:: Taylor Swift
dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
to announce her performance at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. While there, she took part in the popular Ew!
segment and played a super nerd. It appeared to come easily. [Billboard
:: Here’s an unexpected cover version. Chris Brown shared a unique interpretation of Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me”, which is currently sitting at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s different. [Spin]
:: This is really touching. The broadway cast of Aladdin honored the late Robin Williams with a huge singalong. Performer James Iglehart also reminisced about watching the Disney cartoon for the first time. [Death And Taxes]
:: Michael Cera has released a lo-fi folk album called True That. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The Arrested Development actor has appeared in videos for Islands and sang backing vocals for Weezer. [Stereogum]
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unveiled his “New Flame”
video this afternoon (August 14) and my mind immediately wandered to Britney Spears
‘ “Work Bitch”
extravaganza. Which is unusual because I’m still trying to forget that Britney Jean
ever happened. It just so happens that both videos were filmed at the same luxurious pool (or a very, very similar one).
Only instead of CGI sharks and dazed choreography, Breezy serves umbrella twisting and a shirtless cameo from international sex symbol Rick Ross. Fellow collaborator Usher also makes an appearance but — let’s be real — all eyes are on Teflon Don. The concept, which was first used by Mexican duo Prima J, is eye-catching but surely Chris had other options. Particularly when the song is this good. Watch both (equally glamorous) videos after the jump. More »
, who is gearing up for the release of his eighth studio album I Changed A Lot
, is known to roll with quite the eclectic posse. This time around is no exception. After dropping “They Don’t Love You No More”
with rapper heavyweights like Jay Z
, Rick Ross
, Meek Mill
and French Montana
back in April, the “We The Best” beatsmith is now serving up his latest R&B single “Hold You Down,” which features Chris Brown
, August Alsina
The Gil Green-directed visual is laden with the usual Khaled staples as the R&B all-stars serenade their ride-or-die baes over the track’s baby-making melody — a beautiful mansion, cigar smoke, and, of course, a lot of really sexy women. What’s more, the super producer not only shamelessly plugs his “We The Best Sound” headphones, but also gets to show off his acting chops, which are hilarious to say the least. More »
is something of a serial offender when it comes to terrible covers. F.A.M.E.
was a multi-colored mess, while Graffiti
looked like the bad movie poster. It’s something of a relief then that his much-delayed X
opus (due September 16) benefits from simple but effective artwork. He didn’t need to use an old picture (Breezy looks healthier now than he has in years) but it will do nicely.
Given the extensive delay — because, you know, jail — it will be interesting to see the final tracklist. Singles “Fine China” and “Loyal” should make the cut but who knows what will happen with his rumored collaborations with Kelly Rowland and Nicki Minaj. Everything we’ve heard from the album thus far has been very good, so I’m cautiously optimistic that X will be worth the wait. More »
marks the spot …over a year later.
Originally due to be released on July 16 of last year (before a series of album pushbacks and, erm, legal troubles), Chris Brown‘s upcoming sixth studio album X (which, yes, now shares a title with one of the year’s most popular releases by Ed Sheeran) has once again been cemented in stone — this time for Tuesday, September 16.
The oft-delayed LP, which could boast a slew of singles released over the past year including “Fine China,” “Love More” and “Loyal,” was given the green light for a September debut via Brown’s Instagram yesterday. More »
:: Michael Jackson
‘s 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch is about to be sold. The estate – 22 buildings, including a movie theater and theme park – cost tens of millions of dollars to maintain, while experts say it could be worth up to $100 million. [Forbes
:: Nile Rodgers revealed that Daft Punk is working on new music. “Just as I finished up a new Chic song, Daft Punk sent me something AMAZING!” he said. Here’s to hoping Daft Punk had another collaboration in mind. [Facebook]
:: Rita Ora has nabbed yet another high-profile guest for her sophomore album: her label boss, Jay Z. [Q102]
:: Justin Bieber partied with Kanye West and the Kardashians at Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci‘s birthday. “Who’s your daddy?” he actually wrote to caption a snapshot of him posing with Kris Jenner. [Instagram]
:: Chris Brown‘s August 4 appearance at Drake‘s OVO Fest may be canceled. “I should regret some things but I think the lessons learned will shape me into a real man,” Brown said, following reports suggesting that he may have trouble entering Canada due to his criminal background. [Rap-Up]
:: Blood Orange‘s Dev Hynes says that he was jumped by three security guards at Lollapalooza shortly after performing – and giving a speech about police brutality. The festival is investigating the incident. [Pitchfork]
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Just days after they hit the studio together, Drake
invited Chris Brown
to the 2014 ESPYs. Drake was hosting
, so Brown got to perform – not for a song, but in a skit that poked fun at their past beef. There, Drake actually feuds against NBA All-Star Blake Griffin
, resulting in them playing practical jokes on each other and Drake comparing Griffin’s skintone to Cheetos. Breezy pops up as a surprise ally to the Griffin, when Drizzy least expects it.
Drake hosted the awards show just days after he and Brown were snapped in the studio, having hip-hop fans wonder if their 2012 beef was resolved once and for all. Back then the two were fighting over Rihanna, not a film title as in the skit, and the resulting brawl sounded a lot uglier than the twerk-o-gram that Griffin sends to Drake. (The Views From the 6 rapper grimaces nonetheless.) Watch Brown make his surprise, chuckle-worthy appearance at the 2014 ESPYs up top. After the jump, watch Drake’s opening monologue, where he celebrates LeBron James‘ return to Cleveland as Skylar Grey did. More »
and Chris Brown
recently hit the studio, as shown in a new photo. (TMZ
says that Drake posted it, although it doesn’t appear on the rapper’s social media accounts.)
To most, this new snapshot serves as proof that the two have reconciled after their lengthy, ugly beef. Funny enough, a behind-the-scenes photo posted last October seemed to say the exact same thing. At the same time, though, it’s tough to blame fans for forgetting the first time they appeared to have moved on. Their beef dates back to 2012, which culminated into a massive brawl at a New York City nightclub, allegedly over Rihanna, that resulted in a $16 million lawsuit. More »
, never one to set pop or R&B forward, has offered up “New Flame,” a cut that features Breezy on the first verse, Usher
on the second and a rap by Bawse Rick Ross
topping the whole thing off. The main hook here is a monotonous synth loop that runs throughout while all involved croon over the otherwise bright track.
“New Flame” is harmless enough, but if anything, it has us wondering why we’ve yet to hear that Breezy/Ariana Grande duet that was teased back in April? Give this new one a listen below. 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 »