Fans of Kanye West have had an embarrassment of riches this year with Yeezus, the tour and his unexpected return to the spotlight via a relentless interview cycle. But, from the way he’s been talking about “product” and fashion and building his cultural empire in said interviews, it has often seemed like West is bored with music and ready to leave it behind altogether for other ventures. Luckily, that’s not happening just yet! In a recent interview, his pal Q-Tip said he and Yeezus guru Rick Rubin are producing West’s next album. “‘I’m producing Kanye’s new album with Rick Rubin…that’s coming up,” the Tribe Called Quest legend said in an interview at Life + Times.
Last week, Ye himself said he had already begun working on his Yeezus follow-up, and is aiming for a summer 2014 release. This is in addition to the fact that a few songs scrapped from Yeezus are just sitting around West’s lair. The Q-Tip news is particularly exciting — he did production work on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Watch The Throne, but since signing to G.O.O.D. Music in 2012, he has been relatively quiet. While fans are eager for Tip to release solo material on G.O.O.D., an EP credit on a Ye album is a fine second option. More »
“It only takes one to win,” says Blake Shelton of his one-man team going into Tuesday night’s elimination on The Voice. Though just a tad insensitive to Cee Lo’s team of zero, it sets a fighting tone for the battle against Adam Levine and his team of three and Christina Aguilera and her team of two.
While the competitive spirit was alive and well on Tuesday’s show, so was a whole lot of the Christmas spirit. With some holiday-themed performances, not to mention the super-festive leather Renaissance festival top decking Cee Lo’s halls, it was hard not to feel the miracle of the season in the air. Or was that residual fog machine and lasers from Monday night’s show? No matter! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Prince will headline the 2014 Essence Festival in New Orleans. The event takes place on the July 4 weekend next year and will, no doubt, be an extremely hot ticket. [Hip Hop N More]
:: Talk about the Christmas gift that keeps on giving. Mac Miller will release a live album called Live From Space on December 17. It will also feature five new tracks. [Rap Radar]
:: Michael Buble‘s new video is animated. “You Make Me Feel So Young” finds the crooner lost in a cartoon. He strolls the streets and sings while suspended on a crane. Play it for your mom. [YouTube]
:: Hopefully something was lost in translation when Britney Spears likened her gay fans to girls. I’m sure she meant well. [Huffington Post]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
New music from Alicia Keys is long overdue. Well, it hasn’t really been that long but my ears are already going through withdrawals. If you feel the same way, take heart. A new cover of PM Dawn‘s 1992 hit “Die Without You” surfaced online today (December 3) and it’s every bit as soulful and gorgeous as you would expect from an AK piano ballad.
Taken from The Vault sessions, the simple demo sounds unfinished but that somehow only adds to its charm. “Oh I apologize for all the things I’ve done, now I’m underwater and I’m drowning,” she painfully croons before admitting: “inside I’d die with you.” Listen after the jump. More »
Beyonce continues to win hearts by using her celebrity to raise money for charitable causes. In North America, the superstar has partnered with Goodwill to help finance job centers for people with a disability. In Australia, she joined forces with Barnados — an organization providing children’s services and support.
Mrs. Carter uploaded a video today (December 3) showcasing the charity’s good work and an unexpected meet and greet she sprang on a group of disadvantaged children that lovingly recreated her “Love On Top” video. It’s heartwarming to see the impact Beyonce’s #BeyGood initiative is having in people’s lives. Watch up top. More »
In a previous post I joked that Lady Gaga has shown us all there is to see during the ARTPOP era — with one obvious exception. Well, Mother Monster crosses that line too on the eye-popping cover of Candy magazine and my eyes will never be the same again.
The full frontal nude image depicts the pop icon wearing nothing but a fur coat, which she leaves open. It’s all very artistic. The black-and-white photography combined with Gaga’s moustache and large breast tattoo scream German cabaret but the star of the show is definitely the diva’s unpruned pubic area. More »
“Royals” may still be ubiquitous, but Lorde is shifting her focus onto new single “Team,” which is good because “Royals” has grown exhausting and “Team” still sounds nice and fresh — so the release of her “Team” video feels fortuitously timed.
But what does it all mean, in this video? It’s not entirely clear! The clip, which was shot in Red Hook, Brooklyn, has some vaguely sinister sequences involving teens in a kind of enclave with Lorde, and there’s a lot of water imagery and some palm fronds, and that’s probably all you really need to know. More »
Mary J. Blige is already bringing festive cheer to homes across America with her amazingly-titled seasonal album A Mary Christmas but ups the ante with suitably nostalgic video for “My Favorite Things” — The Sound Of Music standard also featured on Kelly Clarkson‘s Wrapped In Red.
So what are Mary’s favorite things? It would seem that Christmas decorations, presents, white dresses and lounging around in comfortable armchairs would be high on her list from this visual. It’s chic and simple and features the R&B icon wearing a shiny silver bauble on her head. What more do you need? Watch up top. More »
DJ Earworm‘s annual “United State Of Pop” mash-up single has become a holiday staple, and this year the producer unveiled the song a little early: Seamlessly blending samples from the 25 biggest songs of the year, it’s the “Royals” meets “Wrecking Ball” meets “Blurred Lines” supercut you never knew you needed.
“It’s a little darker-themed, I think,” he explained in an interview with Billboard. “The ballads seem to be a lot more present than they have been in many years, and the dance music is having less strong of a pull.” More »
Britney Spears‘ eighth album Britney Jean hits stores today, and the star has been doing a little bit of promo — just a little bit, certainly no performances or anything so brazen as that — but a quick little interview on Ellen? Sure! That’s not unreasonable.
So indeed, Spears stopped by Ellen today to talk about some deeply important things, like her songwriting process (it’s therapeutic!) and how her kids aren’t allowed to say “bitch,” even though it was in the title of her most recent single. Good, good. More »