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Coachella 2014′s first weekend set the bar pretty high, as far as our expectations for round two go. Just a few highlights from the fest’s first outing: Beyonce stepping on stage with sister Solange, Pharrell bringing Gwen Stefani out and Jay Z stepping up to the mic with Nas.
This weekend, Coachella is back in action with a staggering lineup of favorites (Lorde, Lana Del Rey and Disclosure, to name a few). However, the desert can be a cruel mistress, with sunburns, dehydration and tripping over celebrities living out their Woodstock fantasies all a very real risk. Fortunately, we have enlisted the help of Capital Cities to give some sage advice on how to get equipped for weekend two of Coachella. More »
Kanye West and Future linked up on “I Won,” the ode to their famous significant others on Honest. So everyone expected the Hype Williams-directed video to at least feature cameos from their respective fiancées, Kim Kardashian and Ciara. Unfortunately, they’re nowhere to be found, with some writhing, side-boob-flaunting swimsuit models serving as stand-ins. Maybe the scheduling didn’t work out? Regardless, it’s still a bit odd to deliver a heartfelt rap about pampering and piping your well-known fiancée while wet video vixens touch themselves a few feet away.
There’s not much else to say about the relatively bland, black-and-white beach visual. As the pinups roll in the sand, Ye and Future separately perform by the water, dressed in their slick Hamptons threads. Check it out up top. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Drake goes hard for the Toronto Raptors. He not only signed on as the NBA team’s global ambassador but also narrates their latest commercial. And Drizzy does a great job of talking the team up. [Rap-Up]
:: There are big changes ahead for Selena Gomez. She recently changed management (the diva is now signed with WME) and is looking to take her career to the next level. According to rumors, she’s also shopping for a new record label. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: John Legend is riding high on the Billboard Hot 100 with power ballad “All Of Me” at the moment but he also has his sights set on the box office, signing on to produce a new dance movie with the writer of Step Up 5. [Same Same]
:: Obsessed with Future Islands frontman Sam Herring‘s sweet dance moves (as seen on David Letterman)? Then you need to check out the band’s performance at Spin’s SXSW day party in March. [Spin]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
After a Wednesday night filled with strange guest spots and appearances, Thursday night’s American Idol results show revealed which six contestants survived the voting after performing in this week’s “Competitor’s Pick”-themed show. The performances were either deemed stellar by the judges or pretty abysmal, with not a whole lot in between — which doesn’t bode well for certain finalists (and one in particular). More »
Madonna isn’t taking any chances with her new LP. The pop icon has been cooking up tunes with EDM hitmaker du jour Avicii as well as collaborating with fellow diva/gun songwriter Natalia Kills. Now you can add MoZella, Symbolyc One (often referred to as S1) and Toby Gad to that extremely promising list.
So who are Madonna’s latest collaborators? Toby Gad should be familiar to most of you as the man who penned Beyonce‘s “If I Were A Boy” and Fergie‘s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”. S1 has also worked with Queen Bey (he produced “Best Thing I Never Had”), while MoZella was actually signed to Maverick Records — the Material Girl’s old label — in the early ’00s and released a couple of great albums and EPs.
Now she’s perhaps best known for writing Miley Cyrus‘ brilliant “Wrecking Ball”. With this trio on board, it’s a pretty safe bet that they are working on a ballad. Which is great news because you need an occasional break from the floorfillers and some of Madonna’s best songs are slow jams (“Live To Tell”, “Take A Bow” and “Rain”). More »
Miley Cyrus might be lying in hospital but the serial twerker’s illness hasn’t dampened her fiery attitude one iota. Sick of rumors that she suffered a nervous breakdown brought on by the death of her beloved dog and excessive partying, the Bangerz diva took to her Twitter account (she has great reception) to set everyone straight. “shut the fuck up & let me heal,” she tweeted angrily. “stop scaring my family, friends, & fans.”
The 21-year-old also attached an official statement that reads: “Miley was suffering from a sinus infection during her tour. She was prescribed the antibiotic Cephalexin which she now suffered an extreme allergic reaction to. This type of extreme reaction can last from five to 27 days in these types of cases.” See the “We Can’t Stop” superstar’s tweet and full statement after the jump. More »