To be honest, it’s probably getting just as confusing for Justin Bieber to keep track of all the legal troubles he currently has as it is for us. And so when TMZ leaked video clips of Bieber’s May 6th deposition in Miami, we kind of had to ask, “Deposition for what, exactly?” The neighbor-egging incident? The limo driver thing? The DUI drag racing drama? Oh, right — that trash where JB’s bodyguard beat down some paparazzi.
During the four-and-a-half hours Justin was deposed in Florida, he was asked by photographer Jeffrey Binion‘s lawyer, as you’ll see in the above, condensed video, about dating Selena Gomez (Bieber’s response: “Don’t ask me about her.”), whether he knows Usher (“Usher…that sounds familiar.”) and if he remembers ever being in Australia (“I don’t know if I’ve been to Australia. Have I been to Australia?”). More »
Rick Ross has premiered the video for Mastermind standout “War Ready,” his collab with former nemesis Jeezy and ominous production from Mike WiLL Made It. It’s a pretty straightforward visual, with Rozay and Jeezy mean-mugging into the camera spliced with scenes of masked goons looking like 300 villains pillaging a warehouse. (And Tracy T pretty much steals the show after not even being listed as a feature on the official tracklist.)
There’s lots of machine gun fire, but amidst all the spent rounds, of course Ross is rocking a plush fur coat, which is not at all a war ready look. Check it out up top. More »
Everything’s gone f***ing Kylie Minogue this week, as the Aussie songstress’ grand pop LP Kiss Me Once is now streaming in full ahead of its March 18 release. And while it might seem like forever ago that we first heard the album’s lead single, “Into The Blue,” the song was just made available in the UK yesterday. Tacked onto some versions of the release is the ethereal dance-pop confection “Sparks,” a co-write that comes courtesy of two song-makers who’ve worked with Kylie before: Karen Poole (“Red Blooded Woman,” “Wow”) and Matt Schwartz (“Timebomb”).
Whether or not you think “Sparks” should have been included on Kiss Me Once proper (I say YES!), at least the song made it onto the Japanese version of the album as a bonus cut. Give it a listen below. More »
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In foundation has launched a campaign to ban “bossy,” arguing that the word is a negative term that usually only gets lobbed at ambitious, striving young women. Beyonce, who earlier this year penned a feminist essay, has joined the campaign in a new PSA, along with Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch, Condoleezza Rice and some other hugely successful women. (How is Kelis not in this, though??)
“I’m not bossy,” Bey says in the video, “I’m the boss.” Can’t argue with the queen on that one. Check it out below. More »
New Frank Ocean, everybody! Sure, it’s a wild collaboration for a shoe company, but still, new Frank Ocean, everybody! As part of Converse’s Three Artists series, Ocean linked up with Diplo plus Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash for “Hero.” It would’ve been easy to guess that Diplo’s island-inspired production is a good match for The Clash’s dub/reggae tendencies (he did sample the band on M.I.A.‘s “Paper Planes,” after all), but the thought of putting Frank Ocean into the mix is particularly inspired, and it works.
The track starts as hazy bit of summery, retro pop, but then it explodes into a driving, choir-backed chorus, as we get to hear Ocean take a rare break from crooner mode. After that, the song alternates between breezy sway and anthemic crunch.
Stream it or grab a free download below. More »
The tracklist for Iggy Azalea‘s debut The New Classic (out April 15) has hit iTunes. It comprises 15 tracks, including early singles “Change Your Life,” “Work” and “Bounce,” as well as her latest, “Fancy.” But it looks like the label has real trust in the Aussie MC’s ability to carry an album herself, as it’s pretty spare when it comes to guest spots: in addition to T.I. and Charli XCX, the album features only Rita Ora, Watch The Duck (uh, sure!) and Mavado (who was just featured on Rick Ross‘ Mastermind).
Album track “Impossible Is Nothing” also hit the Web late last night (March 9), and it’s a thudding piece of inspirational rap, sort of in the style of Angel Haze or Recovery-era Eminem. Hear the new song and check out the tracklist below. More »