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Blink-182 Reveal Release Date For Upcoming EP

Merry Blinkmas! According to bassist Mark Hoppus, Blink-182’s first release as an independent band, following their departure from Universal Music Group, will drop on December 18. The still-untitled EP will be the first new music from the band since their 2011 full-length effort Neighborhoods, the album that brought the band back out of their extended indefinite hiatus. In addition to new music, fans will have the ability to receive “a special screened, museum-quality poster, limited-edition T-shirts and sweatshirts, wrapping paper, holiday cards” and more through a pre-order at the band’s website. The band supposedly has been enjoying an unprecedented amount of creative freedom with the absence of a major label contract. Blink’s decision to release an EP of new music, instead of a full-length, is reminiscent of Hawthorne Heights’ recent string of EPs, which the band has independently released through their own record label. Check out our interview with Hawthorne Heights to hear their thoughts on the promising future of short format releases.

Can’t wait for the new Blink EP? Check out OurStage’s own Aimless Again!

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Lil Wayne Speaks Out On 2 Chainz Verses, NYC

In contrast to the weird wordplay that has become the trademark of his verses, Lil Wayne has gotten used to talking fairly straight recently. When asked about his appearance on the opening track of 2 Chainz’ latest album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, Wayne admitted to MTV News, “I’m very upset at that, just so everybody knows, he put me on that. I sound wack as hell on there.” Wayne claimed that he was just fooling around in the studio without the knowledge that 2 Chainz would actually use the lines he recorded. Sorry, Lil Tunechi. Apparently whatever you say on the mic is fair game when 2 Chainz is on the boards.

During that same interview, when asked about his recent performance in New York, Wayne responded, “Flat out, I don’t like New York.” This seemingly innocuous comment immediately incited passionate responses from lovers of the Big Apple. New York emcee Donny Goines quickly took to the mic to record a scathing diss track aimed at Wayne entitled, appropriately, “Fuck Lil Wayne (Flat Out I Don’t Like You).” Even state Senator Malcolm Smith weighed in, holding a press conference in Times Square to publicly voice his disapproval of Wayne’s comments and demand an official apology. Mr. Smith offered the following response to Wayne: “If you don’t like New York, you don’t have to come to New York. You don’t have to sell your products here, and perhaps we won’t come to your concerts. I love this city.” He also asserted, oddly, “He should also know, anecdotally or not, that he has also insulted the memory of Frank Sinatra.” We doubt Ol’ Blues Eyes would take offense. Though it’s possible the crumb might have ended up with a smack in the mouth, Charley. Sadly we’ll never know. Check out the senator’s press conference below.

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Jitta On The Track Opens For Drake On Club Paradise Tour

Hip-hop artist Jitta On The Track has proven just how powerful an OurStage opportunity can be. Back in May, Jitta was selected as the winner of the “Rise” Competition, and immediately hit the road. Traveling in style on his OurStage.com customized tour bus, he joined DrakeJ. ColeWaka Flocka Flame, and more of hip-hop’s finest on the Club Paradise Tour. Jitta opened 22 shows of the tour, hung out with his favorite artists and performed to thousands of new fans for an entire month.

This opportunity launched him from Connecticut’s most promising up-and-comer to an artist recognized by the likes of MTV News and AllHipHop.com. In fact, while on the road, Jitta was able to sign a deal with industry heavyweights DAS Communications, the management team responsible for breaking artists like Ke$ha and The Black Eyed Peas. We look forward to seeing this ambitious young artist continue to do big things in the years to come!

Check out this recap of Jitta’s incredible experience on the Club Paradise Tour:

Jitta On The Track Completes Club Paradise Tour

It’s crazy how fast time flies. It seems like just yesterday we were Skyping with Jitta On The Track to tell him that he had won the “Rise” Competition. Since then, he’s been performing to rap fans across the country, chillin’ with Waka Flocka and French Montana, chatting it up with MTV News, and, most importantly, getting noticed by big industry players. We can’t wait to see what this talented young rapper will do next.

Enjoy some photos from the last days of the Club Paradise Tour and be sure to follow Jitta On The Track on Facebook and Twitter. He’s got a big future ahead of him!

Jitta On The Track & Drake

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Tour Update Day 8: Jitta on MTV News

Since winning the “Rise” Competition, our man Jitta On The Track has been heating up the stage of Drake’s Club Paradise Tour…and the hip-hop world is taking notice. MTV News recently sat down with Drake to talk about his tourmates, including Waka Flocka Flame, French Montana and 2 Chainz. Check out this video interview with the Club Paradise artists, including Jitta himself!

Stay tuned for more updates from the Club Paradise Tour and watch Jitta’s rise to fame by following the OurStageLive account on Instagram.