Last week, after months of speculation that he would be getting back in the music business, Will Smith surprise-dropped his first single in more than a decade. It’s not great, but it at least got people talking about what the megastar actor/rapper would be doing next. Today we have an answer. In an interview with Beats 1 radio host Zane Lowe, the Philly-born star opened up about his music plans and even hinted that he may go on tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
During the interview, which you can see above, Smith says he’s been dropping tracks in the studio every day. So far he’s got 30 new songs recorded—“six or seven that I really, really like, that I’m trying to get the ideas to come out right,” he says. “I have so many things that I want to say and I’m struggling with saying them in a way that fit the flavor of music that I tend to like.”
Then the big news: “I’m pretty certain I’m going on tour. … Jeff and I actually never have done a full tour. I was always on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I was always either making a movie, so we’ve never actually done a full tour. So I’m looking this summer to be the first time that we go out on a full world tour.”
You know they’re gonna kick off that sucker in Philadelphia. Or at least they better. Check out the full interview above.
In the spirit of fall festival season, the annual Old City Fest returns this weekend with pumpkins, hay bales and fodder shocks lining the streets of our most historic hood. Organizers say they expect around 15,000 to show up—quite likely the largest gathering of people in one place since all the pope stuff on the Parkway.
From noon to 6 pm on Sunday, October 11th, 3rd Street (between Market and Race) and Arch Street (from 2nd to 4th) will be closed to make room for a festival stage, activities and an exhaustive lineup of food, drink and knickknack booths.
Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz (aka the Flaming Lips) have tacked on Philly to a limited-run club tour of six U.S. cities. She’s coming to the Electric Factory on December 5th.
The singer is back in the public eye again after hosting stints on the MTV Music Awards and this weekend’s debut of the 41st season of Saturday Night Live. In the middle of all that she released a new album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, a stripped-down, no-twerking-in-sight collaboration with Flaming Lips that she dropped for free via her Smiley Miley record label in August. She performed two songs from the album on SNL this weekend, including this particularly soul-baring number:
Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, legendary singer-songwriter Art Garfunkel joined Philly’s Questlove and Black Thought (aka the Roots as Black Simon and Garfunkel) for a rendition of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” As Pitchfork points out, the breathy performance is worthy of classic Simon and Garfunkel, and they even throw in a little of 1970 S&G hit “The Boxer” at the end. Check it out above.
The Forbes Under 30 concert on Penn’s Landing, which will cap off the Forbes Under 30 Summit happening in Philly from October 4th to 7th, hasn’t had the best of luck wrangling and, most importantly, keeping its talent. At first it was announced that Swedish DJ Avicii would perform with Hanson and electronic violinist LindseyStirling, but Avicii had to back out, claiming he needed some time off.
He was replaced by not one, but two (arguably even more exciting) performers: New Jersey hip-hop rising star FettyWap and pop sensation ShawnMendes. Now, following a motorcycle accident last week in New Jersey that left him with a broken leg and a really sad Instagram update, it appears Fetty will be stepping down to be replaced by another hip-hop contemporary, A.S.A.P. Rocky.
Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC)’s annual, much-loved GLOW in the Park festival has been scheduled for Thursday October 22nd. The evening event—now in its fourth year—sees the lighting-up of the historic Smith Memorial Arch, which was built on the grounds of the 1876 Centennial Exposition.
Besides the glow that gives the event its name, the evening is one big ol’ party. Entertainment scheduled for the night includes an aerialist, glow-in-the-dark hula hooping and live music. Food and drink will be made available thanks to a lineup of food trucks, and local distiller WhistlePig will be there with a promised whiskey-based cocktail and all the fixin’s you’ll need to make s’mores.
In the nearly three-minute report, he stops to jam on the street with a guy trying to sell “Catholic electronic music,” and does some random man-on-the-street interviews with innocent folks who were just there to have a peaceful experience with his Holiness.
When “big daddy finally hit the stage” for the mass, Minhaj wasn’t actually on the Parkway to take in the scene. Looks like he was camped out in front of Broad Street Ministry, watching the ceremony on a Jumbotron. At one point, after he jumped up in excitement, someone from the crowd yelled at him to “sit down, sit down!” Check out the clip below.
Billy Eichner (aka the guy who screams at people on the street then sticks a mic in their face) recently approached Upper Darby’s Tina Fey in New York to challenge her on the spot to name 20 Latino performers in 60 seconds. The reason? To see if the golden child can actually fail at something.
She gives it a good go, but struggles to get close to 20. She kind of remembers “the woman from Jane the Virgin,” and folks like J.Lo and Marc Anthony, and Freddie Prinze and Freddie Prinze Jr. Surprisingly, she forgets big-namers like Penelope Cruz and Selma Hayek, but hey, being put on the spot is tough for—even if you are Tina Fey. Check out the clip from Billy on the Street above.
It’ll be no easy task, but Comedy Central’s The Daily Show returns this week for the first time since longtime host JonStewart bid a tearful adieu in early August.
All eyes will be on the new host, 31-year-old South African comedian and former Daily Show contributor TrevorNoah, who has generated some unfortunate buzz since it was announced he’d be taking over, namely for a string of distasteful jokes on Twitter about Jewish people and overweight women. He has since apologized for the jokes, saying that the quips don’t represent him as a person, and that he’s evolved as a comedian.