To be fair, it wasn’t going to be easy for Nicki Minaj to trump her rump-shaking smash “Anaconda.” The hype for a follow-up to her Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampling hit was already at a fever pitch — but did she deliver with a worthy follow-up? Well.
The return-to-roots rap track “Only,” the third single off of the newly pushed-back The Pinkprint — certainly has its fair share of scandal-heavy lyrics worth talking about, as well as a simple, menacing beat courtesy of Dr. Luke. Was it enough to sway the critics — or the Twittersphere? Check out all the reviews, as well as some choice tweets, after the jump. More »
After taking over the charts with her massive, booty-loving single “Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj is back with a follow-up song — “Only.” It finds the rapper going back to her roots, and actually rapping. The opening line immediately tears down any rumors about her and the Young Money crew: “I never f*cked Wayne, I never f*cked Drake/ All my life man f*ck sake/ If I did I would menage with ‘em and let them eat my ass like a cupcake.” Well then!
The rapper continues to talk a lot of smack on the tune, while Chris Brown rushes in with the confident hook. Lil Wayne and Drake also provide explicit verses. It is all laid over a simple but menacing beat with pin-drop sound effects, courtesy of producer Dr. Luke.
“Only” is the third single off Nicki Minaj’s forthcoming third studio LP, The Pinkprint — which has been pushed back to a December 15 release date. Take a listen after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Taylor Swift has a message for all her haters out there! When asked about the critique of her always writing about ex-boyfriends, she stated “I think frankly that’s a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there.” [via MTV News]
:: Speaking of Taylor Swift and her love life…the singer recently gave some advice to friend Selena Gomez. During her appearance on The Talk, Gomez said this about Swift: “[Taylor] was actually at my house the other day and we were sitting by the fire and I was talking about relationships and business in my life and she just kind of looked at me, and she supports me and never judges me for anything, and she was like, ‘Selena, if you’re the smartest person in the room, I think you’re going to be in the wrong room.’” [MTV]
:: Legendary reggae singer John Holt has passed away at the age of 69. He is known for being a member of The Paragons, and for songs like “The Tide Is High” and “Stick By Me.” [The Guardian]
:: Chris Brown, T.I., Trey Songz, J. Cole, and Tinashe are all added to Power 106 FM’s “Cali Christmas” annual concert. It will take place on December 5 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA, and tickets go on sale this Thursday. [Rap-Up]
:: Ever wondered what it would be like if Jay Z, DMX and Ja Rule created a rap super-group? Well it almost happened! In the late ’90s, the three artists recorded separately under Irv Gotti‘s Murder INC. label and even had some collaborations together. But it didn’t work out, as Jay Z and DMX’s relationship became tense. [MTV News]
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Oh boy, was it a super jam-packed week for pop music! The 2014 American Music Awards nominations were announced, with Iggy Azalea leading the pack. Ariel Pink dissed Madonna‘s recent work, while Christina Aguilera announced her return to The Voice next year along with new music – SAY! We also interviewed Nicole Scherzinger about her upcoming LP, Big Fat Lie and launched an Ibrawlator where you can vote for which pop diva will have the best album by year’s end!
Our favorite insightful tweeters, Chris Brown and Azealia Banks gave their thoughts on the Ebola epidemic. Speaking of Banks, she decided to jump into the messy Snoop Dogg vs. Iggy Azalea social media feud. Snoop has since apologized for starting the drama. But the biggest and most shocking news of the week was Kesha revealing she’d allegedly been sexually and physically abused by producer Dr. Luke for 10 years. The singer has sued the producer, which escalated into a messy lawsuit.
As always, our readers had a lot to say. But they were definitely more opinionated than usual! Check out some of the week’s best comments after the jump. More »
Pitbull unveiled the cover and November 24 release date of eighth studio LP Globalization yesterday (October 15) but the tracklist is still under wraps. While the full line-up is yet to be announced, Mr. Worldwide shed some light on the matter by revealing the involvement of pop heavyweights Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo and Chris Brown on the album.
Other collaborators include dancehall king Sean Paul, producer/artist Wallpaper and rising pop diva Bebe Rexha. Songs that have been confirmed include 2014 FIFA World Cup theme song “We Are One (Ole Ola)”, G.R.L.-assisted pop anthem “Wild Wild Love” and current top 40 smash “Fireball”. Globalization will also feature a new single called “Celebrate (from Penguins of Madagascar)”, lifted from the soundtrack of upcoming animated movie Penguins of Madagascar. I’m ready to be slayed. More »
‘Tis the season…for music award show nominations to start rolling in, of course.
After Iggy Azalea led the way with the American Music Award nominations announced earlier this morning, it came down to Ebola conspiracy theorist Chris Brown, Beyoncé and the ever-present Pharrell to pave the road with the most nominations at this year’s Soul Train Awards.
Aside from the usual suspects of pop’s biggest heavyweights, including Drake, John Legend and the King Of Pop himself Michael Jackson, this year’s Wendy Williams-hosted ceremony (airing on November 30) also honors several of our favorite Popping Up acts for the Best New Artist category, including “Am I Wrong” duo Nico & Vinz, Sevyn Streeter and Jhene Aiko. Check out all the nominations after the jump. More »
You know Ebola has entered the public consciousness when pop stars start referencing the disease while fighting with paparazzi (see Iggy Azalea‘s iconic exchange outside of Vons). But the Aussie rapper isn’t alone. Chris Brown has also been spending a lot of time thinking about the lethal virus. So much so that he felt the urge to jump on Twitter last night (October 12) and offer up some pearls of wisdom.
“I don’t know … But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control,” Breezy tweeted his 13.7 million followers. “Shit is getting crazy bruh.” He then followed that up by tweeting: “Let me shut my black ass up!” Everyone is entitled to their opinion but Breezy’s theory is less likely than X going platinum. See the R&B superstar’s tweets after the jump. More »
It’s the second week in a row where seven of the albums in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 are new entries, only this marks the first time in a full year where the first five positions on the chart are all debuts.
Leading the pack is Barbra Streisand‘s 34th studio album Partners, which hops in straight at #1 after selling 196,000 copies out of the gate. The LP, packed with duets, gives Babs the distinction of being the only act to have landed a chart-topping album (on the Billboard 200) in each of the past six decades. Her very first #1 was her fourth LP People, back in 1964.
Right behind Streisand in the runner-up slot is Chris Brown, whose sixth album X moved 146,000 copies in its first week. See who else made the Top 10 below. More »
T.I. has revealed the tracklist for his ninth studio album Paperwork: The Motion Picture, out October 21.
While the Atlanta rapper has teased collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Busta Rhymes and B.o.B., none of those cameos will appear on the album. Instead, executive producer Pharrell appears on two songs, including the album’s title track. Jeezy and Rick Ross appear on one song each. T.I. has also teamed up with a few R&B stars: Usher, Chris Brown (on a song called “Private Show,” no less) and The-Dream.
So far, T.I. has built up anticipation for Paperwork with a few high-profile collaborations: Last spring he dropped “About the Money,” featuring Atlanta’s most compelling (and Nicki Minaj-approved) rap weirdo Young Thug. Later he released the feel-good, DJ Mustard-produced “No Mediocre,” featuring his Grand Hustle affiliate Iggy Azalea. Then T.I. added to the conversation surrounding the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown with “New National Anthem,” featuring Skylar Grey.
See the tracklist for T.I.’s Paperwork: The Motion Picture below. More »
Usher closed out this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival by bringing out a surprise guest: Chris Brown. “He’s a friend, he’s a brother, he’s a passionate artist and I have the fortunate opportunity to have shared a song with him this year,” Usher said, before the younger R&B star joined him on stage.
The two of them performed “New Flame,” Brown’s current single off his new album X. (The album, also featuring “Loyal” and “X,” is predicted to debut second only to Barbra Streisand‘s tenth album Partners next week.) Their singing led to a dance-off, which led to Usher slipping off his high-tops and lighting them on fire – after all, neither of them had the flaming ‘X’ from the “New Flame” video handy.
Watch Usher and Chris Brown do “New Flame” below. More »