K. Michelle and Rick Ross are both on their hustle at the moment: The two are right in the middle of promoting their brand new records. Ross’ Hood Billionaire, released at the end of November, came in at #6 on the Billboard 200, while the R&B songbird’s new LP, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?, is also on track for a Top 10 debut. And now, the two have teamed up to do some dual promo in the form a performance on last night’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Backed by The Roots, the two tore into their sexy Timbaland-produced collaboration, “If They Knew.” As the performance went on, K. belted out the song’s melodic hooks while Ross rapped, remaining largely mesmerized by Michelle’s, erm, assets. Their on-stage chemistry is certainly palpable, judging by all that flirty grinding. Oh, and the way Ricky Rozay shouted out both of their albums in the final few moments of the performance was a nice touch, too! Watch their performance up top, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Jordin Sparks spent her weekend on a mixtape called #ByeFelicia, as in Ice Cube’s best Friday line-turned-enduring meme. Her new music is out Tuesday. [Instagram]
:: B.o.B. revealed that he will be featured on Jodeci‘s comeback album, for the lead single “Nobody Wins.” Meanwhile, he says there’s a “strong possibility” that he will also be on Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter V. [Rap-Up]
:: 5 Seconds of Summer will release its first live album, LIVESOS, on December 15. The 15-song set follows this year’s No. 1 self-titled debut and is available for pre-order now. [Billboard]
:: Rick Ross earned a new fanbase of USA Pears, after he revealed that he ate pears to get #RossFit (“Shoutout to all the pear”). “On behalf of our 1,600 pear growers from the Northwest region, we are pleased that Rick has mentioned the health benefits of pears,” a spokesperson said. [Modern Farmer]
:: Actress Katherine Heigl revealed that she used her friend John Mayer to nab her now-husband Josh Kelley. “[O]ver the phone, because he was on tour, I was like, ‘Josh, I’ve got to be honest. I just want to know where we stand because if not, I might try to pursue something with John,’” she said. Not only was she lying, but Mayer had no idea. [E!]
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Jeremih is currently riding high on the Billboard Hot 100 with irresistible hook-up anthem “Don’t Tell ‘Em”. (It remains steady this week at number six). Produced by DJ Mustard, the catchy club banger is unavoidable at radio and has been soundtracking parties for months due to its sexy lyrics — it brought “Twitter pussy” to the mainstream — and arguably the catchiest hook of 2014.
The song has already received a Spanglish remix courtesy of Pitbull but the 27-year-old takes the song in an edgier direction by inviting Rick Ross to contribute a rap. Teflon Don, who recently lost an astonishing amount of weight, keeps it surprisingly clean — bragging about his swag instead. Thankfully, there’s also room for YG‘s verse because it makes the song. Listen after the jump. More »
T.I. has revealed the tracklist for his ninth studio album Paperwork: The Motion Picture, out October 21.
While the Atlanta rapper has teased collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Busta Rhymes and B.o.B., none of those cameos will appear on the album. Instead, executive producer Pharrell appears on two songs, including the album’s title track. Jeezy and Rick Ross appear on one song each. T.I. has also teamed up with a few R&B stars: Usher, Chris Brown (on a song called “Private Show,” no less) and The-Dream.
So far, T.I. has built up anticipation for Paperwork with a few high-profile collaborations: Last spring he dropped “About the Money,” featuring Atlanta’s most compelling (and Nicki Minaj-approved) rap weirdo Young Thug. Later he released the feel-good, DJ Mustard-produced “No Mediocre,” featuring his Grand Hustle affiliate Iggy Azalea. Then T.I. added to the conversation surrounding the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown with “New National Anthem,” featuring Skylar Grey.
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Well, it looks like Ed Sheeran is getting that street cred he’s been fighting for all along.
Recently releasing his slightly bizarre rags-to-riches music video for “Don’t” earlier this month, the British crooner is now teaming up with the Maybach Music Group big bawse Rick Ross for a new remix of the Rick-Rubin/Benny-Blanco-co-produced track. While the tune itself doesn’t change much, Rozay’s (aka Thick Smoke) verse proves ever-menacing as he raps about the finer things in life: his yacht, his red Yeezy’s and how he has “the streets tweaking.” What’s more, Ed finally let’s it all out, and drops a few much-needed f-bombs.
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unveiled his “New Flame”
video this afternoon (August 14) and my mind immediately wandered to Britney Spears
‘ “Work Bitch”
extravaganza. Which is unusual because I’m still trying to forget that Britney Jean
ever happened. It just so happens that both videos were filmed at the same luxurious pool (or a very, very similar one).
Only instead of CGI sharks and dazed choreography, Breezy serves umbrella twisting and a shirtless cameo from international sex symbol Rick Ross. Fellow collaborator Usher also makes an appearance but — let’s be real — all eyes are on Teflon Don. The concept, which was first used by Mexican duo Prima J, is eye-catching but surely Chris had other options. Particularly when the song is this good. Watch both (equally glamorous) videos after the jump. More »
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:: Unretouched photos of Mariah Carey‘s Wonderland shoot possibly show that her jawline was thinned, breasts were augmented and her wrists thinned before publication. What may be just as offensive, though, is how these shots, to some, might reveal that Terry Richardson‘s trademark point-and-shoot style lends to shoddy photography. [Jezebel]
:: Speaking of Mariah, Arcade Fire violinist and arranger Owen Pallett has broken down exactly why listeners cannot resist her. “The truth about Mariah is this: her upper register is the musical equivalent of a black truffle. You could shave it on any shit and we’ll still order it.” [The Guardian]
:: Ed Sheeran tops BBC’s 1Xtra’s annual Power List. Given that 1Xtra bills itself as the “UK’s leading black music station,” listed grime pioneer Wiley has already taken issue with this choice. “Not taking anything away from ed ..he is sick . but black artist in england we are getting bumped,” he says. [SPIN]
:: Rick Ross assures fans that Meek Mill will release his sophomore album Dreams Worth More Than Money on time, despite him currently spending three to six months in prison for probation violation. A judge had ordered Meek Mill to cut back on scheduling shows, but the rapper refused. [MTV]
:: Clueless star-turned-Fox News contributor Stacey Dash criticized Kanye West‘s comparisons of dealing with the paparazzi to rape. Her comments make for surreal viewing, particularly since Dash starred in West’s 2004 “All Falls Down” video. [DjsDoingWork.com]
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, never one to set pop or R&B forward, has offered up “New Flame,” a cut that features Breezy on the first verse, Usher
on the second and a rap by Bawse Rick Ross
topping the whole thing off. The main hook here is a monotonous synth loop that runs throughout while all involved croon over the otherwise bright track.
“New Flame” is harmless enough, but if anything, it has us wondering why we’ve yet to hear that Breezy/Ariana Grande duet that was teased back in April? Give this new one a listen below. More »
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:: Lily Allen dedicated George W. Bush burn song “F*ck You” at Glastonbury to FIFA president Sepp Blatter: “…one of the most — well, actually not the most corrupt person — but annoyingly corrupt person there is in the world.” (Skip to 22:40 above.) [Vulture]
:: Speaking of the World Cup, Shakira is confirmed to perform her own tournament anthem, “Dare (La La La),” during the closing ceremony performance. She will join Santana, Wyclef Jean and Avicii in Rio de Janeiro on July 13. [Billboard]
:: Rick Ross was arrested on June 27, following his 2014 Superjam performance in Greensboro, N.C. Why? He failed to show up for a court date, regarding another arrest related to marijuana possession. [TMZ]
:: A Michael Jackson documentary, Michael Jackson: The Last Photoshoot, has triggered a lawsuit. The production company is suing Jackson’s estate, in attempts to prove it acquired the rights to use footage from an Ebony interview and photo shoo. The estate claims that said footage is private. [THR]
:: Miley Cyrus revealed that she has adopted a new dog, a Shetland sheepdog named Emu. “He’s here and here to say,” she says — and there’s plenty of photographic proof. [Billboard]
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continues churning out videos for Mastermind
songs, and the latest is for his Lil Wayne
joint “Thug Cry,” directed by his go-to collaborator Dre Films
. And unlike his weak, Jay Z-less “The Devil Is A Lie” video
, Ross actually got his guest to appear in the visual this time, though Weezy never actually appears in the same shot as Rozay.
The clip follows a loose narrative of an incarcerated man on his release day, played by The Wire‘s Wood Harris. Rozay presumably served as a consultant on the prison scenes to ensure they were realistic, seeing as how he’s a former corrections officer.
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