Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Tyga‘s ominous “Senile” has gotten a colorful, slightly creepy video directed by Colin Tilley. The behind-the-scenes photos gave us an indication that the video for the Rise Of An Empire cut would be odd, but I’m not sure we were prepared for Shake Weights and the wackest version of The Worm ever put on tape.
Each rapper gets their own little setting in the video: for Tyga, it’s a blacklit room with masked dancers and a hookah, while Nicki is on a playground and Weezy spends his time with some backwards Swedish-looking family. The visual premiered on BET’s 106 & Park and isn’t online yet, so for now watch the TV rip up top. More »
OK so 2 Chainz is basically the male version of Rihanna when it comes to insane levels of output. Dude’s already working on B.O.A.T.S. III, and in the meantime, he has decided to release a new EP called Freebase (interesting title considering his recent drug charges.) The EP is due out May 5, and it’s being touted as a fan-oriented project that finds Tity Boi returning to “hardcore, streetflavored rap.”
“It has been a minute since the release of my album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time and I wanted to give something special to my fans while I record my follow-up album,” the rapper said in a statement. “This is a taste of what is to come.” The fan thing isn’t just hollow marketing jargon either — the cover (which you can see up top) was chosen from thousands of fan submissions on Instagram. The winning design features a photo of the legendary Richard Pryor wearing two chain necklaces.
Check out the trailer below, which features part of a new song. More »
You pretty much really do have to be living under a rock to have not yet heard Jason Derulo‘s infectious banga “Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz)”: Whether you’ve witnessed him cutting a rug on Dancing With The Stars or you’ve seen his host of famous friends — from One Direction to Austin Mahone — lip-syncing to the jam, there’s simply no escaping that horn-heavy breakdown.
It comes as no surprise then that Jason’s named his latest studio album after the international smash, which just dropped today, April 15. The album also includes his wedding bell-ready “Marry Me” and “The Other Side,” as well as his duet with GF Jordin Sparks, “Vertigo.”
To celebrate this special day, we’re giving away five SIGNED copies of Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty. You want to win? Why, of course you do! Find out how on the other side. More »
There’s no denying the fact that Pharrell Williams‘ chart-topping smash hit “Happy” has brought joy to millions of people worldwide, and become something of a musical movement. But when Oprah Winfrey presented the in-demand singer-songwriter-producer with a montage clip of “Happy” tributes from around the globe on Sunday’s Oprah Prime, Williams broke down into tears, leaving Winfrey to well up herself and reach for the Kleenex.
“Why am I crying on Oprah,” Pharrell said when he finally gained his composure. Winfrey’s response: “You know, it’s being used for something that’s greater than yourself. I get that.” More »
Pop fanatics, Cody Simpson is 17 now, which means the Aussie heartthrob will make not-so-subtle lyrical euphemisms about his penis being an elongated piece of athletic equipment whenever he damn well pleases. Take, for instance, his new single, “Surfboard.” Sure, Cody might be lifting a page right out of the Beyonce playbook when it comes to referring to sex in song, but why not strike while the long, sleek iron is hot an bothered?
In the music video, Cody makes his play for getting his girl (in this case, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Gigi Hadid) to sit up on his big wooden board while some other ladies bump in grind in a pool of water. It’s okay, though — Hadid and Simpson are a real-life couple. So go ahead and ride it till the board breaks in two, kids. But, um, just don’t spring a leak. More »
So let’s get this straight: Avicii‘s debut album True was released less then seven months ago, but there’s already a remix album out called True: Avicii By Avicii, where — you guessed it — the Swedish EDM wunderkind himself remixes all his own tunes. On top of that, True single “You Make Me” already has a music video, but now there’s a new video for the remixed version. And even thought it is a remix, the track runs less than 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
Got all that? Yes? No? Either way, watch the video above for (the second version of ) “You Make Me,” where some guy goes on dates with a dozen different women before meeting “the one.” Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. More »
Fresh off her seven-night stand to close out NYC’s legendary Roseland Ballroom, Lady Gaga has been announced as a headliner at this summer’s AIA Real Life: Now Festival in Seoul, South Korea. She’ll top the bill on the second of two nights, in a move that makes sense considering Mother Monster’s interest in K-Pop, the genre’s influence on ARTPOP and the fact that she enlisted Korea’s Crayon Pop as her opener on the ARTPOP Ball tour.
Other headliners announced include PSY, 2NE1 and Winner. And we would go bananas if Gaga collaborated live with 2NE1 or even PSY, to be honest. More »
If you thought Charlie Wilson‘s soaring, soulful vocals on Kanye West‘s 2013 juggernaut “Bound 2″ sounded positively uplifting, wait till you hear them slapped atop a drum and bass beat with an electronic accompaniment. London dance duo Sigma initially remixed “Bound 2″ and offered it up as a free download earlier this year. Three months, some local radio airplay and a professional recording session later, their rendition, “Nobody To Love,” now has a colorful music video (featuring two beautiful women frolicking in the Cape Town sun) and is currently the #1 single in the UK.
“Nobody To Love” is just latest retro-sounding dance tune to top the British chart, following Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be,” Route 94‘s “My Love” and Duke Dumont‘s “I Got U” — and the streak looks set to continue, as Kiesza‘s own ’90s house throwback, “Hideaway,” is already #1 on UK iTunes following its release this past Sunday. More »
After delays due to a certain someone‘s ongoing legal troubles/perpetual spiral of insufferable behavior, Ariana Grande and Chris Brown‘s “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” had been delayed. But not for too long, it seems. While Breezy is currently behind bars awaiting trial stemming from assault charges, his camp released a video preview of the duet.
The visual shows a backlit Breezy dancing to the song’s robo-pop beat, and the only vocals come in on the chorus, with Ariana and Chris singing, “Don’t be gone too long, tell me who’s gonna love me when you’re gone?”
Still no word on when the song will be released. Brown’s album X is scheduled for a May 5 release, but we’ll hold off until May 5 before making a final call on that. Check it out below. More »
Pharrell was just on SNL to kinda sing a pair of G I R L songs while a backing track did the heavy lifting, but he returned to Ellen Monday (April 14) to perform “Come Get It Bae,” and this time the live vocals were up in the mix and he proved he could hit that brittle falsetto.
Wearing the trademark hat and a goofy letter jacket, and flanked by a few female dancers on platforms, Skateboard P continued his reign of terror — we’re kidding, no matter how ubiquitous this guy is getting, it’s impossible to get bitter. He earned it after reshaping aughts pop, and, plus, he’s just so damn happy all the time.
Check it out up top. More »