What did pop stars do for a little harmless publicity before posting nudes on Instagram became an option? I guess they actually had to go out and perform their songs in front of real people. It must have been exhausting! While showing your nipples or butt is the hot trend on social media right now (think of all the likes and new followers!), many pop stars still prefer the good, old shirtless selfie.
It seems like every dude with a record deal stripped off for Insta in 2014. The usual suspects (Justin Bieber and Austin Mahone) were well accounted for, as were boy band members. The guys from 5 Seconds Of Summer and One Direction struggled to keep their shirts on, while British trio Union J took it a step further by losing their pants. The king of shirtless pics? That award goes to Nick Jonas and his frequently-flashed abs. Peruse the best pics up top. More »
surprised as the romantic lead of Nicki Minaj
‘s “Pills N Potions” video
. There, he obliges to draping fur over his bare chest, biting on one of Minaj’s bunny ears and, most importantly, gazing wistfully at the Pink Print
femcee’s direction. In short, he did the complete opposite of what he’s done as of late: maintain the tough-gangsta persona of his West Coast upbringing, but with groan-worthy beefs
that now overshadows his (otherwise respectable) musical output.
Then came “Bigger Than Me,” a misogynistic diss track that declares him to be the black Marshall Mathers (he’s gotten over his beef with Eminem, see), takes aim at XXL‘s new Freshmen class wholesale, and while calling out Frank Ocean in the process: “Tampon lyricists, evacuate the premises / Mute BET cyphers, because I don’t want to hear that shit / May be you rest in piss, f— n—-s / hey Frank Ocean, go ahead and f— these f— n—-s.” He ends by suggesting that Miguel sing to his song. Pardon? More »
Did we read somewhere that Nicki Minaj
‘s “Pills N Potions”
video, directed by Diane Martel
, was supposed to premiere Monday (June 9) evening? It actually didn’t arrive until well after midnight, but no matter — Queen Barb’s latest is here in full, and you can see it above.
What you’ll be watching is Nicki crying tears of what appears to be liquid mercury, hanging out with a shirtless Game and wearing bunny ears while posing rather sullenly. Oh, and she also pulls her boobs out of her shirt at one point, and there are a few obvious product placement scenes (hello, Official Beats Pill and Minajesty By Nicki Minaj perfume), so if you’re into that sort of thing, then you’d better get to watching. More »
Today, March 17, is St. Patrick’s Day, which means you should expect green beer, loud, party-ready people shouting in the streets and possibly a Shamrock Shake in your immediate future. But before you head off to the pub or the parade, we thought we’d help set the mood early in the day with a nice holiday-themed playlist.
We rounded up 17 green, golden, lucky and rainbow-filled songs to properly sound-track your St. Patty’s Day. (Did we miss any other cliches, readers? No, no — we already have “Top O’ The Mornin’” taken care of, silly.) Head below to get an earful of pop gold! More »
Two weeks ago, Rudimental
made headlines when they tossed a photo on Instagram
indicating that they’d just recorded new material with Game
and Ed Sheeran
. Earlier this week, the hit-making UK drum and bass/dance-pop act played a gig in Central Park with their friend Emeli Sande
, and we took the opportunity to lure the lads into our studio and have a chat — and it turns out Game and Ed weren’t the only big names making music with the quartet recently.
“We did a session in L.A., in La La Land, with Ed Sheeran, and The Game turned up as well,” explains Rudimental’s Amir Amor. “[Game] actually phoned [Ed Sheeran] and was like, ‘Hey, man, my girl really loves your music’…and Ed invited him to the studio… Ellie Goulding popped in as well.”
Watch the interview above. More »
was probably only hoping for good vibes surrounding his upcoming fifth studio album R.E.D.,
but no album release comes without controversy. The R&B singer recently got some heat for the name of his album, as rapper Game
came out with similarly-titled LP (The R.E.D. Album
) just last year. None of that heat, though, came from Game, who seems cool with the “Let’s Go”
artist using a similar album title: “I dont know what that’s about, but I’ve always known Ne-Yo to be a cool dude, so I’m pretty sure he got his reasoning,” he told XXL mag
It’s not often we see two artists avoiding a beef. Well done, guys. Now let’s enjoy the first musical offering off of R.E.D., the mellow jam “Lazy Love”. More »
This week Billboard
published its final charts dated in the 2011 calendar year. All in all, there were 31 LPs that rose to #1 on the Top 200 in 2011, several of which we highlighted in both our Summer
and Fall Music Previews
. We dissected the 13 chart-toppers from the first half of the year
back in late June. (Adele’s 21
still ruled when all was said and done, with over 5 million copies sold
by the end of December.) Now flip through the gallery of the 18 albums that triumphed from July on!
It seems Kid Cudi isn’t the only MC
in the game who will appear on October/November cover of Complex
— “rap’s most controversial rookie” Kreayshawn also graces the front of some of the issues of the mag. And, boy, is her interview ever an education! The “Gucci Gucci”
rapstress discusses her beef with Game, her days as a drug runner and a Craigslist pimp and how she never set out to get a record deal. We’ve rounded up some of her quotes from the piece below. Read on!
The chart throne has been overtaken by Game, who bumps Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaborative LP Watch The Throne
down to #2 with The R.E.D. Album
this week. The record sold 98,000 copies in its first week, and overall it’s the third #1 for the Cali MC on Billboard
‘s Top 200. Game leads a trio of high debuts, which include Barbra Streisand’s Whatever Matters Most
(#4, 66,000) and Hell On Heels
by Miranda Lambert’s side project Pistol Annies (#6, 42,000). Catch the full Top 10 below.
The MTV Video Music Awards isn’t the only kudos-fest set to go down this weekend. Last night the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards were handed out in Hollywood’s Pantages Theater, and to do it up right, a number of hip hop performers paid homage to the legendary winner Snoop Dogg with a trio of tributes: Wiz Khalifa took on “Nuthin’ But A G Thang,” Game hit the stage with “Murder Was The Case,” and Nas joined Kurupt and Daz Dillinger for “The Next Episode.” Head below to see if these entertainers did Cori B.’s dad justice in videos of the perfs brought to you by RapUp.com. More »