:: Taylor Swift has already claimed her status as a true New Yorker (she even made a song about it), and now the singer is crowned the NYC Welcome Ambassador! Her main duty will be representing the city for incoming tourists. [MTV]
:: Sam Smith is the latest star featured in Vibe magazine, and the Brit talks about the constant Adele comparisons, Lady Gaga, his fear of coming out, and why he doesn’t like twerking. Read all about it here.
:: We’ve already made the announcement that Princewill take over the Saturday Night Live stage on November 1, but more details have come forth! The legendary entertainer will perform for eight minutes straight, a first in the 40-year history of the show. How cool is that? [via press release]
:: Finally, there is some type of bonding in the female rap community! Missy Elliot, Lil Kim and Da Brat plan to reunite at this year’s Soul Train Awards.The trio co-starred on 1997′s female anthem “Not Tonight.” Wendy Williams will host the Soul Train Awards, which will air on BET and Centric on November 30. [Billboard]
:: Like Britney Spears and possibly Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West could have been a huge Las Vegas star. But the rapper has reportedly turned down a $4.5 million offer for a residency at Planet Hollywood’s Axis Theater. [Billboard]
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Rita Ora is absolutely everywhere and I don’t know why. One minute she’s belting out an ecxellent Diane Warren-penned power ballad (“Grateful”), the next she’s performing smash hit “Black Widow” alongside Iggy Azalea on Saturday Night Live. The Brit also managed to squeeze in a lightning quick trip to Russia to perform at a private concert for HP Connected.
The prolific diva performed a selection of her hits (she’s big in Eastern Europe) but also managed to squeeze in some serious twerking to DJ Snake & Lil Jon‘s “Turn Down For What”. Rita bent over a staircase and shook her moneymaker for all it’s worth. Her sexy moves got an enthusiastic response from the crowd and it looks like she had a good time. Watch after the jump. More »
David Guetta‘s new album is called Listen, it’s due November 24 and features every second vocalist with a record deal. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration but the line-up reads like Nothing But The Beat on steroids. The French DJ reunites with “Titanium” collaborator Sia on two tracks (“Bang My Head” and “The Whisperer”) and hits up “Turn Me On” femcee Nicki Minaj for “Hey Mama”.
The rest of the featured artists are fresh and seemingly out of the box. There are soul singers (John Legend and Emeli Sande), rockers (MAGIC! and The Script), rising EDM divas (Elliphant and Bebe Rexha) and quirky singer/songwriters (Jaymes Young and Birdy). It’s a pretty exciting assembly of talent. Check out the full tracklist after the jump. More »
There’s nothing wrong with a promo blitz but this feels unnecessary given that “Burnin’ Up” has thus far peaked at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. (It reached a depressing number 73 in the UK). That could have a lot to do with the staying power of “Bang Bang”, which continues to dominate radio and iTunes. Perhaps it would be wiser to let that hit run its course before force-feeding fans the follow-up? Watch up top. More »
“Getting money, divas gettin’ money.” That iconic song lyric has turned into Beyonce‘s personal life mantra. When she’s not making bank with record-breaking ticket sales and song royalties, Queen Bey is looking for other ways to diversify her brand. Like inking a massive deal with British retailer Topshop to collaborate on a range of activewear.
Granted, tracksuits and sneakers aren’t the first thing that come to mind when you think of the “Drunk In Love” diva, but there’s method to this madness. “Creating a partnership with Beyonce, one of the most hard-working and talented people in the world, who spends many hours of her life dancing, rehearsing and training is a unique opportunity to develop this category [of clothing],” says Topshop big-wig Philip Green.
And the 33-year-old is just as enthusiastic about the upcoming collaboration. “I have always loved Topshop for its fashion credentials and forward thinking,” Bey explained. “Working with its development team to create and produce a technical and fashion-led collection is exciting, and I’m looking forward to participating in all aspects of this partnership.” More »
In case you haven’t noticed, Emblem3 are looking a little bit different these days.
Following the success of their Top 10 record Nothing To Lose and lead single “Chloe (You’re The One That I Want),” the X Factor USA alum fell short a member when Drew Chadwick opted to pursue a solo career. But, no matter! Brothers Wesley & Keaton Stromberg are continuing their journey together with Forever Together, a collection that just dropped today. Onward and upward!
And what’s better, the boys are now streaming the entire EP on their YouTube, which you can now stream in full after the jump. More »
Iggy Azalea‘s Instagram is littered with sexy swimwear pics but nothing in that holy social media account compares to the sizzling one-piece she rocks for the November issue of Maxim Australia. The “Black Widow” hitmaker shows off her famous figure in the skimpy, golden outfit and serves serious face. Hell, she even pulls the old finger-in-the-mouth trick!
November is shaping up to be a huge month for the rap diva. She will be busy promoting new MØ-assisted single “Beg For It” (hopefully her Scandinavian pal will brush up on her live performance skills) and the re-release of her debut LP Reclassified. That album is expected to drop on the same day as Nicki Minaj‘s The Pinkprint (November 24), so expect fireworks. In the meantime, check out Iggy’s stunning magazine cover after the jump. More »
Here’s some great news to brighten your Monday. Demi Lovato has already started work on her fifth studio album! “She’s finishing up right now on the last leg of her touring for this year,” her manager told Billboard. “Then the plan is for her to go back into the studio and start the next creative process. She’s already done some songs, but certainly the majority of it will kick off next year.”
I guess this kills those rumors that the pop diva is planning to re-release her current LP with a couple of high-profile duets. Demi has been a particularly successful era for the 22-year-old. It produced three top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 (“Heart Attack”, “Neon Lights” and Cher Lloyd collaboration “Really Don’t Care”) and proved popular around the globe — charting in most major European markets.
“We’re really excited,” Disney Music Group present Ken Bunt told the music bible. “We’ve got a new album coming from her next year. We’re not talking about release dates yet. And she’s going to continue her world tour throughout next year.” It will be interesting to see how Demi’s next era fares in comparison to former Disney divas Selena Gomez and Zendaya, who both have new music due in 2015. More »
What pop’s best friend Taylor Swift has to say with her fifth album 1989 (out today, ) is that, despite what some people may think, she can still keep a secret. Given how she is also a multi-Platinum album maker, seven-time Grammy winner and popular gossip blog subject, that may seem impossible. Whether she was singing “Tim McGraw” or “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Swift has told us during arena tours that she wrote songs to express whatever she couldn’t say while face-to-face. When she was still a teenager, Swift wasn’t afraid to name names. And while she may be older and more mindful now, 1989 still has a song called “Style” (a title that, one would presume, references ex-boyfriend/One Direction member Harry Styles).
We thought we had Swift mostly figured out – the type of music she made, what inspires her the most, the album liner notes decoding process, even executive-producing 1989 with Top 40 wunderkind Max Martin. And though she vowed that one day she’d escape small-town living, we couldn’t have predicted that Taylor would channel Phil Collins, Annie Lennox, Like A Prayer-era Madonna and even some peers to show that finally, she’s relocated to the big city of her dreams. 1989 is bold and brazenly confident, and it makes previous forays into pop like “I Knew You Were Trouble” sound like child’s play in comparison. More »
He had us dancing through the summer with his (appropriately titled) club cut, “Summer.” He’s put us through a serious guilt trip with John Newman on “Blame.” He’s made breaking up sound positively thrilling with Ellie Goulding on “Outside.” And, most recently, he just had us opening wide with Big Sean.
Yes, everything is coming together rather nicely for Calvin Harris — and there’s only more excitement on the way.
To celebrate the release of the Scottish DJ/producer/superstar’s forthcoming record Motion on November 4, which will include Gwen Stefani, HAIM and Tinashe (all of which we’re dying to hear), we’re giving away 3 copies of the upcoming record. Want to win? All you have to do is…give us a little motion. More »