News RoundUp • Chance Launches Rapper Radio, Towkio Joins Flosstradamus National Tour, Vic Mensa to Support Justin Bieber European Tour
Chance Disrupts Commercial Radio with Rapper Radio
Chance The Rapper continues to disrupt old school music industry standards. In an effort to bring independent music to the airwaves, including his own, Chance has launched RapperRadio.com. The website allows fans to tweet to radio stations in their city, crowdsourcing demand of what may make it on to terrestrial radio airplay. The site currently features Tweet campaigns for Coloring Book's first single "No Problem" and the project's fan-elected single "Summer Friends" featuring Jeremih and Francis & The Lights. Chance performed the single earlier this week alongside Peter Cottontale and Francis Lights on Good Morning America. The website also includes clean 'Radio Edits' of the two singles for download.
Chance made the announcement after a series of tweets highlighting the camaraderie radio can bring. Chance tweeted "The radio is like a huge listening party for people of all demographics to get in tune. In those moments it's mad ppl in harmony." He went on to add the program would spread across several weeks, tweeting "requires your twitter and will take place over the next few weeks. It has phases so I'll keep tweaking it but let's take over!"
#optioncee requires your twitter and will take place over the next few weeks. It has phases so I'll keep tweaking it but let's take over!— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 16, 2016
The radio is like a huge listening party for people of all demographics to get in tune. In those moments it's mad ppl in harmony #optioncee— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 16, 2016
I want you to share my music in whatever city you're in with as many people as possible. #optioncee— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 16, 2016
Also this week - President Barack Obama released his 2nd Annual Summer Spotify Playlist via the White House. Of the 39 songs, Obama showed he's been a longtime supporter and fan of Chance The Rapper - featuring 'Acid Rain' off Chance's breakout mixtape Acid Rap. Check out the rest of President Obama's Summer Playlists at WhiteHouse.gov.
A final note - Chance has confirmed on Twitter that frequent collaborator Francis & The Lights will join him on his 'Magnificent Coloring World Tour'. This past weekend Chance made a brief appearance with Francis & The Lights during his set at Eau Claire Festival - hosted by musician Bon Iver.
Towkio Joins Flosstradamus for North American Tour
DJ duo Flosstradamus have recruited fellow Chicagoan Towkio for their massive 20+ date national tour also featuring DJs Slushii, Gents & Jawns and Whethan. The hometown date of the 'HI-Def Youth' Tour will be at the Aragon Ballroom on Friday, November 18th. Towkio will be touring in support of his latest effort Community Service 2, a compelling 7-track EP released back in July. Towkio has also recently released the music video for track "Playing Fair" featuring Joey Purp and has just come off a massive performance at Lollapalooza 2016. Towkio was featured as These Day's July Cover story. Flossatradmus most recent release is a single collaboration with rapper Key!, Post Malone and producers FKi 1st and graves titled "Came Up."
See the full list of dates at Flosstradamus.com/hdytour. A tour preview can be found in the explosive visuals below.
Vic Mensa Supports Justin Bieber on Select European Tour Dates
Vic Mensa will head out on a European tour this September with 7-dates supporting Justin Bieber. Dates include back-to-back nights in Iceland and Paris with three stops in Germany and one night in Amsterdam. Back in June, Mensa signed a deal with Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun. It appears that business decision is already paying off.
Vic Mensa will be touring in support of his critically acclaimed project There's Alot Going On.