July 31--Miley Cyrus is out, though Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Nas and Juicy J are still lending guest bits to the new Wiz Khalifa album, "Blacc Hollywood," arriving Aug. 19.
The album's lead-off single, "We Dem Boyz," has been on the charts for months, though Khalifa told an interviewer last week that his highly anticipated collaboration with Cyrus didn't get the proper legal clearance.
That shouldn't affect sales too much for the Pittsburgh rapper, who gets to profusely promote his new album Friday for a hometown crowd at his annual "Under the Influence" tour stop at First Niagara Pavilion.
The normally mellow Khalifa recently addressed his disappointment with rapper Tyga for dropping out of the tour to focus on solo projects. That was "wack" said the 26-year-old Khalifa.
The lineup for Friday still boasts Khalifa's hot new collaborator, Ty Dolla $ign, and the no-longer-young Jeezy, the Southern rapper who in September releases "Seen It All: The Autobiography," his first album since his gold-certified 2011 effort.
Also is on the bill are Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, Iamsu!, Mack Wilds and DJ Drama.
Showtime is 6 p.m. with tickets costing $44 for the lawn; $44.75 to $108 for the pavilion.
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Socially conscious rapper Talib Kweli and fellow national rap act Rapsody headline the first Cultured Steel Hip-Hop festival Friday at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater at 5941 Penn Ave. in East Liberty.
Emerging Pittsburgh rappers Kellee Maize, Palermo Stone and Jasiri X also will perform in the 7 p.m. concert, for which tickets are $15.
The festival launches 6 p.m. Thursday with the grand opening of the exhibit "40 Years of Hip-Hop Arts & Culture" and a screening of hip-hop producer 9th Wonder's film "Hip-Hop Fellows," both at Alloy Studios, on 5530 Penn Ave. Admission is $10.
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Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie took home "Best Vocalist" honors last week at the Alternative Press Music Awards in Cleveland. He was also a hit that night, singing Frank Sinatra classics "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Luck Be a Lady" joined by the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
See if he slips any Sinatra into his band's set Friday outdoors at Stage AE.
Panic! At the Disco also made headlines last week after anti-gay extremists at the Westboro Baptist Church staged a protest outside the band's Kansas City concert. Panic! pledged to donate $20 to a gay rights advocacy group for every protestor that showed up. Only 13 protestors did, so the band upped its donation to $1,000 for the Human Rights Commission.
Westboro supporters were on the warpath about Panic! At the Disco's "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies," which has only been out for eight years, and was pretty harmless to begin with, remembered mainly for its award-winning, circus-meets-wedding music video.
Walk The Moon of "Anna Sun" fame, and Magic Man will open the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $35.
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Smokey Robinson graces the outdoor stage at the Meadows Casino on Saturday.
The Grammy Living Legend, famed for hits like "I Second That Emotion," "Tears of a Clown" and "Cruisin'," will perform at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $47, $57 and $68.
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