It’s no secret that Kanye West is a humbly vain person, as is the Instagram-loving Madonna. So when the two stars came together for a once-in-a-lifetime selfie, the result was just magic! Both artists attended the Keep A Child Alive‘s 11th Annual Black Ball in NYC last night (October 30), and found time to share their best Blue Steel poses. The pop legend posted the picture on her Instagram, with the caption: “Self Obsession much? #unapologeticbitches”
Madonna has also been cooking up some tunes with Nas. The rapper shared a photo of himself and Madge in the studio, with the singer licking his face (classy). But can you imagine what that collaboration will sound like? She is working hard on her forthcoming thirteenth (!!) studio album, and has been spotted in the studio with music superstars like Alicia Keys, Avicii and Diplo. Natalia Kills and MNEK have also discussed their experience working with Madonna on the new project.
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Lorde talks how she took charge of the third Hunger Games soundtrack in Billboard‘s November issue – highlighting the meetings, cold calls and the artistic risks. She emphasizes that she wouldn’t have been satisfied with making an EP, as suggested by Lionsgate — the Hollywood studio behind the franchise. She also says that with Mockingjay – Part 1, she fulfilled a personal career goal of hers. “I’d really wanted to A&R a record,” she says to Billboard. “And I basically got to do that.”
All of this helps to portray Lorde as a singular artist, someone who would actually pair The Chemical Brothers with Miguel (“This Is Not a Game”) and feature Q-Tip, Pusha T, HAIM and herself on the same song. What’s also memorable is how she revealed that yes, she still gets nervous. “I’m the worst person ever at talking to people I don’t know on the phone — I can’t even order pizza,” Lorde says of reaching out to personal idol Kanye West. “I would put off calling him. I’d say, it’s 12:57, I’ll do it at 1.” More »
Did You Hear?
:: Taylor Swift has already claimed her status as a true New Yorker (she even made a song about it), and now the singer is crowned the NYC Welcome Ambassador! Her main duty will be representing the city for incoming tourists. [MTV]
:: Sam Smith is the latest star featured in Vibe magazine, and the Brit talks about the constant Adele comparisons, Lady Gaga, his fear of coming out, and why he doesn’t like twerking. Read all about it here.
:: We’ve already made the announcement that Prince will take over the Saturday Night Live stage on November 1, but more details have come forth! The legendary entertainer will perform for eight minutes straight, a first in the 40-year history of the show. How cool is that? [via press release]
:: Boy, are those Directioners loyal! One Direction‘s fans helped their “Steal My Girl” video break the Vevo record for the most views in 24 hours. The record was previously broken by Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” visual. [PopCrush]
:: Finally, there is some type of bonding in the female rap community! Missy Elliot, Lil Kim and Da Brat plan to reunite at this year’s Soul Train Awards. The trio co-starred on 1997′s female anthem “Not Tonight.” Wendy Williams will host the Soul Train Awards, which will air on BET and Centric on November 30. [Billboard]
:: Like Britney Spears and possibly Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West could have been a huge Las Vegas star. But the rapper has reportedly turned down a $4.5 million offer for a residency at Planet Hollywood’s Axis Theater. [Billboard]
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Sketch comedy mainstay Saturday Night Live, now in its 40th year, can either be a career-launching platform or a soul-destroying one. And with each episode, artists take a gamble by walking onto the live series’ stage and giving it their all. (Well, sometimes they walk on stage only to jig off a minute later, but more on that below.)
We’ve started to notice a pattern here, which is that the SNL performances deemed to be “terrible” occur about every other year, and only in the even years. Right on schedule, Danish singer MØ backed up Iggy Azalea this past weekend, giving the show its first water-cooler live performance (in a not-so-good way) since Lana Del Rey in 2012.
Below, we rounded up five of the most dissed Saturday Night Live showings by musical acts from the past decade. We then took a closer look at what happened to their individual careers after the fact. Some were able to pick up the pieces (the pieces, the pieces of me), while others, well… More »
Over the summer, it was announced that Lorde will curate the soundtrack for the upcoming blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. We already got a taste of what the project will sound like, thanks to the singer’s haunting “Yellow Flicker Beat.” Yesterday, her collaboration with the Chemical Brothers and Miguel (“This Is Not A Game”) premiered on radio.
The singer pulled in some amazing talent for the project (which seem too good to be true), including Tove Lo, Tinashe, Bat For Lashes and Grace Jones. The collaborations are also unexpected: there’s a Kanye West remix of “Flicker,” Charli XCX with Duran Duran‘s Simon Bon and a mega-track with Lorde, Stromae, Pusha T, Q-Tip and HAIM.
Lorde’s solo tune from the soundtrack is already major, so there’s no doubt the rest of the artists will bring the heat. It will be available on November 17, while Mockingjay hits theaters on November 21. View the tracklist in its entirety after the jump. More »
Well, here’s one comparison you probably didn’t see coming.
Kanye West has been hard at work putting together the highly anticipated follow-up to his chilly 2013 collection Yeezus, dropping clues along the way and leaving us to pick up the pieces to try and decipher what to expect. (Have you checked out our 10 Things To Expect?)
Now, there’s even more tantalizing teases to add to the hype: In an interview with Rolling Stone, constant Yeezy collaborator and G.O.O.D. Music signee Malik Yusef dished on the sound of the upcoming LP — and confirmed that, despite having “20 finished songs,” it’s not done yet. More »
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian got booed when they arrived at Lanvin Paris’ Fashion Week show on September 25, as shown in a new video from TMZ. The couple showed up at the front row after the rest of the audience was already seated. So when West heard a few hecklers act up, he walked past the photographers crowding around his wife to address them directly.
“Alber [Elbaz] asked us to see us,” the Yeezus rapper said, referring to Lanvin’s creative director. “Don’t boo us. Alber asked to see us. Don’t boo us. We’re not late. We’re not late.”
Those hecklers were reportedly runway photographers. “The runway photographers were all just booing them as they walked in,” an unnamed source said to Page Six [via Complex]. “They were waiting for them for the show [to start], which was 40 minutes late. Kanye immediately walked over and was gesturing for them to cut it out.” See the video below. More »
Yeezy season is finally approaching! We’ve been getting teasers, snippets and brief interview mentions of Kanye West‘s forthcoming seventh studio album, but it seems like the LP release date is near.
West has been in Paris enjoying the city’s fashion week events alongside wife Kim Kardashian, but last night (September 24) the rapper previewed his new album for a small group of guests at a dinner party. Theophilus London, a fellow rapper and West’s mentee, Instagrammed a photo of the two at the event, stating that ‘Ye played the album – not one – but THREE times in a row! More »
Lorde will never be a royal…but perhaps she’s down with being a God?
According to a new item today in Page Six (so go ahead and take this one with a heavy grain of salt), rapper/media fixation Kanye West is reportedly eying a collaboration with the Pure Heroine brooding alt-pop songstress.
From Page Six:
Kanye West is back from his concert dates in Australia and is about to start recording with Lorde, sources tell Page Six. After his headline-grabbing appearance in Sydney, West touched down in LA on Tuesday with Kim Kardashian and baby North and is ready to head back into the studio with the edgy female artist. Music industry sources say it makes sense for West and Lorde to record together — she has cited the rapper as an influence and covered his songs on tour, including “Flashing Lights” and the “Yeezus” track “Hold My Liquor.” Their reps didn’t get back to us.
Guess what? Big Sean
has signed up with Roc Nation. And guess what else? The Detroit rapper is celebrating his new home by popping four brand new tracks onto his SoundCloud. The first one, “Paradise,” was produced by Mike WiLL Made-It
. That flows into what is easily the eyebrow-raiser of this collection: the DJ Mustard
and Kanye West
co-production “I Don’t Fuck With You,” which finds Sean verbally slamming his ex
star Naya Rivera
, left and right. More »