Eminem and 50 Cent star in the new, 66-track mixtape Shady Classics. This quick-cutting compilation by DJ Whoo Kid (formerly 50 Cent’s touring DJ, now Shade 45 personality) is of fan favorites from throughout the label’s 15-year history, and these songs are dizzying, vulgar reminders of just how much has changed since Shady Records was formed.
In some songs, Eminem seems to be testing out flows and subject matter – in particular, America’s lazy parenting – that would be fine-tuned for The Eminem Show. At one point, he actually shouts out Tower Records as he boasts of picking up the new Cypress Hill. And in “We All Die One Day,” he picks on rumored ex Mariah Carey while lyrically referencing Ricky Martin‘s “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”
Shady Classics arrives just two days before Eminem releases the two-disc Shady XV, which features 12 new tracks (including his Sia-featuring “Guts Over Fear”) and greatest hits like 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” Hear the career-spanning mixtape, as premiered by Hot New Hip Hop, below. More »
For the fourth year in a row, the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For The Holidays charity show will be staged at New York’s Beacon Theatre (this time around on Saturday, December 6). Rosie O’Donnell will co-host once again, along with Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox. Each year, Home For The Holidays is staged to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness, and proceeds support Lauper’s True Colors Fund’s work to address the problem.
On the roster for joining Cyndi at the Beacon Theatre in December are 50 Cent, Natalie Maines, Patty Griffin, Salt-N-Pepa, Sufjan Stevens, Emily West, STRFKR, Liv Warfield and Today Show hostess Hoda Kotb. More »
For seven years, Chelsea Handler
‘s crass, ballsy humor
brought an air of uniqueness to late night TV
— she was, after all, a female in an otherwise male-dominated arena. Alas, her series, Chelsea Lately
, came to an end last night (August 27) in a star-filled night that saw Ellen DeGeneres
confronting a nude Handler in the shower, the trio of Sandra Bullock
, Jennifer Aniston
and Mary McCormack
staging an intervention of sorts with the hostess, Chelsea’s ex 50 Cent
performing with G-Unit
and Miley Cyrus
covering Roy Orbison
‘s “It’s Over.”
For the big finale, multiple past guests of the show and friends of Handler’s — including Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Dave Grohl, Alanis Morissette, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes and Avril Lavigne — joined her in riffing on “We Are The World” with the farewell song “Goodbye To E!” More »
‘s annual OVO Fest
is essentially one massive surprise party — and last night’s set was certainly no exception.
Like last year‘s show, Drake brought out a multitude of special guests during his headlining set last night at the Molson Amiptheater in Toronto, including Usher, Lauryn Hill,Trey Songz, YG, DJ Khaled, PartyNextDoor, and even our girl Tinashe, who came out to get “2 On” with Drizzy.
Before each act, Drake supplied glowing praise for each of his superstar guests. “I want to bring people to you that changed all of our lives and shaped my career,” he hyped before introducing 50 Cent. “This is probably going to be one of the best moments in OVO Fest history,” he gushed before Usher arrived to the stage to croon “Climax.” As an added bonus, Drake even hopped back out for a quick dance battle with the Confessions king!
Watch some of the highlights from OVO Fest after the jump, including the Drizzy-Ursher dance-off. More »
thinks we should stop worrying about sexy pop stars like Rihanna
. “I don’t see a female without clothing as a terrible influence,” she said in a recent interview. “There are worse things. Shooting people.” Good point. [Gossip Cop
:: They certainly have an affinity with grass. The boys of One Direction popped up at Wimbledon and politely watched a couple of tennis matches. Looks like a fun day out! [Digital Spy]
:: Daft Punk is the subject of a new documentary. There is no word as to what the film will cover but it promises to delve deeper into the men beneath the helmets. Sounds like a blockbuster. [Spin]
:: This sounds a little dubious. In Ja Rule‘s new autobiography he claims that he once hit 50 Cent with a baseball bat and, here’s the kicker, with a crutch. There’s a lot of bad blood between the former rivals but this is a little bit far-fetched. [MTV]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
kicks some excitement into the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 this week — and unseats Coldplay
‘s Ghost Stories
from the top spot in the process — by debuting at #1 with her fifth album Platinum
. The LP, which was preceded by the single “Automatic,” sold 179,000 copies in its first week. Coldplay, in the meantime, fall four spots to #5 after moving another 46,000 copies of Ghost Stories
. (That brings the British band’s latest up to a total of 512,000 sold in three weeks.)
Other activity within the Top 10 this week: 50 Cent goes in at #4 with fifth LP Animal Ambition (47,000), while the reissued versions of Led Zeppelin‘s Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III re-enter the main album chart at #7, #9 and #10, respectively. Also, the Frozen soundtrack moves back up to #2, while the Fault In Our Stars soundtrack, which contains tracks like Ed Sheeran‘s “All Of The Stars” and Charli XCX‘s “Boom Clap,” hops 10 positions to #8 following the film’s $48 million opening over the weekend.
See how the rest of the Top 10 played out below. More »
surprised Hot 97′s Summer Jam crowd
when he brought out his crew G-Unit to the stage, since fans thought the rapper-turned-mogul
cut ties from it entirely. Turns out, that performance was just the beginning of a productive year. G-Unit (also including Lloyd Banks
, Tony Yayo
and Young Buck
) will release a new album in late November, the crew’s first new music in six years.
50 Cent had stopped by Good Day Philadelphia to tell the news, just one day after he released his comeback album Animal Ambition. Based on how the chat went, the (very) advance notice is probably necessary: 50 was also there to promote his new Starz series, Power. The morning talk show’s hosts were still reeling over his first pitch, which was actually found to be the worst ever. And, thanks in part to Sharon Osbourne (50 explains), they were also still debating over how to say his rap moniker. (He handles that well.)
As a result, the G-Unit album news seemed to barely register. Catch it, if you can, in the Good Day interview after the jump. More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers! As the weather becomes progressively warmer, and we begin to make the full plunge into Summer ‘14, things are seemingly also beginning to heat up in the world of pop.
This week kicked off on a bit of #scandalous note for our friends across the pond, as One Direction heartthrobs Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik were allegedly caught smoking pot. What’s more, Sheezus singer Lily Allen filmed herself dancing topless in granny panties to Drake’s “Started From The Bottom,” and new pop prodigy Sam Smith revealed that his highly anticipated debut album, In The Lonely Hour, is about his unrequited love for another man.
And it wouldn’t be a week in pop without a slew of new releases: R&B starlet Jhene Aiko reintroduced a new, solo version of “Stay Ready (What A Life) ” as well as went on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and gave a super sultry performance of hit single “The Worst.” Former Pussycat Dolls ringleader Nicole Scherzinger released a new house-influenced single “You Love,” while British synth-pop songstress La Roux also dropped her official single, “Uptight Downtown” from her upcoming sophomore attempt, Trouble In Paradise.
Here on Idolator, we premiered an exclusive new track, “Thanks For Nothing,” by pop newcomer Brandyn Burnette, and, most importantly, we enjoyed the soothing sounds of Queen of Pop Mariah Carey’s Top 5 High Notes in just one minute.
As always, you guys had plenty to say. Read the week’s best comments below! More »
The universe is pretty much crying foul after viewing 50 Cent
‘s opening pitch last night in Queens during the New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game. To be fair, he only tossed the ball about half a mile wide of the range it needed to be in. But as the PIX 11 announcer says in the clip above, it’s good Fiddy never had the choice between a career with the Mets or being a rapper.
Here’s hoping the “Funeral” MC’s upcoming youth-oriented Fox series Playground is a far better watch than this strike-out. More »