musical-notesJanuary has finally arrived, and that means the premiere of the three part miniseries, “The New Edition Story”, will air in a few weeks on January 24 on BET. A lengthy, new trailer was released on Sunday, and it looks juicy. Since the members of New Edition served as the movie’s producers and consultants, it looks like they’re telling all. Fans can tune on January 24 at 9/8c on BET for part 1 one of the miniseries. Parts two and three will air on January 25 and 26 respectively. It’s been difficult to get performers to render their services for the inauguration of president elect Donald Trump, so much so, that they’re asking artists from other countries, and the singers are still giving ultimatums. Former “X Factor UK” contestant Rebecca Ferguson is the latest artist to be invited to perform at Trump’s inauguration, but she has one request if she does: to sing the racially poignant classic “Strange Fruit”, the poem turned song made popular by Billie Holiday and Nina Somone about the lynchings of African Americans. Trump’s inaugural organizers have yet to respond. Thus far, only a handul of performers have been confirmed for the inauguration. 16-year-old former “American’s Got Talent” contestant Jackie Evancho, the Radio City Rockets, after several members refused to participate, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and strangely enough, HBCU band Talladega College’s Marching Tornadoes will participate in the parade along with several military and veteran groups. It appears that singer Mariah Carey may have purchased some stress reducing medicine before her infamous New Year’s Eve performance debacle. According to the Daily Mail, the 47-year-old singer and her crew were spotted visiting a maraijuana dispensary called The Original Leaf in Aspen, Colorado, just days before the show. Carey, who wore a lumberjack jacket over a green ball gown, was photographed smiling while walking in and out of the shop before Christmas. Recreational maraijuana is legal in Colorado. It’s unclear if Carey purchased anything, but her timing was optimal. As previously reported, Carey is at the center of an onstage meltdown during “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve”, which took place in in Times Square in New York City. The singer and her representatives claim “foul play” by Dick Clark Productions, and she is launching her own “full investigation” into the incident. Dick Clark Productions has called Carey’s claim “absurd.” Drake may be recruiting Young Thug as a guest performer on his forthcoming The Boy Meet World tour throughout Europe. The Atlanta rapper posted a photograph on Instagram with a cryptic message that read: “European tour ft.” Drake’s representatives have not publicly commented on the matter. In the meantime, the 35 date tour follows Drake’s Summer Sixteen outing and is scheduled to begin on Jan. 21 in Amsterdam and end on March 16 in Cologne, Germany. Young Thug is scheduled to perform at Marina Jeep Arena in Rochester, New York, on Friday Jan. 20, according to Live Nation. DJ Snake has released the visual for his latest single “The Half”, the fourth release from his debut album “Encore.” The video is standard hip hop video fair: lots of beautiful, scantily clad women shaking what their mamas gave them. The song itself is definitely radio ready as it contains star studded verses and a party ready hook.