Posts tagged "Drake"

Beyonce Introduces ‘Beyonce’: Justin Timberlake, Pageants & Her Incredible “Bow Down” Explanation

Beyonce still hasn’t given an interview about her chart-busting fifth album but she did drop by iTunes radio to introduce the LP. And in the spirit of her new fearless approach to music and media, Mrs. Carter did not hold back. She was very open about giving each collaborator their due and had some choice words to say about “Bow Down”.

“It’s really difficult to find a song with such a strong message that doesn’t feel preachy. Sia is such a genius, the second I heard the song I’m like I have to sing this song,” Bey said of album-opener “Pretty Hurts”. “I don’t care how hard I have to fight for the song, this is my song!” As for the pageant based video? Well, they are “the most humiliating, judgmental place you can be as a woman.”

There was also praise for Boots (“a new producer that I completely respect”), a fun anecdote about the “Blow” video (“one of my first dates with my first boyfriend was at Funplex [the roller rink where it was shot] and now I got the whole Funplex… rented out!”) and an insight into the making of rap-interlude “Yonce” (“I love it because it’s really organic. The drumbeat was actually done in the studio by Justin Timberlake, he just started beating on this bucket”). More »

Watch Drake Bring Out Big Sean For “All Me” In Detroit

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The North American leg of Drake‘s Would You Like A Tour? trek is wrapping up (that was fast!), and for the penultimate stop, he brought out Big Sean in the rapper’s hometown of Detroit. The duo performed a chunk of “All Me,” the bonus cut from Drizzy’s Nothing Was The Same, and Sean was clearly happy to be repping his city in front of the rabid crowd, and thanked the two guys who’ve meant the most to his career — Drake and Kanye West.

Watch it up top, and check out Big Sean’s post-show tweet below. More »

Best Music 2013: Betty Who Reveals Her Favorite Album Of The Year

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Just Chillin'
Betty Who was one of 2013′s breakout stars — with the viral success of “Somebody Loves You,” a high-profile signing to RCA Records and one of the year’s best EPs with The Movement — so what was on heavy rotation Chez Who while the New York-based songstress was at her creative peak?

Betty took a moment out from her busy schedule of hitting the studio and watching One Tree Hill to share her favorite LP of the year with us — which she did in the style of her favorite artist, explaining in a note: “I DID IT IN THE FASHION OF DRAKE AKA SWEATPANTS HAIR TIED CHILLIN W NO MAKEUP ON CUZ THATS WHEN IM THE PRETTIEST I HOPE THAT YOU DONT TAKE IT WRONG.” More »

Beyonce & Drake’s “Mine” Video: Watch The Artistic Clip

Beyonce‘s out-of-nowhere, how-is-this-even-happening, what-is-air self-titled fifth studio album dropped late last night, and the “visual album” is an actual feast for the senses. Not in a trite way. In a way where you actually feel like you are feasting on the greatness of Beyonce’s artistry. Ugh. It hurts.

Most of the videos are unified by some narrative cohesion, but the clip for sonic standout “Mine,” a moody, spaced-out team-up with Drake produced by his frequent collaborator Noah “40″ Shehib, goes in about a dozen different directions; like the song’s production, which gradually transforms from a sentiment-soaked piano ballad into something raw, rhythmic and minimalist, the video is far-reaching in its styles and influences.  More »

The ‘Beyonce’ Credits: Justin Timberlake, Pharrell & The Mystery Known As Boots

Beyonce assembled an army of R&B experts and pop luminaries on her self-titled fifth album. She reunited with producers who had a hand in some previous favorites (The-DreamFrank Ocean, Ryan Tedder), linked up with new blood (Hit-Boy, Chairlift‘s Caroline Polachek) and brought on producers whose names you may not know but whose work you definitely know (Key Wane, frequent Ke$ha collaborator Ammo). Oh, and there’s also some really new blood care of a Blue Ivy feature.

The primary players include Pharrell, the Midas touch trifecta of Justin Timberlake, J-Roc and Timbaland (as with 20/20 Part 2, they left no clunky sex metaphor unturned) and a pop mysterion known as Boots (#whoisboots). Sia, Drake, Noah “40″ Shebib and Miguel also notched credits on the mega-release. As for the videos, everyone from Terry Richardson to frigging Lil Internet to Bey herself had directing duties.

That’s a whole lot of people, and we don’t know what kind of threats were hovering over them to prevent details from leaking out, but it worked and now we have Beyonce. So below, find the full credits broken down in an easier-to-read song-by-song list. More »

Drake & Jay Z Join Timbaland On Gritty “Know Bout Me”: See The Lyric Video

Timbaland never really went away, but thanks to his work on Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/2o Experience, as well as Jay Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail, there’s a renewed interest in the super-producer as he enters a new era of his career. With more eyes on him again, Tim’s prepping another solo album, Textbook Timbo (I guess judging by the title, that’s bad news for anyone who’s tired of his trademark skittering, beat-boxing sounds). Tim today (December 12) has dropped the lyric video for monster single “Know Bout Me.” Featuring Drake, Jay Z and James Fauntleroy, the beat consists of a “Tubular Bells”-like piano loop unspooling over a trap stomp.

Jay is relegated to an opening ad-lib, but Drizzy more than makes up for the absence with a few standout lines, including this couplet: “I been singing and rapping, I make a killing in both / If I had to choose a Jackson, man I’m feelin’ like Bo.” There’s still too much of Timbo’s chirping and scatting for our liking, but other than that, it’s pretty dope! Makes us think he saved his fresh material for this release and unloaded all the leftovers on 20/20 Part 2.

Check out the lyric video below. More »

Demi Lovato Couldn’t Go Thirty Minutes Without Cocaine: Morning Mix

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:: Demi Lovato has opened up about the extent of her pre-rehab drug habit, admitting that she couldn’t go 30 minutes without cocaine and would even smuggle it on airplanes. [Just Jared]

:: Looking for new threads? Drake is opening pop-up stores in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Miami and New Orleans. Now you have no excuse to be unfashionable! [Vibe]

:: Britney Spears gets lip injections. That is one of the many completely non-shocking revelations in her interview with InStyle magazine. Oh, she also enjoys face masks!  [Billboard]

:: Congratulations go to The Wanted‘s Siva Kaneswaran, proposed to his shoe designer girlfriend Nareesha McCafferey. Sorry, ladies. She said yes! [People]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Drake Pulls Out Of Grammy Nominations Concert

A last-minute scheduling conflict has kept Drake from being able to make his appearance at tonight’s Grammy nominations concert, says Drake’s publicist. (Who else?) TMZ reports that his publicist cites scheduling complications: “[He's] currently in the middle of his nationwide ‘Would You Like A Tour?’ and sincerely apologizes to his fans that he can’t be there.”

There’s a wrinkle to this fable, though: He doesn’t have a show this evening. Hmph. Maybe he just needs an extra night to rest those pipes.  More »

Joey Fatone Is Now A Spokesman For Hair Loss: Morning Mix

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:: Instead of saying “Bye Bye Bye” to his hairline, former ‘N Sync member Joey Fatone revitalized his locks and is now the spokesman of a hair restoration company. Congrats? [Spin]

:: Miley Cyrus has made Time magazine’s best and worst dressed lists. It seems like teddy bear print bodysuits are almost back in fashion! [Billboard]

:: Returning to where it all began, boy band Emblem3 dropped by X Factor to perform “Just For One Day” and announce their first headline tour, which kicks off in 2014. [Gossip Cop]

:: Drake aims to pay it forward by building a recording studio for kids in a struggling Philadelphia high school. Hopefully he also gives them some pointers on how to use it. [Vibe]

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Drake Unveils Air Jordan Collab: See The OVO Stingray Sample Packs

Kanye West may have napalmed his bridges with Nike and joined Team Adidas, but Nike will be just fine without the Air Yeezy, because now they’ve got Drake. During the Would You Like A Tour? stop in Nike’s hometown of Portland last night (December 3), Drizzy announced that he’s “Team Jordan.” He accompanied the announcement with photos of two white OVO-branded Jordans — part of the OVO Stingray X sample pack and OVO Stingray XII sample pack.

Both shoes are all-white with gold detailing and translucent soles revealing a gold OVO logo. Check out more sneaker porn below. More »