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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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Did You Hear?
:: 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 »
The goddamn mic has been dropped on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos
, and Donatella Versace
had the final word. For her stunning clip, the Grand Drag Queen Of Fashion (no, no Karl Lagerfeld
— have a seat, bitch) sat her hot ass in front of a camera and muttered something or other in Donatella-ese while two ridiculously ripped model dudes lorded over her with buckets that look like they cost the Average Joe’s annual salary a piece.
Lady Versace screwed up ALS by calling it “ASL,” but when she went to correct herself, it was too late — Himbo 1 and Himbo 2 poured their buckets on Donatella’s iconic wig, causing her to let out the same blood-curdling shriek we did when we found out will.i.am was exec-producing Britney‘s last album. More »
Those oft-discussed studio sessions
between “I Will Never Let You Go”
pop chanteuse Rita Ora
and His Royal Badness himself Prince
are finally starting to see the light of day, beginning with a track called “The Single Most Amazing.”
The Prince-penned jam, which was produced by Josh Welton is featured in a behind-the-scenes clip from the Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2015 campaign.
The song sees the songstress sensuously purring above a throbbing pulse, luxurious guitars and bright horns. “She looked up and there he was, and now she’s firmly distracted/Up and down in fact, because…definitely attracted,” she sings. It’s a fairly less accessibly Top 40 radio-friendly shift in sound for the usually pop-oriented diva (especially considering her latest hit), although her capable chops allow her to be a sonic chameleon and get into slinkier sounds. And who better to do it with than The Purple One?
While Prince teased a track based on the #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin meme on Twitter, it (sadly) doesn’t sound like this is the one. And, lucky for us, there are plenty more collaborations still to come: According to Rap-Up, there’s an “aggressive” rap song in the mix too. Exciting! (Maybe.)
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ruled this year’s Essence Fest. He kicked off his July 4 headlining set in New Orleans by performing 14 hits in a row – “You know how many hits I got?” he shouted – to nearly 50,000 fans, or the largest single-night Essence crowd since Hurricane Katrina. “Prince has requested everyone wear PURPLE to his #EssenceFest performance,” the festival tweeted prior to his set. Everyone obliged
But when Prince joined Chic‘s Nile Rodgers during his set, he followed the disco guitarist’s lead instead. This led to the two covering David Bowie‘s “Let’s Dance,” the hit title track from the Thin White Duke’s 1983 #1 album – and, based on the screams in fan footage, one of the festival’s best moments. More »