MOBO Awards 2014: Sam Smith Wins Big, Jessie J & Nicole Scherzinger Perform

Sam Smith swept the 2014 MOBO Awards last night (October 22), as he took away four awards. The In The Lonely Hour crooner won Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Male, Best Album and Best Song for his smash “Stay With Me.”

The ceremony, which stands for Music of Black Origin, was hosted by former Spice Girl Mel B and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Sarah-Jane Crawford. The highlight performances of the night came from Sweet Talker Jessie J and honorary Brit, Nicole Scherzinger. The former sung a tried-and-true mashup of “Bang Bang” and “Burnin’ Up” featuring rapper Kid Ink, while the latter won the crowd with her latest tune “On The Rocks.”

Watch the performances and view the full winners list after the jump. More »

One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” Video: See Louis With A Chimp & Liam In A Marching Band On The Set

 

We’re one day away from the premiere of the video for One Direction‘s “Steal My Girl,” the lead single off the UK boy band’s upcoming album Four (out November 17). And to tease Directioners to the point of experiencing an absolute cuteness-overload, the guys threw some photos from the Los Angeles set out there today, including ones showing Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and video guest star Danny DeVito playing around with a chimp.

In another pic posted on One Direction’s Facebook wall this morning, Liam Payne is shown being filmed while wearing a marching band jacket. What could all this random fun in the sun mean, as far as a cohesive plot for the video? (Remember, there’s also the whole bit with the sumo wrestlers!) Silly Directioners — you’ll just have to wait a full day to find out! More »

J. Cole Remixes Jessie Ware’s “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe”: Listen

Jessie Ware is no stranger to a rap collaboration (see A$AP Rocky‘s remix of 2013′s “Wildest Moments”), and her latest joint effort is with J. Cole. The North Carolina-bred rapper added an explicit verse to the singer’s “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe,” a Miguel-penned cut off her sophomore album Tough Love.

J. Cole’s verse kicks off the song, adding a staccato flow to the sensual bedroom romp that includes sexy talk about twisting tongues and fake asses. The two artists met in Los Angeles while Ware was in the studio with production duo BenZel (aka Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch). Take a listen to the remix below. More »

Fifth Harmony Become Barbies In Dorky “Anything Is Possible” Video: Watch

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What A Bunch Of Dolls!

Remember when the young queens of Fifth Harmony teamed up with Mattel to create a Barbie anthem called “Anything Is Possible”? Whether you’ve blocked the memory out of your head or have been happily bopping to the kid-friendly tune for months, the accompanying video has arrived — and it’s really something.

The über-perky, super colorful visual sees the BO$$ES going totally Barbie (even briefly turning into Barbie dolls!), crooning their female empowerment anthem while little girls dance around them and dream big: Olympians! Superheroes! Pop stars! Astronauts!

It’s undoubtedly the cheesiest thing the 5H ladies have ever participated in, but hey, it’s meant to inspire the next generation to dream big. Anything is possible, after all. More »

Tyga Disses Drake, Calls The Singer “Fake”: Morning Mix

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:: Tyga graces Vibe magazine’s digital cover this month, and the California rapper sure has a lot to say! In the article, he talks about his recent breakup with Blac Chyna and working with Kanye West in the studio — but the highlight of the interview is Tyga dissing Young Money labelmate Drake. He states, “I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me. I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people. We were forced together and it was kinda’ like we were forcing relationships together.” Ouch. [VIBE]

:: Katy Perry will be turning 30 years old soon (on October 25 to be precise), and the singer had plans to ring in the new decade in a big way. She wanted to celebrate the big 3-0 in Egypt, but unfortunately the trip won’t be possible due to safety reasons. There is no word yet on what Perry will end up doing for her birthday. [Hollywood Reporter]

:: Kendrick Lamar‘s latest single, “i” will now be the theme song for the 2014-2015 NBA season. The song is uplifting and has a positive message, so maybe it will give the basketball players more motivation to perform well. [2 Dope Boyz]

:: Celebrities sure love using Twitter to stir up drama! After Amber Rose filed for divorce from husband Wiz Khalifa, the model seemed to be pretty happy without him. But the rapper tweeted her a happy birthday on Tuesday, and she responded with: “Thank u [sic] Sweetheart #StillLoveYouNoMatterWhat.” Rose then used a heart emoji to cap off the tweet. What could this all mean?! [Celebuzz]

:: Pharrell is definitely a jack of all trades! It has been announced that the entertainer will star in an upcoming film for Chanel’s Pre-Fall fashion show. He shot it in Paris last week, and it will be shown simultaneously with the presentation on December 2. [Complex]

Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Swedish Diva Ji Nilsson Implies That Gwen Stefani’s New Single “Baby Don’t Lie” Is A Rip-Off: See Her Tweets

Swedish diva Ji Nilsson had a distinct sense of deja vu when she first heard Gwen Stefani‘s new single “Baby Don’t Lie”. She felt the song ripped off her own 2014 single “Heartbreakfree” and jumped on Twitter to (very politely) express her surprise. “People all over the internet are saying @gwenstefani s Baby Don’t Lie sounds just like my previous single ‘Heartbreakfree’!” she tweeted.

The Scandinavian singer/producer also retweeted a supporter’s comment about imitation being the greatest form of flattery, before giving a longer explanation when Gwen’s fans started trolling her mentions. “I have not been sitting around waiting to say that a famous artist copied the production of my song,” Ji lamented. “Blogs started to write about it and people agreed so I listened to Baby Don’t Lie and yes, I agree that the production sounds alot like Heartbreakfree.”

She actually has a point. The production does sound very similar, which may or may not be a total coincidence. Ji should probably take that up with Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco (who produced “Baby Don’t Lie”) but I sincerely doubt Gwen has ever heard the actually-rather-great “Heartbreakfree” in her life. Compare both songs after the jump and see the aggrieved pop star’s tweets. More »

Sister Christina Covers Madonna’s “Like A Virgin”, Preps US Album Release: Watch Her Video & See The Tracklist

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Touched For The Very First Time

Sister Cristina, a 26-year-old Italian nun, became an overnight YouTube sensation when she performed Alicia Keys‘ ballad “No One” on The Voice Italy earlier this year. She went on to win the competition, generating enough interest along the way to land a US deal with Republic Records. The divine diva is now promoting debut album (due November 11) with a cover of Madonna‘s “Like A Virgin”.

My initial reaction to Sister Cristina’s unfortunate song choice was to bathe my ears out in holy water but she has her reasons. “I chose ‘Like A Virgin’ because I wanted it to bear witness to God’s power to move all things!” she said in a statement. “I see it as God’s touch, when he called me to a new life, giving me back the purity and dignity of being his Daughter and being Loved by Him.” Ok, sis. Chill. Her interpretation of Madonna’s classic is actually kind of sweet. Watch pop’s coolest nun in action up top and check out her snazzy album cover and tracklist after the jump. More »

RoccStar Is Working On Fergie’s New Album, Describes The Sound As ‘The Dutchess’ Meets Rihanna

You can add RoccStar to the list of hot producers working on Fergie‘s much-anticipated comeback album. (Mike WiLL Made It, DJ Mustard and Will.i.am are also involved). I asked him about the project during a recent interview and he couldn’t contain his excitement. “I did a couple tracks on there and I’m gonna do some more because I love Fergie.”

And what does the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman’s new LP sound like? “It’s The Dutchess mixed in with some Rihanna… it’s like an upgraded version of her. She has more edge, and I made sure she’s ahead of this current movement.” Leon Youngblood Jr. (his real name) produced the title track of Jennifer Lopez‘s A.K.A. and has several songs on Chris Brown‘s X. He also worked with Beyonce on two songs that didn’t appear on her game-changing visual album. More »

Milky Chance Turn Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” Into A Breezy Folk-Pop Anthem On SiriusXM: Watch

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Never Hit So Hard In Love

Milky Chance is part of the new wave of European pop (think Tove Lo, Mr. Probz and Nico & Vinz) causing major damage on the Billboard Hot 100. The German duo’s hypnotic debut single “Stolen Dance” is hovering just outside the top 50 and is expected to climb a lot higher given mounting radio support. Their cover of Miley Cyrus“Wrecking Ball” should also win them some new fans.

Clemens Rehbein (vocalist) and Phillip Dausch (producer) aren’t the first indie-pop outfit to tackle Bangerz diva’s chart-topper. Haim, London Grammar and Angel Haze have all put their own spin on the song but Milky Chance really break the song down to basics and turn it into something unrecognizable. Watch the band perform the song on SiriusXM up top. More »

Mystery Skulls, Brandy & Nile Rodgers Just Dropped “Number 1,” The Best New Track You’ll Hear This Week: Listen

Sometimes, out of the blue, a magical song springs up that possesses the ability to instantly brighten all corners of the universe. And we’re not saying this lightly: Mystery Skulls‘ disco-pop jam “Number 1,” featuring R&B diva Brandy and the legendary Nile Rodgers, is one such sunny track. The good news is that Mystery Skulls’ upcoming debut LP Forever (out October 27) is full of equally-addictive tracks guaranteed to get your butt shaking and your face smiling.

But that’s a few days off. For now, just revel in the absolute pop bliss of “Number 1″ below. More »