Chuck D Named U.S. Global Music Ambassador Alongside Herbie Hancock & More

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and YouTube Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen announced the inaugural roster of U.S. Global Music Ambassadors on June 24 as part of a U.S. Department of State-YouTube Global Music Diplomacy Partnership.

The roster includes Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, Jelly Roll, Kane Brown, Grace Bowers, BRELAND, Denyce Graves, Herbie Hancock, Armani White, Teddy Swims and Lainey Wilson. 

Each Global Music Ambassador will use their music to bring people together and promote peace worldwide.  The Department and YouTube will announce additional U.S. Global Music Ambassadors in the months ahead.

Each artist was chosen because they "exude excellence in their fields and have demonstrated a commitment to public service and giving back."  Beginni

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LL COOL J Returns With "Saturday Night Special" Ahead Of Comeback Album

LL COOL J is back with a new single and video called "Saturday Night Special" featuring Fat Joe and Rick Ross out now via Def Jam Recordings, his original label, and Virgin Music Group.

Produced by A Tribe Called Quest's de facto leader Q-Tip, the track serves as the lead single from the Radio legend's forthcoming album, THE FORCE, which is expected to arrive this fall. 

Q-Tip also executive produced the album, a perfect marriage of two legends coming together to continue breathing life into Hip-Hop culture. 

Ahead of its release, LL COOL J teamed up with Coors Light for five exclusive listening experiences throughout the summer, providing guests a chance to preview the new project. Cities include Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and New Yo

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Eminem's "Houdini" Crosses 50M Spotify Streams As Dr. Dre-Assisted Video Explodes

Eminem has a monster single on his hands in the form of "Houdini." The track, which serves as the lead single from his forthcoming album, The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce), arrived May 31 with a video starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, The Alchemist, Jimmy Iovine, Pete Davidson, longtime manager Paul Rosenberg and more. 

At Spotify, the song has already been streamed more than 51 million times, while the YouTube views are inching toward 49 million. The comic book-themed visual, directed by Rich Lee, takes a comedic approach to Eminem's career and finds him in true Shady form—irreverent as ever. 

It begins with the old Eminem—also known by his alter-ego Slim Shady—getting a call from Rosenberg. The scene suddenly cuts to 2024 and Eminem waking up to a cal

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