Iggy Azalea laughs nervously in a promo clip for Saturday Night Live. This isn’t the I-G-G-Y of Reclassified‘s lead single “Beg for It,” where she boasts of her self-worth as the hottest female rapper out (“P-ssy power, pay me by the hour”). Instead, she’s forced to reckon with guest host Jim Carrey as the ever-cartoonish comedian tries saying her name in various voices, contort his face as he would in The Mask and even pose as a rapper, complete with chains and a grill.
It’s okay, Iggy – no one quite knows how to best handle Jim Carrey. More »
Justin Bieber stars in Khalil‘s new video for “Playtime,” which was released on October 24. While the two friends sing quietly, if not listlessly, about a deteriorating relationship, the Journals superstar is especially moody as he roams an empty building in Toronto.
“Such a waste of time / There’s no need to fight / We could spend that time laughing / ’cause we got no more times for arguments,” Bieber sings, in three different scenes of him covering his head with his hands. Later he glides through a few dance moves, though he doesn’t crack a smile until he and Khalil draw a crowd at a town square. More »
Rihanna‘s eighth album may arrive next month, if a leaked photo is to be believed.
Here’s the story: DJ Envy, co-host of Power 105′s The Breakfast Club, found what appears to be an official document from Rihanna’s label RocNation, detailing her new album. The title? Lost Files. The release date? November 25. The standard edition would feature 14 songs and appearances by Nicki Minaj, Drake, Big Sean and Eminem.
The most promising sign that the leaked photo is authentic is its mention of “Barz,” featuring Minaj. Last spring on social media, Rihanna teased the woeful lyrics: “Your silver tongue is full of lies, with tricks and thrills and Bambi eyes.” And after a thorough investigation, the Navy concluded that either ThePink Print star or Keri Hilson was involved.
See the rumored tracklist for Rihanna’s next album below. More »
British soul singer Jessie Ware can be modest. “I’m never going to be a pop star like Lady Gaga,” she once said, as if the idea was too far out of reach. Plus, while her voice is just as powerful as fellow UK star Jessie J (no, really), Ware’s 2012 debut Devotion was proof positive that she won’t require back-up dancers anytime soon. Devotion may have marked her transition from featured vocalist for electronica producers like SBTRKTto solo artist; however, Ware kept her voice low among the album’s dripping tempos, airy ambiance and simmering drama.
That was fine – after all, the “Wildest Moments” singer earned easy comparisons to Sade, a major influence and the epitome of smooth operator, while helping reestablish that R&B has long been more exciting and forward-thinking than Chris Brown ever made it seem. Still, while Devotion portrayed Ware as someone who keeps her composure, follow-up Tough Love (out today, ) demonstrates that, actually, she’s got some nerve – and that, too, is really exciting. More »
:: Lance Bass has set a date for his wedding to model Michael Turchin: December 20. Yes, Bass plans to invite his former boy bandmates in *NSYNC, though no – they will not take the stage together. “I think it’s a little cheesy if I sing at all at my wedding,” he says. [Billboard]
:: Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died October 18 of a rare form of cancer. Borgella finished in the top 24 of the singing competition show’s seventh season. [Vulture]
:: Jhene Aiko opened up about her recent no-show to her label Def Jam’s 30th anniversary concert. She told fans that a male worker “physically assaulted a member of my management (female) … we had to leave due to the disrespect and hostile environment.” [FADER]
:: British pop star Olly Murs groaned when he learned that Taylor Swift‘s “Out of the Woods” may be about ex-boyfriend Harry Styles. “Come on, let it go. Write something new that isn’t about Harry,” he said. [J-14]
:: Drake took a few warm-up shots with the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team during its preseason Big Blue Madness. Unfortunately, he air-balled. [Vulture]
:: Katy Perry wasn’t pleased to find out that Betty Crocker discontinued its Rainbow Chip frosting. She’s hardly alone – when the news first hit, tubs of it were selling for nearly $100 online. [Twitter]
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Congratulations are in order!Glee star Matthew Morrison married model Renee Puente on October 18 in Maui, Hawaii.
The longtime couple exchanged vows during an intimate ceremony of just 50 guests, held on a private estate in Kihei. Kiley Dean, R&B singer and Britney Spears‘ back-up vocalist, sang as Puente walked down the aisle. Later, the newlyweds themselves sang a duet version of “Starry Eyed/Video Games” by Nashville star Laura Benanti.
Morrison and Puente had been dating since 2011 and got engaged last summer. Friends Elton John and David Furnish had announced the news during this year’s White Tie and Tiara Ball in London, and to celebrate, John and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin serenaded the couple with a duet version of John’s pop standard “Your Song.” More »
Kesha filed a lawsuit earlier this week against longtime producer Dr. Luke, claiming that he “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused” her for a decade. But as BuzzFeed just discovered, a rare few weren’t shocked by the allegations. The news outlet discovered (and confirmed the authenticity) of several letters that the Warrior star wrote to devoted fans while staying at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center earlier this year.
All of her letters were written on coloring book pages. Some of them have the “Timber” singer calling out the super-producer by name. “Annie – yes, Dr. Luke has tortured me & my family … he did do what people know about + so much more terrible shit,” Kesha wrote in one letter – see it below. More »
Taylor Swift has been teasing song lyrics from her new album, 1989, over the past few days. Last night (October 18), however, she revealed something even bigger – a worldwide iTunes release. “Heads up! Something’s happening on @itunesmusic at around 11:59pm EST Monday night..,” she said on Twitter.
Swift posted two photos with her announcement, including one of her standing on a balcony with a view overlooking the Big Apple. This has led fans to believe that the “Out Of The Woods” star plans to release a song called “Welcome to New York,” which is reportedly co-written by OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder. (Swift has said that this rumored 1989 tracklist wasn’t accurate, save for how “Shake It Off” is listed as the sixth track.) See the announcement below.More »
“Uh huh, here we go,” Stefani says, and to this rubbery bass line and hand claps – this club-ready setting suggesting a sequel to the Pharrell-produced smash “Hollaback Girl.” Instead, “Baby Don’t Lie” mellows out into a mid-tempo pop song. Throughout, Stefani hiccups through her lyrics (“But there’s something behind those eyes/those eyes/that you can’t, that you can’t disguise/disguise”) like Rihanna does in 2012′s Sia-written “Diamonds,” save for the Love.Angel.Music.Baby-ready sung-rap breakdown. Take a listen below. More »