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Prince Remixes Janelle Monae’s “Q.U.E.E.N.”: Listen

Prince is up to something this year. He’s done a handful of concerts and has been rolling out some exciting new material in recent months, but with typical misdirection and mystery. For his latest trick, the Purple One has remixed Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu‘s wonderful “Q.U.E.E.N.,” turning it into an ’80s-style funk number. (That undulating bass line certainly brings to mind Digital Underground‘s “The Humpty Dance.”)

The original song is off Monae’s forthcoming album The Electric Lady, and Prince is making a rare guest spot on one of the tracks. Hear his remix below. More »

Will Jennifer Lopez Return To ‘American Idol’?: Morning Mix

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:: Jennifer Lopez reportedly wants to return to American Idol as a judge. “J.LO’s manager, Benny Medina, was in talks with Fox even before Mariah [Carey] and Nicki [Minaj] announced their departures last week,” a source said. [Radar Online]

:: Janelle Monae had a chat about her first time meeting Prince, who appears on her follow-up to The ArchAndroid. She says that she wasn’t too familiar with his music, a circumstance that actually worked in her favor. “I think it was probably for a good reason, because I would probably not be able to have a conversation with him,” she says. (Skip to 1:50:00.) [BBC]

:: The Grand Ole Opry, “country’s most famous stage,” released a tribute video to Carrie Underwood and her five years in its roster thus far. Highlights include footage from when Randy Travis asked her to join. (“Hmm, let me think about it,” Underwood said.) [YouTube]

:: Katy Perry and John Mayer were spotted at West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont on Friday night — albeit with a 15-person entourage. Mayer confirmed his split with Perry back in April. [People]

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Janelle Monae’s ‘The Electric Lady’ To Feature Prince & Miguel: Plus, See Her ‘Billboard’ Cover

Janelle Monae covers the new issue of Billboard, and she revealed to the mag that her new album will feature Prince and Miguel. This is very exciting! Those high profile cameos, of course, are in addition to The Electric Lady‘s fierce “Q.U.E.E.N.” feature from Erykah Badu.

As with the Badu collaboration, the Prince track came about through friendship. “We are great friends, and he is a mentor to us, to me,” Monae said of the Purple One. “It’s not every day that he collaborates. I’m honored and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted. I can’t say too much else about it.” She didn’t reveal the Prince track’s name, but the Miguel cut is called “Primetime,” and it’s a “love duet” that interpolates Pixies‘ “Where Is My Mind?” That is also very exciting! More »

Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL’s “Fixurlifeup” Video: The Best ’90s-Leaning Rock Jam You’ll Hear In 2013

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Picture all the big clove-smoking early-to-mid-’90s crunchy girl guitar groups colliding with Sly & The Family Stone for a midnight jam session at the coffeehouse, and the results would surely be something akin to “Fixurlifeup,” the cool, weird new song Prince and his protege’s 3RDEYEGIRL dropped last month. Actually, I take that back — it’s not weird at all. It sounds straight-up like something out of a time capsule that was buried in 1993.

The video provides another flashback moment, as we see the Purple One himself looking not unlike he did during his rocked-out Billboard Music Awards performance this past Sunday (May 19): ageless, lithe and ever the star. The ‘fro suits him well, too. More »

Billboard Music Awards 2013: The 10 Best & Worst Moments

Well! It was a dreary night at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, wasn’t it? There were forty performances each from Pitbull and! They only gave out three awards! Justin Bieber talked at length about his craft! Host Tracy Morgan sputtered all of his lines and could barely read the teleprompter! Yes, it was one for the books, folks. One for the books.

That said, there were still some highlights — a handful of exceptional performances and some nice moments of shade-throwing from various members of the pop glitterati — and, well, some lowlights. (Remember when Miguel almost killed somebody? Yeah. That was a bummer.) Let’s recap! (And if you missed any performances, you can watch them all here.) More »

Billboard Music Awards 2013: Watch The Performances

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The red jacket. Those moves. That hair. Is it just us, or was Bruno Mars looking a little extra Michael Jackson-esque, circa Off The Wall and Thriller, as he tore through “Treasure” at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 19) night? Oh, it’s just us? Sorry — too much boxed wine at dinner time.

Bruno and his band kicked off the Billboard awards at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena , amid a disco ball-strewn set that looked straight out of a 1981 episode of Solid Gold. Then Selena Gomez twirled through her “Come & Get It” Indian schtick in all gold. And Chris Brown sounded terrible and looked crazy while knocking of better artists’ dance moves.

Watch these magical moments and many, many more below! More »

Billboard Music Awards 2013: A Viewer’s Guide

The Billboard Music Awards are doled out based on chart success, sales and touring performance, so you have to respect that they’re the one awards show that’s at least up front about this whole spectacle being about money and not art. But because they’re based on readily available numbers, you know what you’re getting. That makes the BBMAs perhaps the most unnecessary of music awards shows (all of which are unnecessary on some level).

However! The Billboard Awards are also great because when you’re using the charts as the metric for quality, then you only hob-knob with the biggest of the big names in pop music. Thus, the collection of performers and presenters here comprises pretty much everyone who matters in music. That’s how you get Prince sharing the stage with peers like Pitbull. It’s ludicrous, but it’s also a show of music’s incredible reach. You’ve all heard almost all of this stuff. So that makes this a very populist awards ceremony, perhaps even one of the last hallmarks of the musical monoculture. Or maybe it’s just a cash-grab for acts who’ve already grabbed all the cash.

Whichever it is, you know you’ll watch it. So read on for everything you need to know about the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. (Oh, they air live on ABC from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET. You probably need to know that, too.) More »

Prince Debuts New Song “FIXURLIFEUP,” Off New Album ‘Plectrum Electrum’

Prince, this year’s Billboard Icon, has debuted a song off his new album with proteges 3rd Eye Girl, tentatively titled Plectrum Electrum. “FIXURLIFEUP” is more rock-oriented than, say, “1999,” although Prince’s spoken word may as well be a thesis statement to his entire career. “Don’t worry about what the crowd does, just worry about being what you love,” he says, before he wields a guitar solo to funky bass.

CBC Canada premiered “FIXURLIFEUP” on Friday, in time for tonight’s Live Out Loud tour launch party in Vancouver. According to music news website Dr. Funkenberry, Prince will make a brief appearance so that he and 3rd Eye Girl could perform songs off Plectrum Electrum. Hear “FIXURLIFEUP” at CBC, then check out a brief jam session featuring Prince and 3rd Eye Girl after the jump. More »

Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars & Miguel To Perform At Billboard Music Awards

Some of the most successful artists of 2012 will be hitting the stage in Sin City for the Billboard Music Awards. Taylor Swift, Justin BieberBruno Mars and Miguel are set to perform at the ceremony in Las Vegas on May 19. And they’ve certainly earned the slot: Swift, Bieber and Mars each spent time atop the Billboard 200 for last year’s albums, and Miguel dominated a host of year-end best-of lists.

The youngsters will have their work cut out for them, though, as Prince is also performing at the show (and receiving the Billboard Icon Award). Those four newly announced performers are also nominated for the Milestone Award, along with Pitbull and The Band Perry (um, good luck, you two!), which is determined by fan voting. More »

John Mayer Confirms Split With Katy Perry: Morning Mix

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:: John Mayer appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday (April 2) and confirmed he and Katy Perry have split. But he did it with class! Refusing to get into details, Mayer told the host, “It was a very private relationship going in. It was a private relationship during, and it’s a private relationship, still.” [Ellen]

:: Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation management company has launched Roc Nation Sports, and its first signee is New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. BuzzFeed was quick to point out that the last time a rapper got into the sports agent game (Master P), it didn’t go so well. [Billboard]

:: Well that was fast! The unrated version of Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” video has been removed from YouTube. But don’t worry, if you’ve still got a hankering to watch Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell dance with topless ladies and a goat, the explicit version is still available on Vevo. [Associated Press]

:: Prince continues his war against social media, this time putting Twitter’s video service, Vine, in his sights. His label sent a copyright complaint to the company, requesting that eight six-second clips featuring his music be removed. [AV Club]

:: Tegan & Sara are on the cover of The Advocate for the magazine’s fifth annual “40 Under 40″ issue, which lists “the up-and-coming LGBT leaders in politics, science, the arts, and more.” [The Advocate]

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