Pharrell kicked off and closed CBS Radio’s “We Can Survive” concert, held October 24 at the Hollywood Bowl. As an unofficial host of sorts (the real host was The Voice‘s Carson Daly), he took it upon himself to remind fans of the event’s cause, to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. “When we sing this next song, I want you to put your best efforts, your prayers, your energy into believing that we can beat this cancer,” he said.
Still, the event’s featured acts made sure to keep the mood light. Taylor Swift performed songs from her new (and soon-to-be-smash) album 1989. Surprise guest Jennifer Lopez stormed Iggy Azalea‘s set for their A.K.A. team-up “Booty.” (She even spanked the rapper’s booty in the process — oh my!) Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Lady Antebellum and Paramore brought their own respective hits, while to close the concert, Pharrell brought out comeback kid, noted collaborator and fellow Voice coach Gwen Stefani. More »
Madonna‘s upcoming album is rapidly becoming one big music industry group project: From Diplo to Avicii to Natalia Kills to Blood Diamonds, there’s seemingly no end to the amount of hands on the Queen Of Pop’s long-awaited MDNA follow-up. But why stop there?
One of the latest collaborators? The girl on fire herself, Miss Alicia Keys, confirmed last month after Madonna posted an Instagram (naturally!) giving the songstress a shout out. And now, Alicia’s starting to speak out about the collaboration.
In a new interview with Vibe, the talented R&B diva spilled on working on Madge’s latest, and how it all came to be: “It was good. I was in here doing a meeting or something and she was working with Diplo. They were like, “Oh, maybe you can play some piano on this thing.” And I was like, “Alright. I’ll try. If you hate it you can take it off.” It was just like that, casual and cool,” she explains. Casual and cool, indeed! More »
Did you hear?
:: We have been lied to people! After releasing the pop magic that was Kelis‘ 2003 single “Milkshake,” the singer reveals that she doesn’t even like the tasty dairy treat! She told this to a reporter after a recent performance in Berlin. It’s incredibly mind-blowing. [Digital Spy]
:: In weirder news, Drake added some new tattoos to his growing collection: the number 6 in honor of Toronto, a sweet quote…and a praying hand emoji? Don’t worry, we’re still confused too. [Vulture]
:: Lorde posted an adorable video on her Twitter page, showing a 12-year-old gifted with tickets to her concert. The tearful reaction is the cutest thing! [Twitter]
:: Urban Outfitters now holds the crown for being the biggest seller of vinyl records in the world. The popular clothing retailer has had many controversial moments, and this news will surely anger many local vinyl shop supports. [Stereogum]
:: Sting and Alicia Keys have been added to the star-studded Global Citizen Festival lineup, an annual charity event that will take place this Saturday (September 27) in NYC’s Central Park. Other artists set to perform include Jay Z, No Doubt, The Roots, and Carrie Underwood. [Rolling Stone]
:: In a new interview with our friends at VIBE, 50 Cent reveals how he dealt with the recent passing of his grandmother, his new SunDance TV show Dream School and denying rumors that he and Ciara are back together. [VIBE]
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Aretha Franklin is releasing her 39th studio LP on September 30. Wait… what? The news comes as a surprise because the queen of soul is kind of ‘doing a Beyonce‘ — the album isn’t a total secret but details are heavily guarded. Clive Davis, who is overseeing production for Arista Records, did, however, shed some light on the tantalizing project for Billboard.
For starters, it’s a concept album. Aretha will cover classic songs by fellow divas including Adele, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Alicia Keys, Etta James and Diana Ross. “[The diva's] new album is purely and simply sensational,” Clive says of the unexpected opus. “She’s on fire and vocally in absolutely peak form. What a thrill to see this peerless artist still showing the way, still sending shivers up your spine, still demonstrating that all contemporary music needs right now is the voice.” My iPod is ready. More »
Alicia Keys dropped by the TODAY show this morning for a touching performance of her new single “We Are Here.” The singer, who is pregnant with her second child, explained the meaning of the song to host Matt Lauer.
“It started with this conversation that I had, that question [why are we on this planet] was asked to me,” Keys said. “That really opened up a whole conversation and a whole dialogue. And with the backdrop of everything that’s going on in the world, we’re wondering what can we do about it. We all have a voice, but how can it be used?”
See if Alicia’s song motivates you to answer why we’re all here on the planet below. More »
has been cracking the whip
with producer Diplo
to get her upcoming 13th studio album in the can. And lo and behold, in addition to the wide array of collaborators who’ve already put time
in with Madge for the project (including Avicii
and Natalia Kills
), there was room for yet another to hop on board: Alicia Keys
“#wearehere. Alicia Killin it on my record….,,,,.,..,,#livingforlove,” Madonna wrote while posting a photo on Instagram — one that shows the Material Girl holding up a sign incorporating Keys’ new single/charity project “We Are Here.” Diplo also Instagrammed a pic of himself and Alicia sitting at a piano. He captioned it with this: “Just played a sick version of chopsticks w @aliciakeys”
Catch both images below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: The Los Angeles County Coroner has ruled Simone Battle‘s death at the age of 25 a suicide by hanging. The former X Factor contestant had finally found fame with girl band G.R.L., who are currently climbing the charts with “Ugly Heart”. [ABC News]
:: Avicii has cancelled all his touring and promotional plans for the foreseeable future due to ongoing health concerns. The Swedish DJ recently had his gallbladder and appendix removed and also suffers from pancreatitis. [MTV]
:: While she waits to give birth to her second child, Alicia Keys has been busy thinking about the state of the world and her place in it. She just wrote a song addressing the matter called “We Are Here”. Prepare to be uplifted. [Facebook]
:: Taylor Swift is going all out with the deluxe edition of 1989. Take the exclusive Target release. The packaging includes voice memos, a collection of photos and even a chance to meet the former country queen. [Target]
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“I was trying to make the perfect album,” Nas
says of his 1994 debut Illmatic
, in a just-released trailer for a documentary celebrating exactly that. Directed by One9
, Nas: Time Is Illmatic
details the creative process behind the Queensbridge, N.Y. rapper’s stunning debut, which received The Source
‘s perfect, five-mic rating
and became one of the most acclaimed hip-hop albums of all time.
Pharrell, Alicia Keys and Busta Rhymes all appear in the Time Is Illmatic trailer to help speak for Illmatic‘s influence. “It’s one of the best albums of all time,” Keys says. More »
:: R&B legend Alicia Keys
and husband Swizz Beatz
are pregnant with their second child! Congratulations are in order! [Billboard
:: By now, everyone knows the story about Memory Map‘s Michael Bridavsky and his ridiculously adorable cat Lil Bub. Or, at least,they should. [Spin]
:: DJ Mustard has confirmed that he produced three songs on Rihanna’s upcoming album. [Pop Justice]
:: Canadian DJ Deaudmau5 goes takes his Nyan Cat-wrapped Ferrari out for a “coffee run” with Rob Ford, the current Mayor of Toronto. [TIME]
:: The trailer of DirectTV’s new drama Kingdom, starring Nick Jonas, is officially out, and, let’s just say, he looks more ripped than ever. [Gossip Cop]
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reveals that she has a new album in the works. “With this album, I find I have much more I want to talk about,” she said to WWD
While posing as the face for Givenchy’s newest fragrance Dahlia Devin (above), Keys has tentatively scheduled her new music for a 2015 release. Her last record, 2012′s Girl On Fire, was her sleekest and most cohesive to date, though she continued to face the same criticism from throughout her career. For all of her hopes to uplift, Keys has a tendency to cast out vague, if not cliched lyrics (“Looks like a girl, but she’s a flame”) instead of revealing herself. Fortunately, she recognizes this now. More »