Posts tagged "Common"

The Frisky Closely Analyzes Meghan Trainor’s “Dear Future Husband”: Morning Mix

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:: Meghan Trainor‘s tunes come with a bold statement, as seen with “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin.” So our friends over at The Frisky took it upon themselves to dig deeper into the true meaning behind the singer’s work. Their song of choice? Title‘s “Dear Future Husband.” Click here to read the in-depth and entertaining analysis in its entirety!

:: HAIM is readying their follow-up to their awesome 2013 debut, Days Are GoneEste Haim posted a Twitter photo of previous collaborator (and modern pop music genius) Ariel Rechtshaid working on a laptop. Let’s “Pray To God” the sisters’ sophomore LP drops this year! [Billboard]

:: Bad news for LeAnn Rimes! The singer’s reality show with husband Eddie Cibrian has been cancelled by VH1. The television network has decided to discontinue the project after airing eight episodes last year. [E! Online]

:: Common, Erykah Badu and Aloe Blacc are set to perform at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The event takes place from January 22 – February 1 in Park City, Utah. The artists will sing at A Celebration of Music In Film concert, a tribute to Nina Simone. [The Fader]

:: It looks like TLC‘s Kickstarter campaign for their fifth album is a success! In just 48 hours, the ladies have raised almost $110,000. That is just $40K away from their goal of $150,000. Take that, haters! [Digital Spy]

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Pharrell, Usher, Sam Smith, John Legend And More Added To Grammy Awards Performance Line-Up

Pharrell Covers February 2015 Issue Of 'GQ'
Pharrell Covers February 2015 Issue Of 'GQ'
GQ is presenting a Hall of Fame portfolio of music makers who made the most noise over the past year.

The 2015 Grammy Awards just keep getting bigger and bigger!

Following the confirmation of Madonna‘s return to the Grammys stage, as well as Ariana Grande, AC/DC and Ed Sheeran, the Grammy Awards have announced a string of new performers on Twitter this morning.

Sam Smith, Pharrell, Usher, Miranda Lambert, Common and John Legend will all be hitting the stage during the February 8 ceremony. Together, Legend and Common will be performing their Golden Globe-winning Selma song “Glory,” while Sam Smith’s performance will mark his official debut on the show.

Will you be tuning into the show this year? Sound off in the comments below. More »

2015 Oscar Nominations: John Legend, Rita Ora, Adam Levine Songs Up For Academy Awards

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"Glory" Video
Watch the visual for John Legend & Common's award-winning song.

On Sunday (January 11), John Legend and Common‘s “Glory,” a soundtrack contribution to the film Selma, won the Best Original Song award at the Golden Globes. Less than a week later, the two gents have found themselves nominated yet again, this time for an Academy Award.

Altogether, five songs stand to win the Oscar for Original Song: “Glory,” “Everything Is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie (written by Shawn Patterson, performed by Tegan And Sara with The Lonely Island), “Lost Stars” from Begin Again (written by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood, performed by Adam Levine), “Grateful” from Beyond The Lights (written by Diane Warren, performed by Rita Ora) and Glen Campbell‘s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. More »

John Legend And Common Debut Video For Golden Globe-Winning “Glory”: Watch

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Golden Globe Awards 2015: Gallery
Golden Globe Awards 2015: Gallery
Check out the music stars who walked the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

On Sunday night, John Legend and Common beat out pop acts like Lana Del Rey, Sia, Patti Smith and Lorde in the Best Original Song category for their song “Glory” from the critically acclaimed film, Selma.

And to keep the momentum going strong, the two superstars just premiered the accompanying visual for their award-winning song. The newly released clip features powerful clips and stills from the civil rights movie, spliced in between scenes of Legend performing at a piano while Common triumphantly stands in front of spotlights and raps his motivational verses. All together, the clip makes for a moving statement about perseverance, freedom and equality — one that echoes stronger than ever today.

Watch the video for John Legend and Common’s “Glory” up top, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »

Kanye West’s Epic 2005 ‘Tim Westwood’ Freestyle Surfaces: Watch

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For kicks, BBC Radio 1′s Tim Westwood has revealed a 2005 Kanye West freestyle set to the Game‘s “Dreams,” Jay-Z‘s “Encore” and Common‘s “The Corner,” rap hits that West produced himself. West had just released his sophomore album Late Registration, but as his freestyle shows, he’s long known exactly what he wanted to achieve with his music.

Before “New Slaves,” West was rhyming of “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” — as in, how he was torn between gifting and protesting against them. He calls a woman a ho, only to apologize profusely. (He’s never been perfect.) And in a string of advice to rappers, he suggests enlisting singers for the hook — like Alicia Keys, or “light-skinned girls with braids, acting like they got it made.”(He did leap on a remix of “If I Ain’t Got You,” which kinda counts.) Speaking of advice: “As far as making your songs, you’re all wrong / doing everything that everybody else be on.” More »

Justin Bieber Surpasses Lady Gaga As Most-Followed Person On Twitter: Morning Mix

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:: Justin Bieber is now King of Twitter. Lady Gaga, who had 33,342,798 followers as of Tuesday evening, has ceded the throne (unwillingly, we’re assuming) now that Biebz has tallied 33,356,465 followers. [Reuters, because, news?]

:: Common says the Cruel Winter rumors are a load of bunk. “I don’t think that’s happening. It was more of a rumor — cats been creating, but everybody’s been doing their solo album.” Oh yeah, Kanye‘s definitely been “creating.” [Vulture]

:: Remember when Adam Lambert and Cyndi Lauper joined up for a haunting live cover of Gary Jules‘ version of “Mad World” by Tears for Fears? Well the two are apparently in talks to record a studio version! [Contactmusic]

:: Jennifer Hudson fans can get their first glimpse of the singer in the Sundance film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, which was co-produced by Alicia Keys. And Smash this is not: in the clip, J-Hud has been transformed into a tatted-up drug addict. [Indiewire]

:: Coachella is fast approaching, but we have yet to see a lineup. However, the festival released an artsy trailer called “Bloom,” and we’re sure if you’re deep enough or high enough, you can uncover a few clues in there. [YouTube]

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Election 2012: Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Pink & Others Tweet On Election Day

Election Day is finally here, pop fans, and if you’re 18 and over, it’s time to get out there and hit the polls. If you won’t listen to us on that matter, perhaps you’ll adhere the advice of your favorite artists like Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Katy Perry and Pink, who have been tweeting up a red, white and blue storm. Even artists who aren’t from this country are getting into the conversation.

So as we sit and wait to find out whether President Barack Obama is heading into a second term or Governor Mitt Romney will be the 45th Commander In Chief of the United States In America, why not head below and check out our Election Day roundup of musicians’ tweets? More »

Kanye West, Kid Cudi And The Whole G.O.O.D. Music Crew Cover ‘Complex’

This month’s issue of Complex comes with one crowded cover, with the heads of eight members of the G.O.O.D. Music crew — including Kid Cudi, John Legend, Pusha T, Common and label founder Kanye West — forming a holy union. In anticipation of the release of their debut compilation, Cruel Summer (out August 7), the G.O.O.D family sat down for a round-table discussion,

West was happy to lend his face to the cover and the corresponding photo spread, but kept up his “no press” policy, letting his family members do the talking for him. “Kanye put himself in a class that nobody can match, as far as evolving, progressing, and taking the best of what we learn and making more out of it,” says Big Sean. “So the brand is just being the coolest. We dress the best, we rap the best, we sing the best, we look the best,” he laughs.

Head below for a behind-the-scenes of the cover shoot, and hop over to Complex for the full Q&A. More »

Colbie Caillat & Common Hit The Boardwalk In Their “Favorite Song” Video

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Not content with having conquered light rock radio stations last year with her hit “Brighter Than The Sun”, Cali girl Colbie Caillat is now aiming for a crossover pop smash with her new Common-featuring single “Favorite Song”. The sunny jam (like you expected anything else from Colbie?) comes armed with a bright, beach-set video that features Caillat and Common bopping around young beautiful people shooting hoops, skateboarding, catching rays and walking on the Venice boardwalk. Is this going to be your favorite song this summer? Watch above and find out.

Joe Jonas, The Roots And Queen Latifah Set For Philly Fourth Of July Jam

The City Of Brotherly Love is going to have some added fireworks on July 4, as the lineup for the 20th annual Philly Fourth Of July Jam has been announced. Jimmy Fallon‘s Late Night house band The Roots are set to headline the event, which drew a crowd of 500,000 concert-goers last year, and they’re also scheduled to play sets with the likes of Joe Jonas, Queen Latifah, Common and Philadelphia native Daryl Hall. “We are very excited to be back again as the headlining band for the Philly Fourth of July Jam,” Roots musical director ?uestlove said in a press release. “It is an amazing event and we are proud to be an integral part of the show. You can expect an Independence Day celebration full of music right on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — Philly is the place to be for the 4th of July.” President Barack Obama‘s news slow-jamming session has yet to be announced.