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:: Jessie J and Betty Who are set to perform at this year’s NewNowNext Awards — Logo TV’s annual awards show. Joe Jonas will also provide his DJ talents at the ceremony, which airs on the network live from Miami on December 7 and December 12 on MTV. [MTV]
:: One Direction‘s Zayn Malik is not happy with Matt Lauer! During the band’s recent appearance on the Today show, the host asked the members if Malik’s no-show was due to substance abuse problems. The singer responded, saying “I’m really angry and upset by what was said. I was really ill at the weekend, that’s why I couldn’t fly to America.” [Celebuzz]
:: Taylor Swift is always super nice to her fans, and the singer is now playing Santa! She has been sending early Christmas presents to some lucky members of her fanbase, which are personalized with handwritten notes. How sweet! [MTV]
:: Looks like Lorde and Diplo have ended their beef (if they were actually bickering in the first place). The producer/DJ wrote to the Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack curator on Twitter, asking if she’ll go to the Los Angeles film premiere. [MTV]
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The 2014 American Music Awards just keeps getting bigger and bigger! The ceremony has now added Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne to the crazily extensive performance lineup. Minaj is set to perform her latest tune “Bed Of Lies,” while her YMCMB counterpart will debut his new Tha Carter V single “Start A Fire.” But here’s the interesting part: the rapper will be joined by Christina Milian, who is rumored to be dating Weezy and is also signed to Young Money.
Along with the two rappers, acts like Selena Gomez, Lorde, Fergie, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift and a handful of others will grace the stage. Pitbull will both perform and host the ceremony. The 2014 AMAs will air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, on November 23 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. View the entire list here. More »
Lana Del Rey (a.k.a. the reigning queen of film soundtracks) will provide two songs for Tim Burton‘s upcoming project, Big Eyes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer co-wrote and sung the title track and “I Can Fly.” Larry Karaszewski, one of the film’s producers, said this about the brooding “Shades Of Cool” diva: “Women in particular seem to get the movie, and Lana really got the movie. The whole thing is about a woman who can’t find her voice. Lana’s song expresses what Margaret is feeling so perfectly, it’s like a soliloquy of her inner thoughts.”
The Margaret he is referring to is Margaret Keane, an iconic American artist whose big-eyed paintings of children in the ’50s and ’60s were falsely credited to her husband Walter. THR also reports that it is possible one of Del Rey’s tracks could lead to an Oscar nomination. Well, let’s hope they are correct! No one wants a repeat of the unfair (and propaganda related) snub that happened with The Great Gatsby‘s “Young & Beautiful” in 2013. More »
When it was announced that Lorde would be curating the soundtrack for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, it seemed to be a perfect fit. The Pure Heroine singer and the film’s main character, Katniss Everdeen, are both a little dark, mature for their ages and very confident. Once the album’s guest artists were revealed, the OST became quite anticipated — and it has proven itself to be an awesome record.
From the mega-tracks like the Stromae/Pusha T/HAIM/Q-Tip/Lorde feature on “Meltdown,” Charli XCX‘s showing her delicate side on “Kingdom” and Lorde’s haunting “Yellow Flicker Beat,” the Mockingjay soundtrack is incredibly versatile while remaining true to the movie’s plot. But did the soundtrack appease the music critics? Read on after the jump to see what they all had to say! More »
“Wrecking Ball” pop starlet-turned-full-time Instagram collage artist Miley Cyrus has certainly had a busy 2014, from creating strange, colorful #ARTPOP arts and crafts to mastering the art of terrifying selfies. And those Instaglamorous creative juices aren’t running low anytime soon!
In the past week, Miley — like the rest of us — has been subjected to Kim Kardashian‘s Internet-breaking butt on Paper Magazine. And so, she decided to inject herself into the equation! Last week, she added her goofball awkward child face to the original Kim K. shot (uncomfortable but hilarious!), and this week, she’s carefully ‘shopped the much-buzzed about pair of buttocks onto one of her Terry Richardson-shot #Bangerz promo photos. Of course, what would Art be if not an expression of imagination to be enjoyed and experienced by the masses? Check out Miley’s full conversion into a Mileydashian after the jump. More »
Mary J. Blige shows her more vulnerable side on the latest The London Sessions cut, “Not Loving You.” Co-written alongside Sam Smith and Jason Napier, the singer pours her heart out on the minimal yet emotive piano-led ballad. The subtle production allows for the R&B diva’s strong vocals to be at the forefront.
Blige is gearing up to perform at this year’s American Music Awards on November 23, and will sing at the first annual A Very Grammy Christmas. The London Sessions (out on December 2), features songs like “Therapy,” “When You’re Gone,” “Nobody But You” and “Whole Damn Year.” Take a listen after the jump! More »
With her forthcoming LP The Pinkprint dropping next month, Nicki Minaj is stepping her promo game up! The rapper’s latest venture is starring on the cover of Complex magazine’s December 2014/January 2015 issue. In the editorial spread, the diva shows off her modelesque poses as she rocks some killer, futuristic outfits — complete with metal-plated bras and skyscraper heels.
The Pinkprint drops on December 15, and features tracks like “Bed Of Lies,” “Only” and “Pills N Potions.” View Nicki Minaj’s Complex photos in the gallery up top, and read some of her interview highlights after the jump! More »
Pusha T has been laying low over the past few months, but now the rapper has dropped a new track out of nowhere — “Lunch Money.” Produced by fellow G.O.O.D. Music labelmate and frequent collaborator Kanye West, the track has a weirdly bubbling, underwater sound that is laid underneath Pusha’s always-menacing flow: “This is crime by design / If the crown ain’t mine, tell me who am I behind?”
Pusha T’s debut LP My Name Is My Name was released in October 2013, and he’s been busy in the studio with Pharrell recording a follow-up. The rapper is recently featured on the mega-track “Meltdown” off the Lorde-curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack (released on November 17). Take a listen to “Lunch Money” after the jump! More »
Today sees the re-release of Clean Bandit‘s debut album New Eyes, and with it comes three new-ish songs from the British classical/house quartet. First up is “Real Love,” a new collaboration (and Clean Bandit’s current single) with “Rather Be” singer Jess Glynne. Another new track called “Stronger” has been added to the album, as has a cover of Robin S‘s 1993 smash “Show Me Love” — which, if you caught Clean Bandit on their recent North American tour, you saw them play live.
Elisabeth Troy, who features on New Eyes track “Heart On Fire” and has filled in for Glynne during live performances, takes on vocal duty for the “Show Me Love” cover. Give it a listen below, where you can also catch Clean Bandit’s spring 2015 US tour dates. More »
Get your bank accounts prepped! Azealia Banks has announced a major contest, where she’ll be giving away $10,000 for the best remix to her “Chasing Time” single. The loud spoken entertainer partnered with MTV, Soundcloud and BitTorrent for the competition, where both fans and producers can upload their own versions of the track on Soundcloud — and some are already up!
The stems of the track is ready to download on BitTorrent, with the deadline for the remixes being on December 15. “Chasing Time” is the first official single off Banks’ debut LP Broke With Expensive Taste, which was finally released on November 6. More »