The release date of Rihanna‘s forthcoming eight studio LP is completely unknown and with the currently blasé state of pop, any information we can get about the Barbadian songstress’ project is welcome! Well, Ne-Yo has now gifted us with some knowledge. The singer/songwriter and frequent collaborator with Rihanna (“Hate That I Love You,” “Right Now,” “Russian Roulette,” “Take A Bow”) stopped by Capital XTRA over the weekend during his London stop, and reflected on the bad gal’s album.
He told the radio station, “The stuff I’ve heard is absolutely incredible. I can’t speak on what it sounds like because I’ll get in trouble. But I definitely feel like people are gonna enjoy it. Anybody that’s a Rihanna fan is gonna stay a Rihanna fan, and anybody that’s not might become a Rihanna fan … just gear up for it.” More »
This year has been all about girl power on the charts, and the celebration of the ladies will only continue with the Billboard Women In Music Awards on December 12 in New York City.
Today, the organization announced that — in addition to Taylor Swift, who has been named the Woman Of The Year for a second time — both Ariana Grande and Idina Menzel will be honored at this year’s event.
According to Billboard, “Grande will receive the 2014 Billboard Rising Star award and Menzel will accept the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award, a new honor at the awards event that’s now in its ninth year.” Ariana’s Rising Star award has previously gone to superstars including Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga. Congratulations, you two! More »
Whether you view holiday staple “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by the Band Aid collective as a guilty pleasure or Christmas classic, chances are, if it’s a significant anniversary year following the charity single’s original release, songwriters Bob Geldof and Midge Ure will be orchestrating an updated version with a whole new set of voices.
Case in point: It was announced this week that Geldof and Ure will be recording the fourth version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” this Saturday (November 15) in London, to coincide with the song’s 30th anniversary, and to raise money for Ebola relief in West Africa. You won’t have to wait too long to hear the update, either — it’s being released on Monday…as in two days later. More »
Over the weekend, Nicki Minaj released a lyric video for her latest Pinkprint single, “Only,” which features Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Drake. Only problem? It was filled with what appeared to be very obvious Nazi imagery. Oof.
The Anti-Defamation League immediately noticed the similarities to Nazi propaganda and issued a statement condemning the visual. “Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” the organization explained. Until now, Nicki remained silent on the issue, but as of this morning, she’s taken to Twitter to address the situation. Read what she had to say after the jump. More »
Sabrina Carpenter‘s debut EP Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying is one of the most underrated country-pop gems of 2014. From the sassy, Meghan Trainor-penned title track to ridiculously perky current single “The Middle Of Starting Over”, everything about the four-song set is adorable and relentlessly catchy. And it just got better with the addition of “Silver Nights”.
Yes, the 15-year-old just added a Christmas song to her EP (the wonders of iTunes) and, as expected, it’s next-level cute. “Streets are crowded, stores are busy,” Sabrina chirps. “Sippin’ cocoa, I’m just wishin’ there’ll be a mistletoe so you might kiss me.” There’s also a soaring chorus with bells and whistles — literally — that will instantly put you in a festive mood. Listen after the jump. More »
What’s going on? First Nicki Minaj drops a Nazi-themed lyric video and now Eminem has been accused of threatening to assault Lana Del Rey in a freestyle rap. “I’ll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice like Ray Rice in broad daylight,” the MC is quoted as saying. (He is, of course, referencing the disgraced football star’s domestic violence scandal).
Eminem’s alleged rhyme has been picked by multiple Lana Del Rey fansites but none of them have been able to cite when or where the performance took place. However, there is a Vine of the rap and it’s pretty alarming. The “Monster” hitmaker has a long history of dissing female artists but threatening an act of violence crosses the line. Check out the recording after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj dropped an animated lyric video full of very obvious Nazi imagery on Friday afternoon (November 7) and it barely caused a ripple on social media. The fact that it coincided with the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht (a precursor to the Holocaust) didn’t seem to matter as much as the outfits she rocked at the MTV European Music Awards over the weekend. Today, the Anti-Defamation League issued an official response.
“Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” begins ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman‘s scathing statement. “This video is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of the history of that era. The abuse of Nazi imagery is deeply disturbing and offensive to Jews and all those who can recall the sacrifices Americans and many others had to make as a result of Hitler’s Nazi juggernaut.” More »
In case your phone broke or you lost your internet connection over the weekend, Beyonce casually posted her sexiest photo shoot yet and went back to dusting her Grammys/terrorizing French museums. The game-changing diva rocked a body-hugging leotard in the sizzling snaps, which some fans examined a little too closely. (Although, all’s fair in love and nudes).
Better yet, the stunning ensemble is emblazoned with the Jay Z-refencing quote “99 Problems But My Ass Ain’t One”. So it only makes sense that she would hike up the garment to show off her own. Beyonce is re-releasing her pioneering visual album on November 24 with two new songs and several remixes. See Queen Bey’s eye-popping pics after the jump. More »
Hold up! Demi Lovato ain’t done with 2014 just yet.
Even though she’s heading out to the UK to jump on tour with Enrique Iglesias and already begun recording for an upcoming studio album due out in 2015, Demetria’s got a special treat in time for the holidays for you, Lovatics.
The Demi repackage will include her Target bonus track “I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me” (which is available immediately upon pre-order), as well as the previously unreleased “Up” with Olly Murs and her version of Frozen anthem “Let It Go,” plus live recordings of her Ed Sheeran cover “Give Me Love,” “Nightingale” and “Really Don’t Care.” The album will also come with an exclusive message to the Lovatics.
The Demi re-release is available to pre-order now (in the UK, at least), and will be released on December 1. Will you be grabbing a copy? Sound off in the comments below. More »
There are few things more necessary and crucial in this world than a JoJo comeback, which is why any and all signs of new music are a blessing sent from above.
The newly emancipated songbird has been steadily at work recording her long-awaited follow-up to 2006′s The High Road ever since signing with Atlantic Records, and apart from dropping a hot free Valentine’s Day #LoveJo mixtape along the way, it sounds like we’ll be getting the first taste of what’s to come in early 2015.
In an interview on the red carpet for the 3rd Annual Unlikely Heroes Awards Dinner and Gala, Jo was asked about her progress on the upcoming LP. “I’m wrapping it up…started the album in April. Really, really thrilled to finally be finishing and putting out a new single early next year,” she explained, hinting that we should expect a tour too. (Please, yes!) Are you as excited as we are for the return of JoJo?
Watch the interview after the jump, and sound off in the comments below. More »