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Tony Awards 2014: Watch Hugh Jackman, T.I. And LL Cool J’s “Rock Island” Rap From ‘The Music Man’

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Tearin' It Up At The Tonys
Flashy Broadway fare like Hedwig And The Angry Inch, A Raisin In The Sun and All The Way proved to be big winners at the 2014 Tony Awards on Sunday evening (June 8), but it was host Hugh Jackman‘s pair-up with LL Cool J and T.I. for a rap version of “Rock Island,” the opening number from 1957 classic The Music Man, that has everyone either still talking over the watercooler or just scratching their head altogether. And, according to CNN, you can thank Questlove for producing that drum beat..

Let’s just blame Ellen DeGeneres and her damn star-studded selfie seen ’round the world from the Oscars for this stunt, as well as the fact that every award show host from here on out has their surprise-factor work cut out for them.

Watch Hugh, LL and Tip cut it up at the Tonys above. More »

Lorde To Perform At Grammy Nominations Show With Katy Perry & Taylor Swift

Lorde has been added to the line-up to the Grammy Awards nominations special concert, which broadcasts live from Los Angeles at 10 p.m. ET on CBS this Friday. Oh, the Grammy Awards nominations concert, titled The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night? Yes, you remember it from last year — that thing where LL Cool J (who’s hosting again this year!) runs through the nominations in a deeply awkward way, interspersed with inexplicable performances. It’s weird. Real weird.

At any rate, here’s what you can expect: Lorde will perform (hopefully shooting a withering look at LL Cool J as she mutters, “That simpleton,” under her breath), and T.I. and Robin Thicke will also perform “Blurred Lines” alongside members of Earth, Wind & Fire, and Keith Urban will sing Bill Withers‘ “Ain’t No Sunshine” with Miguel, and also there will be pre-taped performances from Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, so if it sounds like music’s strangest night, you’re already right.  More »

Britney Spears Plans On Taking A Long Break After Next Album: Morning Mix

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:: Britney Spears‘ forthcoming eight album, Britney Jean, marks her 14th year in the business (and as the reigning Princess of Pop). But the singer wants to take a break after the album releases on December 3. She recently told BBC Radio 1, “I’ll take a break after this one for a while” as she plans on growing her family. [Celebuzz]

:: Kanye West‘s upcoming Yeezus tour is shaping up to be a major one, with A Tribe Called QuestFlying Lotus and Pusha T added to the guest appearances! They will be joining previously announced opening act Kendrick Lamar when the tour begins on October 19 in Seattle, WA. [Gigwise]

:: Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) has now taken up a new moniker – Snoopzilla. The rapper-turned-reggae artist will be recording under the new name for an upcoming funk album with Dâm-Funk. Their collaboration LP is set to release on December 10. [Pitchfork]

:: Nirvana, KISS, LL Cool J, Hall and Oates and N.W.A. join many others for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees. The 29th annual ceremony will take place in New York City in April 2014, and is scheduled to air on HBO in May. [SPIN]

:: Many people went up in arms about Robin Thicke‘s racy “Blurred Lines” video, and Charlotte Church is the latest person to talk about it. The Welsh singer recently said the video is “crass and misogynistic” and called the R&B crooner “a mediocre artist.” Ouch! [Gigwise]

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LL Cool J Slightly Shades Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Samsung Giveaway: Watch

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LL Cool J recently spoke to Diddy‘s Revolt TV about the controversial release method of Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail, which was given to one million Samsung users for free (as long as they provided some personal information, but that’s a whole other story). And the iconic MC isn’t exactly down with the giveaway dynamic.

“As an artist I still want to be able to touch the people individually. It still matters to me that people individually went out and bought my record,” he said. “Although I still think a million sold is a million sold…I like to know that a million people went out and bought my album, not that I sold a million records to a company, that’s different.” LL did add that he agrees with the RIAA’s move to instantly certify MCHG with Platinum status.

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LL Cool J’s ‘Authentic’: Album Review

LL Cool J rose to fame through a series of firsts. In his 1984 debut single “I Need a Beat,” the scrappy and still-teenaged MC laid his braggadocio down to a precise, hard-hitting backbeat — production that the LP’s label described as “Reduced by Rick Rubin.” LL’s debut Radio became one of hip hop’s first commercially successful albums. “I Need Love” was the first rap song to be a #1 R&B hit. LL paved the way for Eminem and Drake by becoming one of the first rappers to achieve pop stardom. Yes, he was also accused of selling out.

But the more the mainstream paid attention to rap, the bigger the genre grew. So, for most of his 13-album deal with Def Jam, LL Cool J chased after rap’s most notable sounds and names, from West Coast-style rap reporting (14 Shots To The Dome) to Timbaland (The DEFinition). For 14th album Authentic (out today, April 30), LL has enlisted funk forefathers (Bootsy Collins), ’90s R&B stars (Seal) and Snoop Dogg, upon his own Reincarnation. Based on the tracklist, Authentic appears to be another first — that is, his first decisively retro affair. More »

‘SNL’ Talks “Accidental Racist” (With “LL Cool J” And “Brad Paisley”): Watch

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When Brad Paisley and LL Cool J talked about their new song “Accidental Racist,” they emphasized that it aimed to start a conversation, albeit one that began, “If you don’t judge my gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chains.” On Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update featuring the newfound collaborators, “LL Cool J” (Kenan Thompson) reconsidered those very lines: “Did I say that? Hmm. Kind of sounded different when I said it to my MacBook.” More »

LL Cool J Talks “Accidental Racist’ On ‘The Tonight Show’: Watch

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“Ultimately I can’t defend the song, but I can clarify my intentions,” LL Cool J said on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, of Brad Paisley‘s controversial “Accidental Racist” and his contributing verse. The hip-hop pioneer went on to say that his lyrics (“If you don’t judge my gold chains / I’ll forget the iron chains”) weren’t meant to sound dismissive of U.S. history with slavery — they were meant to start a conversation, as civil as one centered around racial tension could be.

“If you gonna have a dialogue with someone, if I want to get along with someone who I don’t understand, I can’t walk into their living room with a baseball bat and start smashing their furniture and tell them what they owe me,” LL Cool J said to Leno. “That doesn’t work.” More »

Brad Paisley Explains Odd “Accidental Racist” Collab With LL Cool J On ‘Ellen’: Morning Mix

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Accidental Controversy?
:: Brad Paisley went on Ellen to explain his head-scratcher of a collaboration with LL Cool J, “Accidental Racist.” (Watch above.) Paisley said the track offers music the chance to “have the conversation,” instead of Hollywood or talk radio. (Although, isn’t LL part of Hollywood?) For his part, LL sounded pretty earnest when he told Grantland he wanted to be “courageous” and take collaborating artists out of their comfort zone. [Gossip Cop]

:: Justin Bieber got a new haircut, and it looks a bit like Rihanna or Miley Cyrus, we can’t tell. Peep Biebs’ new ‘do and let us know what you think! [PopDust]

:: Snoop Lion is partnering with MTV for a gun buyback initiative for the release of his single, “No Guns Allowed.” As part of the collaboration, bracelets from gun metal will be sold with all profits going to help fund gun buyback amnesty programs. [MTV]

:: Taylor Swift may remain single forever. Her words! The star recently told Wonderland Magazine that she has no idea what the future holds for her and she’s quite happy with that. [Digital Spy]

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LL Cool J’s ‘Authentic’ Tracklist: A Nostalgia-Fest With Snoop Dogg, Monica, Seal & Eddie Van Halen

LL Cool J has unveiled the album artwork and tracklist for Authentic, out April 30. And in keeping with the nostalgic Kings of the Mic tour, apparently by “authentic” LL means “throwback.” The album is loaded with old school guest spots including: Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Earth, Wind & Fire, Seal, Monica and freaking Eddie Van Halen. One of the few new school guests, Fitz and The Tantrums, even sounds old school. So the cameos may be all over the place, but there seems to be a unified theme here. Oh, and also Brad Paisley is on a song. It’s wild.

It’s worth noting that only one song title (the opener) isn’t followed by “featuring,” and there’s no sign of LL’s new tracks “Ratchet” and “Take It.” Head below for the full tracklist. More »

LL Cool J Announces Kings Of The Mic Tour With Ice Cube: See The Dates

LL Cool J is hitting the road this summer to promote his forthcoming album Authentic. A few weeks after the LP’s April 30 release, LL will headline the Kings of the Mic tour. And it looks like nostalgia tours are no longer solely the domain of rockers, as he’s bringing along Ice Cube (you probably know him for his acting work), Public Enemy and De La Soul.

The trek will hit a bunch of midsize arenas and outdoor amphitheaters for 26 US dates, starting May 23 in Tucson, AZ and finishing up July 5 at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Head to LL Cool J’s Facebook page for ticket information, and check out the full list of dates after the jump. More »