Last year, Becky G was selected as one of the openers for Katy Perry‘s massively successful Prismatic World Tour — and she caught the experience on camera.
In a new mini docu-series on her YouTube channel (Behind the B), Becky is bringing us back to the moment when the tour touched down in Mexico. “The crowd is just so, so much louder than the United States,” she explains to us, alternating between Spanish and English to properly explain the love she’s feeling from the Latino community. “It’s nice because they’re receiving me…como soy familia,” she says, beaming with pride. More »
Kid Cudi is earning points left and right from the LGBT community today.
The talented artist plays the part of a gay man in the upcoming film James White, a drama based on the life of a twenty-something played by Christopher Abbott dealing with personal turmoil that premiered over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. (Not only that, he also scored the film.)
In an interview with Billboard on the red carpet before the film’s premiere, the Satellite Flight rapper discussed his intention behind taking on the role, and what it meant in a larger sense than just the film: “I felt like I had a responsibility to present a different walk in life from that world.” Read on to see what else he had to say. More »
Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney‘s (that’s the official billing) “FourFiveSeconds” had a blockbuster first day on pop radio. The star-studded collaboration, which arrived with no forewarning on Saturday (January 24), has already been played 1308 times for an audience impression of 11.226 million — making it the 35th most played song on the format. Expect the looming smash to climb much, much higher by the end of the week.
It’s a good sign for RiRi’s polarizing new single, which left much of the Navy ready to jump ship. The stripped-back duet — Sir. Paul accompanies Rihanna and Yeezy on piano — is a huge change of pace for the queen of club-bangers, but radio obviously loves it and the faithful are still prepared to hand over their coins. “FourFiveSeconds” is already number two on the iTunes download chart, blocked only by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ enduring smash “Uptown Funk.” Welcome back. More »
Well, aren’t we lucky! As a thank-you for helping her reaching 25 million followers on Instagram, Kim Kardashian has treated fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the Balmain campaign with husband Kanye West. The polaroid photos show a more toned-down side to the often glamorous couple, as Kim gets fitted by designer Olivier Rousting.
It is refreshing to see them so laidback, with Yeezy cracking a smile and the Keeping Up starlet poking fun at her curves — she captured a photo with “We were making it fit! #DamnSampleSize #BalmainArmy.”
View the behind the scenes shots in the gallery above! More »
Big Sean is gearing up for a major music takeover, as he is prepping for the release of his third studio album — Dark Day Paradise. He revealed the LP title via social media last night, and now he graces the February/March issue of Complex. Inside the issue, the Detroit native touches on various topics: his new record, goals of starting a record label, ex-girlfriend Naya Rivera and his new lady Ariana Grande.
The magazine states that “Sean feels his third album, about his recent highs and lows, is his most personal yet, but admits that he’s still trying to find his sound.” The rapper cites producer Key Wane as crucial for the record’s sound.
“We started as friends. I’d never done that. Usually you meet a girl and then start dating. We always saw each other in the studio, and we’d talk about songs we were working on,” Sean Don says about Grande. “It was cool to have a girl that I could talk to about my problems. I did that with her. It’s not some fake-ass, inauthentic shit when I say we were friends. This is something special and I appreciate every moment of it.” View the Complex cover in its entirety after the jump. More »
Sam Smith is having a rough start to 2015. The Brit broke up with boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel last week and was recently forced to hand over 12.5% of his “Stay With Me” royalties to Tom Petty due to “notable similarities” with the singer/songwriter’s 1989 single “I Won’t Back Down.” Oh, and he was also called “an ugly motherfucker” by Howard Stern over the weekend. “You know what I like about the guy?” the shock jock asked listeners. “He’s an ugly motherfucker. He’s fat, I love it.”
Instead of asking Lady Gaga for a ride in the Born Brave Bus (a safe place for victims of bullying), Sam decided to rise above it. “I can’t believe what I’ve just read,” he tweeted. That was followed by: “Ignore.” Today (January 26), the multiple Grammy nominee has carried on as usual — posting his usual mix of selfies and song lyrics on Instagram. He also shared a shirtless pic, perhaps to refute Stern’s unflattering assessment of his appearance. See the full pic and tweets after the jump. More »
Earlier this month, Adidas revealed that Pharrell, David Beckham, Damian Lillard and Rita Ora were the stars for their new Adidas Originals’ Superstar shoe design — thanks to this glittery, black + white commercial. Now, the UK songstress is taking us behind the scenes of her latest shoot for the company!
In the pictures, Ora shows off her rock-hard abs while donning a printed tracksuit (it’s a part of her new collection with Adidas) and voluminous bleach-blond hair. In the accompanying video, she speaks about the creative process that goes behind designing the clothes.
View the gallery up top, and catch the Adidas behind-the-scenes clip after the jump! More »
If TLC and Shayne Ward have proved anything in recent weeks, it’s that sidestepping the major labels and utilizing online funding platforms might just be the fastest and easiest way to go when making a pop album that stays true to the artist’s own vision.
Iconic R&B girl group TLC only just announced that they’d be using Kickstarter to fund their upcoming final LP, and within two days their monetary goal had been met thanks to money handed over by their fans…including Katy Perry! (Read our interview with the ladies here.) More »
The 87th annual Academy Awards is shaping up to be an interesting one, due to its announcement of unexpected performers. Thanks to Diane Warren, we’re aware that Rita Ora will be singing at the ceremony — most likely the Oscar-nominated “Grateful” from Beyond The Lights. Now, you can add Adam Levine to the lineup!
The Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach revealed the news on Twitter, stating: “So…I’ll be singing at the #OSCARS!!! Whaaaat??!?!? Thank you @theAcademy! #LostStars.” It’s safe to say that he’s pretty excited. Levine will perform “Lost Stars,” which is from the Begin Again soundtrack. John Legend and Common‘s “Glory” tune from Selma is also up for a nomination, so it’s possible the duo will perform as well. View the tweet after the jump! More »
KatyCat fever is in full force at the moment.
With Katy Perry‘s highly anticipated 2015 Super Bowl halftime show performance mere days away at this point, all eyes are now on the “Teenage Dream” princess to provide what will surely be a non-stop medley of some of the singer’s biggest pop hits. (And, of course, surely some surprises along the way too. And Lenny Kravitz!)
But before all that goes down, we’re taking a look back at the milestones of Miss Perry, including her three studio albums: 2008′s One Of The Boys, 2010′s Teenage Dream and 2013′s Prism. Earlier, we reviewed each album as part of our Pop Report Card series. But now, we want you to decide: Which album is her very best of all? Place your vote down below. More »