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:: Jennifer Lopez, already a triple threat, has become a New York Times best-selling author with her first-ever book. True Love, a memoir, divulges intimate details of her high-profile relationships with the likes of Ben Affleck and Marc Anthony. [NYT]
:: Britney Spears hosted a #6SecondsOfSpears Q&A over the weekend. Fans learned what she orders at Starbucks, what she keeps in her purse, and what she wants for Christmas this year. [Twitter]
:: Rihanna‘s #R8 could be arriving “closer than anyone realized,” according to music industry insider DJ Skee. He also claims that a new Beyonce single will arrive this week. [SPIN]
:: Prince invited rising R&B auteur FKA Twigs to his Paisley Park studios to perform a surprise show on November 15. “Words cannot express my feeling right now,” a spectator said. [Okayplayer]
:: Pitbull is among several Latin acts performing at the Calibash festival, January 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale November 21. [Billboard]
:: Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B debuted over the weekend, to a slew of criticism from viewers. (Star Alexandra Shipp‘s singing was just one of their many concerns.) The biopic’s producers admitted that the fury “was hard to ignore, but you can’t dwell on it.” [The Washington Post]
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It looks like Prince is finally embracing social media! The 56-year-old, who started conservatively by opening a Twitter account, seems to have found his groove — posting a selfie (where you can actually see his face) on Facebook this morning (November 11). What’s next? Uploading his iconic music videos to YouTube? That’s unlikely but stranger things have happened.
2014 has heralded something of a Prince revival. The pop legend dropped two albums — Plectrumelectrum and Art Official Age — collaborated with artists as diverse as Kendrick Lamar and Rita Ora. He also put on an eight-minute master class in performance art on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live. See the “Purple Rain” hitmaker’s pics after the jump. More »
Prince‘s performance on Saturday Night Live has been highly anticipated and tonight (November 1), the musician showed the audience just what makes him so legendary. This marked his third appearance on the show (which was hosted by Chris Rock), and the first since 2006.
He made history by entertaining the audience with a medley of four songs — “Clouds” (performed with UK singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas), “Plectrumelectrum,” “Marz” and “Another Love.” The 8-minute long set was the first for the sketch show’s 40-year run. Rocking his signature afro and three-framed sunglasses, Prince and his band members rocked the crowd with a stadium-sized energy that was filled with electric guitar riffs, funky piano melodies and hard-hitting drums. More »
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:: 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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Prince is bringing his legendary presence to the Saturday Night Live stage, as he is set to perform on the sketch show on November 1! Comedian and former SNL cast member Chris Rock will also return as the night’s host. This marks Prince’s third appearance on the show, and his first since 2006.
The entertainer took to his newly formed Facebook page to announce the news, which came with a hilarious photo of Chris Rock dressed in classic Prince garb. This all comes after the September 30 release of not one, but two albums from the musician – his 33rd (!!) studio LP, ART OFFICIAL AGE, as well as the debut LP from his band 3rdEyeGirl, PLECTRUMELECTRUM. Read on to see the funny Facebook post. More »
Country gives the Billboard 200 a kick in the butt this week, as Blake Shelton sails into the top spot (thus knocking Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s Cheek To Cheek down to #4) and Lady Antebellum land in the runner-up position. Shelton’s Bringing Back The Sunshine arrives on the strength of 101,000 copies sold in the LP’s first week, down from the 199,000 the Voice coach‘s previous album Based On A True Story opened with.
Country-pop trio Lady Antebellum enter the Billboard 200 at #2 with 747 after moving 74,000 copies. Meanwhile, Prince has two debuts in the Top 10 this time around: Art Official Age goes in at #5 (51,000), while collaborative 3rdeyegirl album Plectrumelectrum starts at #8 (26,000).
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:: Diddy and Jennifer Lopez may have broken up a while ago (try almost 15 years!), but the hip-hop mogul still can’t get over that booty! During a visit to Access Hollywood Live, he said this about the singer’s new music video: “Oh my God. I’m so lucky to have that great woman in my history,” he raved. “She is one of the greatest I’ve ever seen! Show them, J! Go girl! Go girl!” [Celebuzz]
:: Law & Order: SVU re-created the infamous Jay Z/Solange elevator fight in this week’s episode (which aired yesterday, October 1) – titled “American Disgrace.” Harsh much? The show previously aired an episode heavily influenced by Rihanna and Chris Brown‘s domestic battle. [MTV News]
:: Michael Jackson keeps promoting his work, even from the grave! The iconic entertainer’s “Thriller” video will be transformed into 3D. It it set to be released on Blu-Ray/DVD next year, and possibly in theaters as well. [Complex]
:: On the last leg of his “Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour,” Drake threw some humorous shots at his former nemesis Chris Brown. The singer joked that if he had Breezy’s smooth dance moves, then maybe things could’ve worked out with ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Let’s hope this remains a joke. [MTV News]
:: Yesterday, Prince officially joined Facebook for the sole purpose of chatting with fans for a live Q&A. It took him three hours to begin the Q&A, and he only decided to answer one question. Leave it to Prince! [Consequence of Sound]
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There’s still speculation whether or not Kendrick Lamar and Prince are working on a collaboration, and the two fueled the rumor mill by performing together on stage! The rapper joined the music legend for the album release celebration for Art Official Age and 3RDEYEGIRL‘s PLECTRUMELECTRUM, at the historic Paisley Park studios.
During the broadcasted performance on Yahoo, Lamar came on stage to add an energetic verse to Prince’s “What’s My Name” – a rare track from the 1988 Crystal Ball box set. It’s clear that Prince is a fan of the younger generation of artists – he recently played a brief snippet of his song with Rita Ora. More »
As part of the celebration for his new albums, his solo Art Official Age and 3RDEYEGIRL‘s PLECTRUMELECTRUM (which both dropped on September 30), Prince gave fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look of the release party. Along with a tour of his Paisley Park studio and a 20-minute live set of new music, the rocker also previewed a new track with Rita Ora.
Before his concert, Prince asked Josh Welton (the co-producer of Art Official Age) to play the snippet featuring Ora. What came out of the speakers is a sound we typically don’t associate with the “I Will Never Let You Down” singer. Instead of her comfort zone of bubbly synths, the song reveals edgy vocals that are laid over a savage, electronic-based production fit for a rockstar. More »
Kendrick Lamar is reportedly attending a Prince album release event next week in Minneapolis, a source says to VIBE. With that in mind, fans started wondering whether these two artists have a collaboration in store.
Prince will release not one, but two albums on September 30: For solo effort ART OFFICIAL AGE, he teamed with songwriter Josh Welton for songs combining soul, funk and R&B, like power ballad “The Breakdown.” PLECTRUMELECTRUM has Prince backed by 3RDEYEGIRL, the funk-rock band that toured the UK with him earlier this year.
As Prince makes his landmark return to music, Lamar has been readying the anticipated follow-up to his 2012 debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. More »