We’ve been waiting to hear Christina Aguilera‘s new single “Your Body” longer than we can remember, and today the demo recording of Xtina’s collaboration with pop hitmaker Max Martin has finally surfaced. Head below to stream the song (before it inevitably gets taken down). More »
:: Beyonce models the latest fashions in her House Of Dereon autumn/winter collection campaign, which is based off the look of musical festival attendees, like the ones who rocked out to Bey’s 2011 Glastonbury performance. [ONTD]
Grimes, one of Idolator’s Top Women About To Pop in 2012, hails from Canada, but you’d think she just landed from outer space in her balls-out crazy video for “Genesis,” a single off her album Visions. In the self-directed clip, the 24-year-old indie-pop artist hangs with an odd assortment of people — a woman in suggestive full-body armor and pink braids flashing some serious diva moves in particular — as well as a snake that very well might be Britney Spears‘ long-lost “Slave 4 U” companion. (As Brit recently discovered, his name is Banana, and he’s alive and well, so it’s quite possible that Grimes cast the exact same show business reptile.)
The video is said to be inspired by “Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things as well as by fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and Jamie Hewlett’s Tank Girl creation,” reports NME. We didn’t get any of that, except we did realize that we want Hollywood to remake Mad Max with an all-female cast.
Lupe Fiasco once again uses provocative imagery to get his message across in the video for “Bitch Bad”, the new single from his forthcoming album, Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (out September 25). The video is shot in a retro style, and is filmed on a stage in a theater, to emphasize the idea that we’re being told a story with a lesson to be learned.
Young boys and girls watch the Chicago MC narrate a play in three acts that hopes to deconstruct the word “bitch” and show its negative affect in the African-American community. As Fiasco discussed with MTV Rap-Fix, he hopes that by starting the conversation, kids will continue the discussion themselves and hopefully make a change of how they view (and call) themselves and others. More »
When Jay-Z released his hit song “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” in 1998, using a sample of the song “It’s A Hard Knock Life” from the musical Annie, do you think he ever imagined he’d be writing new songs for a big-screen remake of the Broadway show 14 years later? We’re going to go with no, probably not, but that’s what’s happening.
Hova will pen new songs for the remake of the 1982 movie musical, which will star 11-year-old Willow Smith in the title role. (Surprise, surprise — her dad Will Smith is also co-producing the flick with Jay). More »
Avril Lavigne‘s surprise engagement to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger has already inspired countless jokey tweets and unintentionally hilarious heartfelt fanmade videos congratulating the couple. Avril and Chad have kept their six-month long relationship relatively secret until yesterday (August 21) when they announced their engagement, and now the duo are more than happy to show off their love — as well as Avril’s 14-carat diamond ring — while posing on the cover of Canada’s Hello. (Head to People.com for a closer look at Avril’s new bling.)
“I knew I was falling for her,” Kroeger tells the mag about working with Avril in the studio, co-writing a song for her new album. “It was incredibly powerful and something I’ll never forget.”
“He makes me laugh every day,” said Lavigne of Kroeger. “He takes care of me in every way and is extremely attentive.”
It’s pretty sweet how excited the two look — hopefully they stay off the Internet for awhile, because we’d hate for comments like “Here’s to Avril Lavigne marrying Chad Kroeger and one day giving birth to a happy, healthy Now That’s What I Call Music! CD” to ruin their happy moment.
How do Chavril rank among pop music’s most WTF couples?
Katy Perry‘s “Wide Awake” video is up for Video Of The Year at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, and now we can take a gander at how this gothic fairytale came to be. In the vid’s behind-the-scenes, the purple-haired pop star takes us on a journey full of metaphors, sparkly outfits, French directors who speak barely any English, and a whole lot — we mean a lot — of special effects.
Though you may have watched “Wide Awake” in only two dimensions, the video was actually filmed in 3-D, same as the movie (Katy Perry: Part Of Me 3-D) it was written for. “We might be on the forefront of something new,” Katy tells the camera. “We probably might just fuck this video up, though.”
Check out Part 1 above, then head below for Part 2. More »
Lana Del Rey might enjoy a trip to the Hamptons in a Bugatti Veyron, but she’ll have to switch her ride — the 26-year-old singer has been named the face of Jaguar’s new F-Type sports car. Lana’s new endorsement deal was announced just as two new (“new” as in probably pretty old) songs from the songstress surfaced online. Jump below to hear “Delicious” and “Big Bad Wolf”. More »
:: 2012 MTV VMA perfomers Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys and Pink will all have their own VH1 Storytellers episode that will air in November. Taylor’s will be November 11, Alicia’s on November 12, and Pink’s on November 13. [MTV]
:: While performing at V Festival over the weekend, Cher Lloyd was hit with bottles of urine and booed off stage. At least she doesn’t seem too upset about it, tweeting, “Unfortunately a glass bottle got thrown at me on stage. Tomorrow is another day, big love to my brats!!!” [THR]
Avril Lavigne is ready to rock down the aisle again. After a six-month courtship that was kept so quiet we had no idea they were even dating, Lavigne is engaged to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, reports People.
The Canadian couple first got together in February when they were collaborating on a song for Lavigne’s next album. “A romantic relationship blossomed as they spent time writing together,” a source tells the mag. Kroeger popped the question on August 8.
The 27-year-old pop star clearly has a type — she was previously married to Sum 41 rocker Deryck Whibley from 2006 to 2009.