The 42nd annual American Music Awards kicked off tonight (November 23) live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, with awards given out to some of our favorite (and biggest) musicians of the year!
One Direction turned out to be the night’s major winners, as the cute British lads took home three awards for Favorite Band, Duo or Group; Favorite Pop/Rock Album with Midnight Memories and Artist of the Year! “Beg For It” rapstress Iggy Azalea won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for The New Classic. “Blank Space” diva, a.ka. Taylor Swift, won the most prestigious award, with the legendary Diana Ross presenting her with the first-ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence!
Other highlights included everyone’s favorite crooner Sam Smith winning Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Katy Perry nagging Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and 5 Seconds Of Summer proving their escalating popularity with the younger generation with their New Artist of the Year win.
View the list of winners from this year’s American Music Awards after the jump! More »
Usher has been revisiting his stacked back catalog during his ongoing tour. When the UR Experience hit Los Angeles last night (November 21), though, he invited next-generation R&B singers to join him on stage.
There was Kid Ink, the producer-rapper who slyly asks for consent in current single “Body Language,” also featuring Usher and Tinashe. There was Jeremih, who co-stars in DJ Khaled‘s R&B posse cut “Hold You Down.” And then there was Chris Brown, who crept up on stage, only to be met with cheers the moment he looked up at the crowd. Not even UR Experience opener August Alsina could resist from capturing the moment on his iPhone.
The older Usher has gotten, the more open he has become to working with new sounds and artists. (Lately, some have argued that he does this to a fault.) So when these younger, more nonchalant and R. Kelly-inspired singers took the stage, he followed their lead until it was time for him to peel his tank top off. (Predictably, this was met with cheers.)
Unfortunately, with Brown’s cameo (Alsina’s “I Luv This Shit” remix, “Loyal,” “New Flame”) that meant less actual singing, with the backing track doing most of the work, and more dancing to win over the crowd. Watch the UR Experience “turn all the way the f— up” – their words, not ours – below. More »
Pitbull‘s eighth studio LP Globalization drops November 24 but the MC’s collaboration with Chris Brown has arrived online a little early. And it’s actually rather great! An irresistible ’80s throwback, “Fun” pays tribute to Miami Sound Machine‘s exuberant Cuban-influenced pop with it’s hip-swinging Latin rhythms and perky percussion. Breezy’s Michael Jackson-channelling vocal is also something of a treat.
“Oh my my, lookin’ like a good good time, don’t disguise the way you wanna love tonight,” the “Loyal” hitmaker sings over what could well be a sample of Gloria Estefan & Co.’s 1985 hit “Conga”. “Oh my my, hook you with a brand new high, don’t be shy I just wanna live tonight”. That’s when Mr. Worldwide pops up for the briefest of verses before returning for an encore where he name checks Enrique Iglesias and raps about his glamorous lifestyle. Listen to the Globalization gem after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj is holding nothing back for her upcoming video for “Only,” as seen with the revealing photos she recently posted on her Instagram! The rapper took fans behind-the-scenes of the shoot, which also included song collaborators (and YMCMB labelmates) Drake and Lil Wayne. Chris Brown, the tune’s other feature, wasn’t present. It’s too bad, though, his rock-hard abs could’ve added something extra.
For the shoot, Minaj dons a super-seductive mesh bodysuit with only black lingerie underneath. She completed the outfit with intensely-high platform heels and black veil. The men kept their outfits more tame, rocking a simple jeans-and-t shirt combination. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Taylor Swift recently gave a politically-correct answer explaining why she removed her albums from Spotify, but now the real information has come forward. According to her label, the singer only earned an approximate $500K — much less than the yearly $6 million that artists of her high ranking usually make. Her label CEO Scott Borchetta explained: “The facts show that the music industry was much better off before Spotify hit these shores. Don’t forget this is for the most successful artist in music today. What about the rest of the artists out there struggling to make a career? Over the last year, what Spotify has paid is the equivalent of less than 50,000 albums sold.” [Spin]
:: Mark your calendars! MTV has announced the 2015 premiere dates of the Video Music Awards and the Movie Awards. The former will air live on Sunday, August 30 while the former can be watched on Sunday, April 12. [MTV]
:: Speaking of award ceremonies, this year’s Latin Grammys have revealed their performance roster. Pitbull, Carlos Santana, Chris Brown, Marc Anthony, Wisin and MAGIC! will all touch the stage. The show will air live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, on November 20 at 8 p.m. EST on Univision. [Billboard]
:: Culture Club announced the cancellation of their North American and UK reunion tour, which was set to begin on November 15. The reason for the decision was due to a polyp found on Boy George‘s throat, and his doctor has ordered him to rest as to avoid an operation. [via press release]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today below. More »
Mr. Probz‘s global hit “Waves” got off to a slow start in the US but eventually caught on and climbed all the way to number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Dutchman’s hypnotic jam could go even higher if a new remix featuring T.I. and Chris Brown gets an official release. I mean, what better way to expand the song’s audience than recalibrating it for urban radio?
Tip opens the remix with a bleak verse (“had a dream last night that my wife was at my wake with my son”) before Mr. Probz makes a welcome appearance in the chorus — only to be joined by Breezy, who shows off his soulful pipes. The new version of “Waves” is thoughtfully constructed but there’s no real reason for turning the melodic anthem into something completely depressing. Listen after the jump. More »
Ladies, prepare to get your panties in a bunch — Chris Brown and Trey Songz have announced a 2015 North American tour! The R&B pair have teased the performance stint on social media for a while now, but they made it official last night (November 10) during their live-streamed event at Los Angeles’ House of Blues.
The 25-date tour, appropriately called “Between The Sheets,” kicks off in Hampton, VA (their home state) on January 28. Brown and Songz will stop in cities like Brooklyn, Atlanta and Houston before ending in Los Angeles on March 8. Rapper Tyga plans to join as their special guest.
“Between The Sheets” marks the 10th anniversary of the singers’ first joint college tour, and will support their respective X and Trigga albums. View all of the dates after the jump! More »
Omarion plans to make a musical comeback with his new single, “Post To Be,” which he has previewed for fans on his Instagram. The singer (and current Love & Hip-Hop reality star) teamed up with R&B newcomer Jhene Aiko and Chris Brown for the bumping track, produced by DJ Mustard.
The tune, which plans to drop next week, will be the first taste from Omarion’s upcoming fourth studio LP — Sex Playlist. Listen to “Post To Be” after the jump, and look out for the singer’s album in 2015. More »
Nicki Minaj goes straight “Looney Tunes” in the cartoon-inspired lyric video for “Only,” her collaboration with Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. The visual basically shows that Minaj is the Queen of the World and we should all bow down in her greatness. As for the men? Breezy plays a liutenant, while Drake is a priest and Wayne is a businessman.
“Only” is the latest song from Nicki Minaj’s third album The Pinkprint, set for a December 15 release. It features songs like “Pills N’ Potions,” “Lookin Ass” and the infamous booty romp — “Anaconda.” More »
Did You Hear?
:: Taylor Swift‘s new album 1989 is a massive hit (it’s predicted to sell just over one million copies in its first week alone), so there’s no surprise the popstar wants to take the project on the road! During her appearance on Good Morning America on October 29, she stated: “I am gonna be going out on tour very soon! We’re in the early stages of planning the actual show. I’m excited about announcing things when I can announce them, but it’s going to be happening!”[Just Jared]
:: Good news for Chris Brown! The troubled entertainer has settled two assault cases: one for charging at a man in Washington D.C. and the other for brawling with Frank Ocean‘s cousin in a parking lot last January. His total payment was $120,000. But that should be chump change for him…right? [MTV]
:: Jimmy Kimmel plans to host the 2014 Country Music Awards via hologram on November 5. But that’s not all! He’ll be hosting two shows at the same damn time: the CMAS as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live. The holograms of 2pac at 2012′s Coachella and Michael Jackson at this year’s Billboard Music Awards were creepy, so hopefully the talk show host can pull it off. [Complex]
:: Suge Knight may face 30 years to life in prison after an arrest for robbery. The rap mogul was arrested alongside comedian Katt Williams, who could serve up to seven years. [Pigeons & Planes]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »