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:: Robin Thicke was among thousands last week trying to vacate the hurricane-ravaged Cabo San Lucas. When he approached a line of hundreds at the airport, though, the “Blurred Lines” singer is said to have bribed tourists with hugs, cash, snapshots and by taking his shirt off, so that he could cut in line. [Celebuzz]
:: Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Hudgens were allegedly among the celebrities targeted in another nude photo hacking ring. Photos started surfacing on 4chan before they appeared on Twitter, like the ones of actress Jennifer Lawrence and those claiming to be of Ariana Grande and Hilary Duff. [The Huffington Post]
:: Stevie Wonder was among a few surprise guests on The Tonight Show celebrating host Jimmy Fallon‘s 40th birthday. The soul singer belted out “Happy Birthday,” while Seth Rogen and James Franco (of “Bound 2” “fame”) popped out of a giant cake. [SPIN]
:: Dr. Dre has been prepping the follow-up to 1999′s 2001 for more than a decade. Despite what’s been reported for years, though, the album isn’t called Detox. “He scrapped Detox a couple of years ago and came up with another title,” producer Dawaun Parker (Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent) says. [HipHopDX]
:: Singer J Rand has sued Jamie Foxx for using the same DJ Mustard instrumental featured in comeback single “Party Ain’t a Party,” that was first used for one of his songs. The lawsuit alleges that the “only discernible difference” between their songs was a guest verse by 2 Chainz. [Billboard]
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Just when Madonna appears ready to release a new single, she reveals two more collaborators for her forthcoming 13th album: DJ Dahi, the producer behind Drake‘s “Worst Behavior,” and Blood Diamonds, a producer and frequent collaborator with Grimes.
While DJ Dahi is best known for collaborating with rappers, his tastes are broad. For example, he sampled electro-pop duo Beach House ‘s “Silver Soul” while producing Kendrick Lamar‘s “Money Trees,” off his 2012 debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. Most recently, DJ Dahi produced the title track of Lily Allen‘s Sheezus.
“A lot of the stuff I do is very rhythmic, but also melodic, and it allows people to have ideas. Melodic stuff allows them to get kind of spacey and try new ideas,” DJ Dahi has said.
Meanwhile, Blood Diamonds was a video game design student when he began toying with production. Soon after he shifted his focus to music, he met and started collaborating with Grimes, for songs like the title track of his 2012 EP Phone Sex. This year he collaborated with Grimes in “Go,” a song that was originally written for Rihanna and inspired a video partially inspired by Korn‘s “Freak on a Leash.”
See Madonna’s snapshot of DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds (“Sex Boyzzzzzz,” in her words) below. More »
T.I. has revealed the tracklist for his ninth studio album Paperwork: The Motion Picture, out October 21.
While the Atlanta rapper has teased collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Busta Rhymes and B.o.B., none of those cameos will appear on the album. Instead, executive producer Pharrell appears on two songs, including the album’s title track. Jeezy and Rick Ross appear on one song each. T.I. has also teamed up with a few R&B stars: Usher, Chris Brown (on a song called “Private Show,” no less) and The-Dream.
So far, T.I. has built up anticipation for Paperwork with a few high-profile collaborations: Last spring he dropped “About the Money,” featuring Atlanta’s most compelling (and Nicki Minaj-approved) rap weirdo Young Thug. Later he released the feel-good, DJ Mustard-produced “No Mediocre,” featuring his Grand Hustle affiliate Iggy Azalea. Then T.I. added to the conversation surrounding the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown with “New National Anthem,” featuring Skylar Grey.
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Beyonce and Jay Z‘s latest HBO special aired on September 20, just a week after it was taped during their final joint tour dates in Paris.
By now, the public already knows what to expect of Beyonce and Jay Z On the Run: How Beyonce essentially brought a routine that she perfected during her preceding Mrs.Carter Show World Tour, only now with her husband as the world’s most expensive hype man. How tweaked versions of lyrics addressed and sparked rumors of infidelity and pregnancy. How this tour’s premise was of these two stars imagining themselves as American outlaws – a blockbuster event more anticipated than any million-dollar film adaptation that Hollywood offered this summer.
But the larger point of watching On the Run isn’t to reckon with a new plot twist.
It’s to be dazzled by how expertly produced it all is: Their gritty fantasy played out on the venue’s large screens. That barre routine during “Naughty Girl.” Words from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s TED speech, flashing on the screen to cheers. Onikuhhhhhhhhhh. When Jay Z wraps his arms around Beyonce, right when she sings “Surfing all on this good good.” The hazier footage of the couple vacationing on yachts, then playing with Blue Ivy Carter – Beyonce’s expertly curated Tumblr come to life.
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So far, Lil Wayne and Drake has drawn attention to the competitive aspect of its ongoing tour. The Capcom-sponsored Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour, launched August 9, has fans voting on who performs first and ultimately “wins” each stop. Lil Wayne won opening night, although he hasn’t fared well in Texas so far.
Meanwhile, Lil Wayne’s new “Grindin’” video focuses on how much fun they and the crowd have each night. The DJ Scoob Doo-directed clip, albeit with choppy and amateurish editing, alternates between live footage of Lil Wayne and Drake on stage, close-ups of women in the crowd and the rare moment when the Young Money headliners can unwind – share a smoke, down some shots, whatever. More »
Usher closed out this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival by bringing out a surprise guest: Chris Brown. “He’s a friend, he’s a brother, he’s a passionate artist and I have the fortunate opportunity to have shared a song with him this year,” Usher said, before the younger R&B star joined him on stage.
The two of them performed “New Flame,” Brown’s current single off his new album X. (The album, also featuring “Loyal” and “X,” is predicted to debut second only to Barbra Streisand‘s tenth album Partners next week.) Their singing led to a dance-off, which led to Usher slipping off his high-tops and lighting them on fire – after all, neither of them had the flaming ‘X’ from the “New Flame” video handy.
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Nicki Minaj was full of surprises at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. After performing certified chart hits like “Super Bass,” she segued into her fiery verse in Beyonce‘s “***Flawless” remix – only to run into technical difficulties, as her backing music cut off and then on again. “iHeartRadio, do we have a problem?” she said, before she took matters into her own hands by performing her verse a cappella.
Later, Minaj pulled off a stunt that she actually planned for the music festival. When Jessie J‘s “Bang Bang” started playing, Ariana Grande joined her on stage to sing those high notes and dance during Minaj’s own assertive verses. Unlike their MTV Video Music Awards performance, where Minaj suffered a wardrobe malfunction, this live rendition of “Bang Bang” couldn’t gone smoother.
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“I swear to God I’m moving on,” Chris Brown sings in the title track of his sixth album X (out today, September 16). He has insisted as much since he announced X early last year. Brown’s voice floats above a funky bass line and romantic strings on the LP’s first single “Fine China,” bringing to mind Michael Jackson in the early, more innocent days of his solo career. It’s his best impression of the King of Pop yet. However, the hook – “It’s alright, I’m not dangerous” – feels like a somewhat calculated answer to the questions Brown is still facing regarding the 2009 Rihanna incident: What has he learned since then? How does he intend to change? How will he deal with critics?
Brown has released three lackluster albums since that time (Graffiti, F.A.M.E. and Fortune), where he doubled down on both garish Eurohouse beats and his aggression during their most petulant moments. X‘s enduring hit, the Ty Dolla $ign-written “Loyal” is a more finessed example of how the singer’s outlook on women would become horribly retrograde. (Lil Wayne and Tyga join him in flashing money to steal girls from other men, only they all sound offended once they’re the ones left behind.) Despite what “Loyal” hinted, though, X is actually an uneven, though still welcome attempt showing that the troubled Brown wants to change.
:: Tyler, the Creator compared U2‘s surprise release of Songs of Innocence to “WAKING UP WITH A PIMPLE OR LIKE A HERPE.” Like critics, though, he can’t decide whether that’s good or bad. [SPIN]
:: Justin Bieber reveals that he and Selena Gomez are back together, though not in the most romantic way. Bieber’s attorney asked him of their relationship, in regards to a lawsuit filed by a photographer claiming that Bieber assaulted him. [E!]
:: N.E.R.D. (Pharrell, Chad Hugo, Shae Daley) may release their first new music in four years. “You’re gonna like this shit we’re gonna release,” Daley said during Pharrell’s recent iTunes Festival performance, before Pharrell himself said, “There will always be a N.E.R.D.” [NME]
:: Big Sean says that he was actually in a relationship, presumably with Glee star Naya Rivera, when he wrote his new song “I Don’t Fuck With You.” “[O]bviously, after a few things went down, I went back and changed a couple words — but, mainly, the song was already there.” he says. [MTV]
:: Chris Brown and Trey Songz teamed up to remix “Tuesday,” the breakthrough song by Atlanta R&B upstart ILoveMakonnen. Drake remixed the song first, then signed ILoveMakonnen to his imprint OVO Sound. [Rap-Up]
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One Direction will release the lead single to its new album Four on September 29. “Steal My Girl” was penned by Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, alongside the songwriting team responsible for Midnight Memories‘ “Best Song Ever” (Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan). “Over cascading stadium piano chords, ‘Steal My Girl’ shows the band continuing to expand their influences and song-writing ability while retaining their widescreen pop sound,” a press release says. More »