Nicki Minaj is obviously a dope rapper, but can she go head to head with some NBA greats? Yesterday (December 18), she stopped by TNT’s Inside the NBA as part of her promotional tour for her latest album — The Pinkprint. The show’s hosts Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Grant Hill showed off their hilarious rap skills in a cypher with the diva. The end result is pretty entertaining!
The rapper’s third LP The Pinkprint includes tracks like the Meek Mill-assisted “Big Daddy,” her “Feelin’ Myself” collaboration with Beyonce, “The Crying Game” featuring Jessie Ware, All Things Go,” “Only” and more. Watch the cypher after the jump! More »
Ay, mami! The ever-flawless Jennifer Lopez has been on the cover of Latina Magazine 9 times since 2006, including their first-ever issue — and now she’s reigning supreme on the cover yet again.
The A.K.A. goddess, who also graces the cover of Self next month, was photographed alongside her The Boy Next Door co-star Ryan Guzman for the February 2015 Sex & Love issue of Latina, in which the two discuss their upcoming film…including a particularly steamy sex scene together. “We had to choreograph every piece. I know it looks like we’re in the moment and feeling each other out, but actually — and this is kind of embarrassing— [director] Rob Cohen was like, ‘Move your hand to the left,’ and ‘Can you arch your back a little bit?’ It was the most unsexy-really-sexy scene that you’ll see on screen,” Guzman revealed to the magazine.
Clearly, that sexy chemistry comes through in front of the camera, as demonstrated in this hot spread for the magazine. “Me & the boy next door #RyanGuzman inside @latina magazine. #TheBoyNextDoor #January23 #JLoRyan read the full article here: http://jlo.lk/jloryan,” the diva wrote on her Instagram.
Check out the cover, as well as two additional photos from inside the shoot, after the jump. More »
Will these two rapstresses ever get along?! Aside from music and their oddly similar stage names, the only other thing Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks have in common is their distaste for each other — well, more so on Banks’ end! Yesterday, she stopped by NYC’s Hot 97 radio station to speak with DJ Ebro about appropriation of black culture, and Azalea’s name popped up. I-G-G-Y caught wind of the interview and jumped on Twitter (are you surprised?) to write a short story’s worth of tweets regarding the situation.
There is no doubt that’s she is fed up, stating “Being petty and spiteful is such a waste of energy, it’s a recipe for failure and I wouldn’t wish that attitude on anyone..” Banks fired back with her own Twitter response: “Dear LordT, I Pray for this Clueless White Girl. None of this will make sense to her until she herself has children with a black man and has to deal with having black children in America.” This feud between the two has been brewing for years (even prior to Azalea signing with T.I.), so time will only tell if it will ever actually end.
View the Twitter madness after the jump! More »
Dreaming of palm trees tonight? You’re not alone.
Singer-songwriter-pop star extraordinaire Bonnie McKee is getting us in the sunny, sparkly Christmas spirit with her new holiday song “California Winter,” which was just added to her Soundcloud this week.
The talented “American Girl” pop penner, who looks like a gorgeous Christmas pin-up dream on the song’s cover artwork, provides cheerful horns and wintry jingling bells on her cheery new tune — oh, and those massive pop hooks she’s known for crafting for fellow pop superstars like Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Kesha. “When I’m in your arms, it’s like a California winter/Yeah, your love can keep me warm,” she belts across the chorus of the lovey-dovey wintry ode. Who needs all that snow, anyway? Someone book us a flight to LA immediately!
Listen to Bonnie’s festive offering for the season, and let us know what you think of the cheerful holiday tune in the comments below. More »
Huzzah! The return of Leona Lewis is nearly upon us.
It’s been a minute or two since we last heard from the incredibly talented X Factor UK alum. In fact, the last time we did hear from the “Bleeding Love” songbird, she was penning an emotional letter to fans regarding her departure from her record label, Syco, back in September. (Don’t worry: She inked a new deal with Island Records back in June.) And luckily, things seem to be back on track in a big way.
In a new teaser video posted on her social channels earlier today, Leona is seen belting out and playing a piano next to a drummer in what sounds like a powerful, stirring new tune. “I got fire under my feet and I feel it in my heartbeat,” she sings on the uptempo track, resembling a storming offering from Adele‘s 21. “Getting ready for 2015…” she simply wrote alongside the tease of new music. In addition to the tease, Leona also tweeted about working on a “natural and organic” new LP back in October, and this preview certainly seems to be proof of that.
Watch Leona’s 2015 teaser after the jump, and let us know what you think about her current direction after the jump. More »
In the new promo clip for Saturday Night Live, Amy Adams seems to have quite a thing for One Direction! The Big Eyes actress tries to seduce the British/Irish lads, but hilariously doesn’t succeed! Adams has many attempts — jumping into the guys’ arms, blackmailing them into kissing her underneath mistletoe. But, the boy band is not having any of it!
Catch One Direction’s appearance on SNL tomorrow (December 20) at 11:30 p.m. EST! Their latest LP FOUR (released on November 17) features tracks like “18,” “Ready To Run,” “Night Changes” and “Steal My Girl.” The band also plan to embark on a North American and European stadium tour in 2015, beginning on June 10 in Vienna, Austria. More »
Good morning…and surprise!
Two years after his last studio album, Kaleidoscope Dream — with features on tracks for the likes of Mariah Carey (“#Beautiful”), Janelle Monae (“PrimeTime”) and the Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack and Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love in between — Miguel her returned with a surprise 3-track EP today, released for free on the singer’s Soundcloud. It’s an early Christmas miracle!
The new set of songs, which includes new tracks “Coffee,” “Hollywood Dreams” and “NWA (feat. Kurupt),” potentially signal the talented crooner’s current direction, alternating in a sweet-sounding fusion of R&B, hip-hop, electronica and sexy soul. To his end, Miguel has acknowledged the new music by posting the accompanying album art in a series of posts on Instagram.
Have a listen to the varied set of new tunes after the jump, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Rihanna surprised her French navy yesterday (December 17), when she DM’ed her most loyal fans in Paris to meet up with her in the city’s Trocadero area! The singer called it the “#R8 Experience,” but didn’t disclose what the actual meet-up was for. There were photographers, paparazzi and video cameras on hand, so we hope that the footage will be promo for her upcoming album! [Rihanna Daily]
:: More details of Bobby Shmurda‘s case are here. During yesterday’s press conference in NYC, the Brooklyn rapper pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $2 million bail. [ABC]
:: Congratulations to Ashlee Simpson, who is expecting a baby with new husband Evan Ross! This marks the second child for the former singer, who has a son from a previous relationship with Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz. [Just Jared]
:: During events surrounding next year’s Grammys, George Harrison and The Beegees will receive Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other musicians. The private ceremony will take place on February 7, just one day before music’s big night! [Rolling Stone]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today below. More »
This year started off with the last #1 song of 2013 on the Billboard Hot 100 — Eminem and Rihanna‘s “The Monster” — carrying over as the first #1 song of 2014. Other past chart-topping artists racked up more #1s this year, including Kesha, Pitbull, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, while new acts like MAGIC! and Meghan Trainor shot straight to the top with their debut singles.
And then there was “Fancy,” which brought an Aussie rapstress together with a British hit-maker for an inescapable pop jam that ruled the airwaves all spring- and summer-long and wound up with several big Grammy nominations by year’s end. More »
As part of the promotional run for her new LP The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj stopped by Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live to chat with host Andy Cohen! The rapper was full of energy on the late night show, where she opted to plead the fifth when Cohen asked, “Who has the biggest dick in the music industry?” She also discussed her experience working with Beyonce on the new record and even took a shot with Real Housewives Of Atlanta‘s Phaedra Parks!
Along with her appearance on Bravo, Minaj also guested at NYC’s Hot 97 radio station where they hosted a special VIP lounge event. The night was supposed to be a sit-down interview with DJ Ebro, but the rapper took it upon herself to hop on the couch and give the audience some eye-opening twerk action — “Anaconda”-style. It’s quite mesmerizing!
Watch the interviews and Minaj’s ***Flawless twerking after the jump! More »