bell

Bluegrass Album

“Coming Home” — O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Traditional Blues Album

“Porcupine Meat” — Bobby Rush

Contemporary Blues Album

The Last Days of Oakland — Fantastic Negrito

Folk Album

Undercurrent — Sarah Jarosz

Regional Roots Music Album

E Walea — Kalani Pe’a

Reggae Album

Ziggy Marley — Ziggy Marley

World Music Album

Sing Me Home — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

Children’s Album

Infinity Plus One — Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Spoken Word Album

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox— Carol Burnett

Comedy Album

Talking for Clapping — Patton Oswalt

Musical Theater Album

The Color Purple

Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Miles Ahead (Miles Davis & Various Artists)

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Star Wars: The Force Awakens — John Williams, composer

Song Written for Visual Media

“Can’t Stop The Feeling!” — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: “Trolls”

Instrumental Composition

“Spoken at Midnight” — Ted Nash, composer

Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

“You And I” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

“Flintstones” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Recording Package

“Blackstar” — Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Edith Piaf 1915-2015 — Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)

Album Notes

Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along — Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)

Historical Album

The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Collector’s Edition), Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)

Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Blackstar — David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony Visconti, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (David Bowie)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Greg Kurstin

Remixed Recording

“Tearing Me Up” (RAC Remix) — André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)

Surround Sound Album

“Dutilleux: Sur Le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement” — Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

Engineered Album, Classical

Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles — Mark Donahue & Fred Vogler, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical

David Frost

Orchestral Performance

“Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9” — Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Opera Recording

“Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles” — James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus)

Choral Performance

“Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1” — Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

“Steve Reich” — Third Coast Percussion

Classical Instrumental Solo

“Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway” — Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)

Classical Solo Vocal Album

TIE: Schumann & Berg — Dorothea Röschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist / Shakespeare Songs — Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)

Classical Compendium

Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Contemporary Classical Composition

Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway — Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

Music Video

“Formation” — Beyoncé

Music Film

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week the Touring Years — Ron Howard, video director; Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Scott Pascucci & Nigel Sinclair, video producers

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Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, and Tina Knowles dressed like Salt ‘N’ Pepa for Halloween

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Beyoncé knows how to become No. 1 in a hot party show — and at a costume party.

Yet again, the superstar proved that her Halloween game is strong as she recruited her mini me, Blue Ivy, and mom, Tina Knowles Larson, to become a successful female musical trio: Salt-N-Pepa. The ladies recreated the hip-hop group from the “Push It” era – and it’s good. Real good. HustleTV

Queen Bey put together a little “slideshow” video of Halloween photos, and we’re loving every second of it!

It’s also so cute to see Beyoncé and Blue Ivy match!

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The two were also captured on the dance floor, bustin’ a move together.

Just by rewatching this classic video, you’ll see where Beyoncé got most of her inspiration.

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Jay Z & Beyonce Planning Tidal Charity Concert

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HustleTV Entertainment News UPDATE: Tidal has officially announced the event. TIDAL X: 1015 — featuring performances by Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Nicki MinajLauryn Hill, Common, Robin Thickeand more — will take place Oct. 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Jay Z and Beyonce will host a Tidal charity concert with New York poverty-fighting organization The Robin Hood Foundation on Oct. 15. HustleTV

Tickets will reportedly range from $50 to $100,000 for VIP packages to raise money for “Robin Hood, education for children in NYC and for charities nominated by the artists.” The event will also be live-streamed on Tidal. HustleTV

The charity concert would follow October’s Tidal X show at Barclays Center. The star-studded lineup for that show included sets from Jay Z, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill and Rick Ross, among others.

Billboard has also reached out to reps for Jay Z, Beyonce, and The Robin Hood Foundation for additional comment.  HustleTV

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DJ Khaled Drops ‘Do You Mind’ Ft. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Future, More

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HustleTV Music News…. DJ Khaled’s ninth studio album Major Key will be available at midnight July 29. (See track list below). To get fans excited for the star-studded album, Khaled shared a new single, “Do You Mind” today (July 28). DJ Hustle

The sultry bedroom song samples Michael Sterling’s “Lovers and Friends,” which comes across in a romantic piano that crosses with a strong beat. Because Khaled isn’t satisfied with just one or two features on his singles aka “keys,” he tapped six names to join him on “Do You Mind.” Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Future, Jermih, Rick Ross and August Alsina all appear on the track (via SPIN).

Minaj starts things off. “Yo, he ain’t messin’ with no average trick, pop pop/ He got Nicki, he know dat he hit the jackpot,” she raps in the opening seconds of her verse. Brown and Jeremih combine their vocal strengths on the chorus. “Let me be the one/ Do you mind? Do you mind?/ Do you mind if I talk to you?/ Do you mind if I touch you there?” they sing together. Future comes in after the 3-minute mark with a passionate verse. HustleTV

 

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Major Key Tracklist:

  1. I Got the Keys (feat. Jay Z and Future)
  2. For Free (feat. Drake)
  3. Nas Album Done (feat. Nas)
  4. Holy Key (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, and Betty Wright)
  5. Jermaine’s Interlude (feat. J. Cole)
  6. Ima Be Alright (feat. Bryson Tiller and Future)
  7. Do You Mind (feat. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future, and Rick Ross)
  8. Pick These Hoes Apart (feat. Kodak Black, Jeezy, and French Montana)
  9. F— Up the Club (feat. Future, Rick Ross, YG, and Yo Gotti)
  10. Work for It (feat. Big Sean, Gucci Mane, and 2 Chainz)
  11. Don’t Ever Play Yourself (feat. Jadakiss, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, and Kent Jones)
  12. Tourist (feat. Travis Scott and Lil Wayne)
  13. Forgive Me Father (feat. Meghan Trainor, Wiz Khalifa, and Wale) HustleTV Music News….
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DJ KHALED SAYS HE GOT A CONDO IN NYC IN ORDER TO SECURE A VERSE FROM JAY Z

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HustleTV Music News….   Apparently the key to getting a rare Jay Z verse in 2016 involves acquiring property in Hov’s home city.

If you’ve been paying attention to DJ Khaled’s Snapchat story over the last year or so, you may have noticed he spends a lot of time in New York City. Now we know part of the reason why. Sitting down with Music Choice, Khaled revealed that he was so hungry for a verse from Jay Z for his forthcoming Major Key.  album that he had to get a whole new set of keys. DJ Hustle

“It took me years to get Jay Z to do a record for me,” he says. “I basically got a condo in NYC for a whole year to stay close by him and let him know how hungry I was for that verse. So I went in studio every day. He was recording his album and I appreciate him letting me be around and capture that greatness, but at and at the same time I was hustling too, you know what I am saying. I wanna get that verse in.”

As we know, the verse eventually came in the form of a guest spot on Khaled’s “I Got The Keys” single with Future, but the process took a whole year.

“It was a year process that I had to go back and forth to Miami to NY and I had condo in NY and so I stayed in NY so I had to let him know I’m not going nowhere,” Khaled explains. “Basically, we made history. I am never stopping.”

 

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Rapsody Signs With Jay Z’s Roc Nation

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HustleTV Music  News… Jay Z has expanded his Roc Nation roster as he’s signed Rapsody . The North Carolina rapper announced her alignment with Hov during her set at the 2016 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, which is conveniently being streamed by Jay Z Tidal service.

“I’m Jamla/Roc Nation,” Rapsody said during the livestream . It’s unclear at this time in which capacity she has signed to Roc Nation. There’s the label division for artists directly signed to Roc Nation, which includes J. Cole, Jay Electronica, and Rihanna. There’s also a management division. Some of the artists on that tier are Fabolous, Big Sean, and Meek Mill. DJ Hustle

 

 

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Jay Z Releases Song About Police Brutality: ‘I’m Saddened and Disappointed in THIS America’

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HustleTV HipHop News… About a year ago, Jay Z started working on a song about police brutality but never finished it.

In the week of recent events, he decided to release it.

The track is available on Tidal to subscribers and non-subscribers.

“[My colleague] told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died, sadly I told him, ‘This issue will always be relevant.’ I’m hurt that I knew his death wouldn’t be the last,” he wrote in a statement accompanying the song, as seen on Billboard’s website. “I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America. We should be further along. WE ARE NOT. I trust God and know everything that happens is for our greatest good, but man … it’s tough right now.”

 

The song, called “Spiritual,” features a sound collage of snippets of different voices, some electronically altered, and Jay Z rapping, “No, I’m not poison/No I’m not poison/Just a boy from the hood that/Got my hands in the air in despair/Don’t shoot, I just wanna do good.”

In another verse, the rapper makes reference to Blue Ivy, his daughter with wife Beyoncé, rapping, “I’m smack dab in a hurricane of emotions/Can’t even raise my little daughter/My little Carter/We call her blue ’cause it’s sad that/How can I be a dad that/I never had that/Shattered in a million pieces/Where the glass at?/I need a drink or something/I need an angelic voice to sing somethin’.”

The rapper also sent “blessings to all the families that have lost loved ones to police brutality,” and concluded his statement with a quote from 19th century writer and activist Frederick Douglass: “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. ” DJ Hustle

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Scarface and Swizz Beatz Tackle Police Violence in ‘Sad News

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HustleTV Music News .. The music world has reacted swiftly and decisively in the wake of the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile with an outpouring of concern, and more pointedly, new tracks about rage, injustice and fear. In addition to songs from Jay Z and his sister-in-law, Solange KnowlesGeto Boys member Scarface hooked up with Swizz Beatz for the protest song “Sad News.”

,The Swizz/Scarface collabo opens with the lines, “A little boy got shot down today/ I hope his family is okay/ Is it our race that pay/ I hope the whole world be okay,” sending loving vibes to the family of the unnamed boy (who could be Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old black child killed by police in 2014). While the gentle chorus pleads for peace and comfort, Scarface’s verse has a more pointed message, “For all the homies shot down by white boys and not one convicted/ Of wrongdoing, is it justice we pursuing/ Freedom from death, beat ’em to death, f— ’em/ I will awake the sleeping giants, with one last word.”

 

Earlier in his verse, Scarface gets more explicit, wondering, “Shot down for the dope and the dollar sign/ I often site and wonder, ‘Could this world be mine?’/ Nah, I’d be lying/ If I said I ain’t heard ’em when they told me I was just a n—a/ Nothing but a burden to society,” later calling for a ban on all the “bad judges” who aren’t giving justice. In an Instagram post announcing the song, Swizz wrote “This must stop!!!! @brothermob and I have something to say today on our new song #SadNews.”

Also on Thursday, Jay Z released a protest song about putting his hands up and fearing for his life on the streets, “spiritual,” and his sister-in-law, Solange, posted a short clip of her cover of Syreeta‘s 1972 anthem “Black Maybe” on Thursday, explaining that the song has been comfort for her weary heart, adding, “but what is comfort when the images of slain black bodies left to bleed are sketched into your being… over and over again.” At her show in Thursday in Glasgow, Beyonce asked the audience to take a moment of silence for the victims of police brutality. DJ Hustle