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:: Katy Perry is being sued by Christian rapper Flame over copyright infringement and… black magic. He believes “Dark Horse” rips off his song “Joyful Noise”, which has now been tarnished by its association with witchcraft and paganism. Because apparently that’s what the Prism diva’s single promotes. [Gossip Cop]
:: This is sad news. Jewel announced that she’s splitting with Ty Murray, her husband of six years. “[I] trust that you will all honor and have reverence for how difficult this journey is, and allow us our process as we not only grieve the loss of our marriage, but also as we recreate ourselves in the ashes,” she wrote on her website. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Miley Cyrus‘ Bangerz tour is about to get a whole lot wilder. She will be joined by British wild woman Lily Allen for a bunch of North American dates in August. It promises to be quite the double bill. [MTV]
:: Only one album has sold more than one million copies in 2014. That’s the grim news from Billboard’s mid-year sales round-up. For the record, the biggest seller is the Frozen soundtrack followed by Beyonce‘s self-titled visual album. [Billboard]
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came under fire from some commentators for wearing a revealing “ass-less” leotard
in her blockbuster On The Run
tour. As usual, the game-changing diva kept her silence but one of her backing vocalists did the talking for her. Tiffany Monique
, better known as one third of The Mamas
, shut down the controversy with one extremely well-worded Facebook post.
“Why is it that every time a female entertainer wears something revealing, it’s assumed she felt like she ‘had’ to?” she wrote. “Why aren’t men held by the same strict standards as women?” Two excellent questions but Tiffany saves the best one for later in the post. “Why is what she chooses to wear at her grown-ass-woman show any business of anyone else’s?” Read the articulate singer’s full commentary after the jump. More »
Awards! Live performances! Shade! Last night’s 2014 BET Awards
brought the action once again this year.
It was an especially big night for Beyoncé fans last night — but then again, when isn’t it a time for celebration as a Beyhive member? Queen Bey led the pack by winning not one, but three awards of the night including the “Fandemonium” Award, followed by a sexy surprise (pre-taped) performance of “Partition” with Jay Z live from Miami’s On The Run Tour (which we attended!) to close out the show.
Other major performances of the night included Nicki Minaj‘s trippy-as-hell performance of “Chi-Raq” into “Pills N Potions” (there was a giant mushroom in the middle of the stage!), Usher‘s career-spanning hit medley — from “Nice And Slow” to “Good Kisser,” Chris Brown‘s return to the stage for the first time since jail with a choreography-filled performance of “Loyal” alongside Lil Wayne, Tyga and Travis Barker (?!), Iggy Azalea and T.I.‘s “No Mediocre” and Pharrell‘s cheerleader-filled #BaeUniversity opening of “Come Get It Bae” (hey, where’s Gwen?), which led into a killer mash-up with none other than Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott‘s classic, “Pass That Dutch.” “The Empress!” Pharrell dubbed Missy before welcoming her to the stage. Watch some of the night’s biggest performances, then check out the full list of winners below. More »
and Jay Z
slight Justin Bieber
on stage? Fans and critics
are saying yes, thanks (or no thanks) to fan footage from opening night
of their joint On the Run
One clip (above) shows that Jay Z was performing his 2001 hit “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” to celebrity mugshots being projected behind him. Only Beyonce’s were fake; the others of David Bowie, Puff Daddy, Tupac and more were real. The clip does show that Bieber’s mugshot was timed to Jay’s best line in “Izzo” (“So poof! / Vamoose, son of a b—-”). What it doesn’t show, though, is that Beyonce was also apparently addressing the crowd. “Even the greatest can fall,” she said, according to The Mirror. More »
Promotion for “Pretty Hurts”
is finally underway. Well, sort of. The third single from Beyonce
‘s pioneering visual album
is slowly being added to rhythmic radio stations (not pop or R&B, for some bizarre reason) and the song features prominently in the diva’s blockbuster On The Run
tour. There is also a batch of killer remixes to assist in club domination.
Dutch DJ R3hab unveiled his hard house remix of “Pretty Hurts” a couple of weeks ago and now ever-reliable club veteran Tracy Young has overhauled the ballad into a soaring floorfiller. She has a lighter touch (the synths stay pretty and there’s a touch of trance), which works particularly well with the song’s inspirational message. Listen after the endearing remix jump. More »
rocked a number of sexy costumes during last night’s (June 25) On The Run
tour in Miami, Florida but none rivaled the revealing leotard she wore for a sizzling rendition of “Naughty Girl” (and not “Partition”
as many sites have reported). At first glance, the diva looked relatively demure in a leather corset before she turned out and showed her perfect ass to 76,000 or so drooling fans.
She then proceeded to work a ballerina’s barre with her fellow dancers — bending and stretching in ways that should come with a warning. Bey positively exuded confidence and sex appeal. We’re used to her pushing the envelope in raunchy clips like the afore-mentioned “Partition” but this is some next-level smut from the queen of R&B! See a selection of semi-NSFW pics up top. More »
and Jay Z
‘s blockbuster On The Run
tour kicked off last night (June 25) in Miami before an estimated 76,000 screaming fans. Despite starting over an hour late due to near-apocalyptic traffic conditions, there were nothing but smiles in Sun Life stadium. The sense that history was about to be made was palpable and the opportunity to bear witness was compensation enough for a (not so) minor delay in the sticky Florida heat.
And, as expected, The Carters delivered two hours of impeccable entertainment that cemented their status as the first couple of popular music. Hov acted as a kind of de facto MC for the event, warming up the crowd with a slew of classic hits between his wife’s more elaborate set pieces. The recurring themes of love and family really pulled the show together. After all, it began with a glamorous projection that read “This Is Not Real Life” and ended with a montage of home movies featuring Blue Ivy with the caption “This Is Real Life”.
Not that On The Run was completely without flaws. For a stadium show, the staging is relatively unspectacular. Jay performs with little production behind him and the second stage in the middle of the venue is a complete misfire. Transitions to and from it were awkward and there weren’t enough screens to see what was happening. My biggest qualm with the show, however, was the setlist. Bey’s contribution to be specific. Too much of the brilliant (but all too recent) Mrs. Carter Show world tour was simply recycled. And that’s not good enough when premium tickets cost $500. More »
It was a rainy night in Miami on Wednesday (June 25), but that didn’t stop a massive crowd from pouring into the Sun Life Stadium to hear hit after hit after hit on opening night of Beyonce
and Jay Z
‘s On The Run Tour. Throughout the evening, Bey tore through chart smashes and album track favorites like “Crazy In Love,” “Ring The Alarm,” “Haunted” and “Drunk In Love,”
while Jay brought the fire with “Clique,” “On To The Next One,” “N***as In Paris” and “Tom Ford.”
The married pair shared the stage several times, but perhaps one of the most memorable moments during the Carters’ joint spectacle was when Beyonce filled in for Justin Timberlake on chorus duties for Hova’s summer 2013 smash “Holy Grail.”
Watch that one above, then catch a few more performances from Bey and Jay’s On The Run gig in Miami below. More »
:: Frank Ocean
has fired his publicity firm, Life Or Death PR, and his manager. In an unrelated move, Mac Miller
has signed up with Life Or Death. Even swap, right? [Buzzfeed
:: Thirty-eight people were hospitalized for dehydration after taking drugs at an Avicii concert in Boston. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Beyonce typed out a four-paragraph letter honoring Michael Jackson on the five-year anniversary of the King Of Pop’s death: “For whatever reason he could evoke more emotion than an adult. It was so raw and so pure. It was these little things that he did that were just swag. It’s something that’s God given.” [Beyonce.com]
:: “Would it be really easy to assume that I was a douchebag? Definitely. One hundred percent. But that doesn’t mean that I am. Or maybe I am, I don’t know,” Adam Levine tells GQ in their profile on the clearly conflicted Maroon 5 rocker.
:: Prince‘s Purple Rain album was released 30 years ago (!!!) this week. Its parent movie won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, but was also up for two Razzies: Worst New Star and Worst Original Song (“Sex Shooter”). [Pink Is The New Blog]
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The Carters have largely stayed out of the spotlight since elevator-gate
but they’re on the brink of a very big return to public life. Beyonce
and Jay Z
‘s On The Run
tour kicks off in Miami on Wednesday night (June 25) and the famous couple are busy putting the final touches on the show. They did, however, take some time out to share some rehearsal pics on Instagram.
Hov upload two behind-the-scenes photos today that show the R&B royals overseeing different aspects of their live extravaganza, which is set to become the second-biggest tour of all time, at Sun Life Stadium. They look focussed but very happy. That fits in with a handful of pics Bey shared last week. “I feel like the luckiest girl to hold a microphone,” she captioned one image. “Im grateful to be able to do what I love.” Oh and she also took a selfie, which The Hive has declared perfect/free of all flaws. Check out the gallery up top. More »