Kanye West stopped by Saturday Night Online recently for yet another interview (can anyone explain why’s he still doing these?). The star had several Peak Kanye moments. For instance, he explained being a creative genius as a “plague,” that it’s painful to have “all these ideas” and not being able to get them all out. He also said, “I’m great like Michelangelo. I’m great like Disney,” and called his rants “visionary streams of consciousness,” which is beautiful. But comparisons to Renaissance artists and entertainment titans, that’s par at this point. Comparing himself to our servicemen and women, and police officers? That’s new territory for Ye.
Speaking about the risks of the extravagant Yeezus tour rig, he said, ”I’m putting my life at risk…this is like being a police officer, or like war or something. You’re literally going out to do your job every day knowing that something could happen to you.” Yes, unfortunately, Ye said this. And this isn’t out of context, he wasn’t joking around. And yes, we get it, going up on a fake mountain and turning up is a precarious endeavor. But we don’t have to spell out why the two occupations are incomparable.
Oh, and Kanye added: “I’ll explain to my daughter my one day that me and her mother had to fight for this position that we finally have.” You hear that, folks? Kim Kardashian, freedom fighter. Watch the full interview below. More »
Lea Michele‘s probably-natural segue from TV’s Glee to pop stardom begins with “Cannonball,” the lead single from her upcoming debut album Louder (out March 4, 2014). Sia penned the track, and as noted yesterday when the song’s preview surfaced, Lea’s vocal deliver here is pretty faithful to what we imagine the go-to Australian singer-songwriter herself sounded like on the original demo.
“Cannonball” is now available on iTunes, along with pre-orders for Louder, and you can hear the song in full below. More »
Ariana Grande is back with another Christmas song, this time taking on the Eartha Kitt classic “Santa Baby.” For the final entry in her holiday series, Grande brought in her (*checks notes*) Victorious co-star Liz Gillies for some help, resulting in a playful duet with plenty of breathy purrs. It’s pretty faithful to the original — a little more uptempo, with the loping bass line paired with a bouncier, modern beat.
The song appears on Grande’s Christmas Kisses EP, out December 17. Hear it below. More »
One minute they’re Blind-Auditioning voiceover actors and sitcom stars’ sisters, and the next they’re on to the semi-finals. They grow up so fast on The Voice! Though Cee Lo stands sans contestants, proud parents…er…coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton are going to any length to win. Help their contestants win? Nah. They’re basically at the point where Season 6 should be called The Coach. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Elton John took a stand for gay rights at a concert in Russia. The move could have landed the pop legend in jail due to the nation’s anti-gay propaganda laws. [Pigeons & Planes]
:: In news that will shock absolutely no one, Nicki Minaj‘s birthday cake was breast-shaped. The femcee tweeted a pic of the neon pink treat, which looked absolutely mouth-watering. [Hollywood Life]
:: Beyonce is on a 22 day vegan challenge but Mrs. Carter seems to be expressing her dismay through clothing. In the past couple of days she has rocked pizza and cow print outfits. Just buy yourself a burger, Bey. [Necole Bitchie]
:: If you missed Kings Of Leon the first time around, never fear. The band has added a second North American leg to their Mechanical Bull tour. Get in quick! [Billboard]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Ke$ha and Pitbull are already conquering clubs with their square dance-inducing party jam “Timber” as it nudges ever-closer to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Expect their reign to last all winter with a killer new remix courtesy of Chicago-based DJ outfit Jump Smokers.
This mix is an absolute no-brainer. Give it a spin and watch the party spring to life in front of you. Jump Smokers up the BPM and add a suitably intense drop but the song’s infectious chorus and cheeky rapped verses remain intact. Take a listen to “Timber” on steroids after the jump. More »