Mike WiLL Made It
recently spoke to Rolling Stone
about his much hyped debut LP Est. In 1989 Pt. 3 (The Album)
and revealed his wish list of collaborators. It’s no surprise that the hip-hop producer wants to team up with Miley Cyrus
again after the massive success of “23″
but the inclusion of Adele
and Lady Gaga
will raise some eyebrows.
“I want to work with Miley again,” the part-time MC explained. “I want to have Future on there, even people like Adele and R. Kelly and Lady Gaga. I want to come with different things from my album.” Given his current status as one of urban music’s hottest producers, it might just happen.
But when can we expect to hear this opus? “I don’t want to put out my album unless it’s a moment like when Dr. Dre dropped The Chronic,” Mike told the music bible. “People have been recording mixtapes off of Dre’s instrumentals and I want to do the same thing and make sure it’s a moment in time. I want to make sure my album’s perfect and that when it comes out it’s a moment.” More »
sat down with AXS TV Tuesday (November 19) to talk about his forthcoming album Blacc Hollywood
, and shed some light on how his collaboration with Adele
came about. Turns out it was all thanks to that whole “motherly connection” thing after his then-fiancee Amber Rose
, who was pregnant at the time, bumped into Adele at the Grammys in February.
“We seen each other at the Grammys. She ran up on Amber. She was like, ‘Amber! Amber!’ And told her how beautiful she looked,” Wiz told AXS. “Her people contacted some of my people when they found out that we were working on the album and sent some ideas through, so we were able to knock some things out.”
Unfortunately, that’s all he revealed about their collab (and he didn’t address the status of that Miley Cyrus feature). But while there has yet to be an official announcement that Adele will appear on his O.N.I.F.C. follow-up, we can’t imagine a song with the British goddess would ever fail to make the album cut. Your move, Pusha T.
Watch Wiz’s interview clip below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Chris Brown recently talked of how he spent his summer: finishing his new album X, dealing with paparazzi and reckoning with what he calls “the Rihanna incident.” However, the new Q&A has raised eyebrows mostly because he says that he lost his virginity at age 8. (“It’s different in the country,” he says of his Tappahannock, Va., childhood.) [The Guardian]
:: Lady Gaga will reveal her ARTPOP cover art later today (October 7) via iHeartRadio. The person responsible is Jeff Koons, once named “the most successful artist since Andy Warhol,” and a hint of what’s to come looks rather familiar. [Twitter]
:: Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Adele made Variety‘s new Women’s Impact List, of those who “innovated in business, pushed boundaries and grabbed headlines over the past year.” Fun fact from the list: Adele made the cut with just one public performance. [Variety]
:: This weekend, in #respect: Joe Jonas quoted Lorde‘s “Royals” to critique her own, misguided comments regarding Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. Reminder: Lorde has already apologized, sorta. [Twitter]
:: Speaking of queens, though: Eminem was reportedly present to watch his daughter, Hailie Scott, be crowned homecoming queen this weekend. “[H]er father watched from inside the school because he didn’t want to cause a scene — he wanted Hailie to have her own moment,” one parent said. [The Macomb Daily]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Well! Ryan Tedder
, he of OneRepublic
demi-celebrity and writing all the biggest songs for all your favorite people (“Halo” by Beyonce
, anyone?) has been hard at work on some big albums for some people whose names you might know (Beyonce
, so no big deal) and he’s spilling the beans in a new interview with The Herald Sun
, where he revealed nothing of great
significance but probably “built hype,” which should make everyone happy. (Basically, there’s nothing here that anyone’s publicist is going to get upset about — it’s all good news.)
On the subject of Adele, for whom he penned “Turning Tables” off her bajillion-times-platinum 21: “[She] sounds even better than before,” he said. “I love where she’s at, she’s still my favourite artist in the world. I would press pause on my entire life if it meant I could go into the studio for a month straight with her.” I would too, Ryan. I would too. More »
In a year dominated by massive, game-changing hip-hop albums (think Kanye West
‘s experimental Yeezus
and Jay Z
‘s pioneering Magna Carta Holy Grail
), the pressure to stand out from the crowd must be almost unbearable. Wiz Khalifa
, however, might have found a way to do just that by calling on two of pop’s hottest ladies to feature on his forthcoming LP Blacc Hollywood
Wiz told Fuse News that he has already recorded songs with Miley Cyrus and Adele but hasn’t got permission to release them yet. “I got a lot of guest appearances that I’ve already done, but none of them have been cleared for the album yet,” the rapper admits. The ambitious Taylor Gang chief is also eyeing a collaboration with Lady Gaga.
“I want to do something with Lady Gaga really bad,” he told Fuse. “Lady Gaga/Wiz Khalifa — we need to make that happen.” More »
Hip hop has always been a musically competitive sport, with rappers going head-to-head in battles ever since the genre’s birth in the late ’70s. The best diss songs have sparked the most fueled beefs in rap history (Tupac
, Jay Z
, Nicki Minaj vs. Lil’ Kim
, etc.), but the light is rarely shed on other music genres. It turns out that some of our favorite pop stars know a thing or two about taking lyrical shots at other artists.
The tune that started it all was John Lennon‘s infamously brutal “How Do You Sleep?” in 1971, which was geared towards former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney. Later, in the 1990s, Alanis Morrisette brought back the diss track theme with her gritty signature song that was made for Full House‘s Dave Coulier, “You Oughta Know.” Since then, pop music has had its fair share of musical battles . Get into the beef below!
Grammys, diamond certifications and a legion of fans — all of that pales in comparison to Adele
‘s latest achievement. Yes, the “Skyfall”
singer has been immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds in London alongside pop legends like Kylie Minogue
and Tom Jones
. Her wax figure was unveiled earlier today (July 3) and the resemblance is uncanny. When the guy she penned “Someone Like You”
about wakes up to himself and realizes what he’s missing, the poor sod can always catch a bus to the museum and take a happy snap with a lump of plastic. More »
HBO’s Behind the Candelabra
, Steven Soderbergh
’s highly anticipated biopic on Liberace
, debuted this past weekend to much critical fanfare, with many critics praising Soderbergh for approaching his subject with a modicum of humanity (as opposed to mean-spirited camp). Although Liberace never openly pined to be taken seriously, we think he’d appreciate the film’s attempt to go behind the caricature and laud him for his ivory-tickling talents. Not to mention his other talents, demonstrated mostly on lover Scott Thorson, played by Matt Damon
In the spirit of reviving all things Lee, we’ve compiled this playlist of piano-packing pop stars, all of whom — whether they want to admit it in their cool little hearts or not — owe a debt of gratitude to the first man to make pianos hip since Tchaikovsky. Well, may “hip” isn’t the right word for the rhinestone encrusted, old-lady-arousing Lee…. perhaps we should say, Leee-gorgeous! More »
Memorial Day is sort of about remembrance, but mostly about getting an extra day of avoiding work or school which you probably won’t remember. And since this year it falls so close to the release of Daft Punk
‘s Random Access Memories
, we decided to throw together a Memorial Day 2013 playlist comprising some of our favorite memory-themed songs.
There’s something for everyone here: 80s classics, past legends like Michael Jackson and David Bowie, current legends like Jay-Z and Madonna, pop queens like Demi Lovato and Adele. So fire up the grill (can we finally say warm weather is here to stay?) and fire up the below 25-track playlist to cap off your three-day weekend. More »
Did You Hear?
:: A new poll of US citizens found that a majority of us just plain do not like Justin Bieber (54% unfavorability rating, 20% likablity). Same goes for Chris Brown (shocker!), who scored a whopping 57% on the unfavorable scale. The best-scoring pop star was Adele with 54% favorability, which begs the question, who are the unfeeling psychopaths responsible for the remaining 46%? [NME]
:: The lovely Solange has launched her own label, Saint Records. It’ll be distributed through Sony and she’ll put her forthcoming album out on it. [Billboard]
:: Maroon 5 are heading on tour with Kelly Clarkson this summer, and frontman Adam Levine says it will be unlike any other M5 trek. Levine told Ryan Seacrest, “I think the scene of this tour is going to be hip hop … we’re working in some amazing things that I don’t want to talk about.” So, get ready for whatever that means! [RyanSeacrest.com]
:: Gucci Mane has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault charges. The rapper allegedly struck a man in the head with a bottle at an Atlanta nightclub in March, and was in jail for three weeks before being released on bond earlier this month. [TMZ]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can catch on TV today. More »