. Remember the good ol’ days when it only took one skilled tunesmith to write a hit single? Yeah — our minds don’t stretch back that far, either. In fact, if you have to travel in time, to “Somebody That I Used To Know” in 2012, to find the last single to top the Billboard Hot 100 with only one writer credited to it. (That would be Mr. Gotye
himself, Wally de Backer.)
These days, it takes a small army to craft what we naive listeners would deem to be the simplest of songs. Remember Flo Rida‘s “Whistle”? You know — the chart-topping oral sex jam disguised as a radio-friendly, sing-song trifle for the whole family to purse their lips and blow to in the car? That one took no less than half-a-dozen writers to put together.
Below, we rounded up another 10 such pop smashes that required a team of musical geniuses — or at least Pitbull — to pen. Some may surprise you and even shatter the illusion of your favorite artists as unique jacks-of-all-trades, able to dash out catchy hits all by their lonesome.
Carry on to find out the wicked truth behind all the glitter, pop fanatics! More »
Each month, we take a look at our favorite pop stars gracing the glossy covers of fashion, health, music and lifestyle magazines across the world and ask you to choose the best cover!
Summer is just around the corner, and our favorite pop princesses are doing a fine job of making sure we’re all were aware. How so? By stripping down and sizzlin’ up the covers of today’s hottest fashion, lifestyle and entertainment magazines. In fact, this just might be the hottest, most skin-baring Magazine Melee set to date.
Check out the upcoming covers below, and then place your vote for your favorite of the month! More »
It’s a day that ends in “day,” so here we are with another NSFW photo shoot of Rihanna
baring her boobs. This time the “Diamonds”
diva whipped out her drill bits for French men’s mag Lui
, which could well be this shoot TMZ stumbled upon
earlier this month. (Could be, but who knows — RiRi has a habit of losing her clothes at the drop of a hat
The singer most recently went breasts-out for the Brazilian edition of Vogue. All of this begs the question: does she have something big on the way, music-wise, to warrant all this skin-baring promo? Let’s hope. It’s been a whole year-and-a-half since the release of Unapologetic…which in Rihanna years is like a quarter of a century.
Catch even more of nude RiRi from Lui below, you pop perverts, you. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Pop stars from the southern hemisphere stick together! Lorde took umbrage at publications that put Iggy Azalea on the cover and then trashed her debut LP The New Classic in a recent blog post. The Australian femcee then chimed in on Twitter. [Gossip Cop]
:: Lily Allen claims she was simply paying tribute to Beyonce when she performed a drag routine to “Drunk In Love” at a London gay bar over the weekend. Sounds like she just wanted some attention. [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: Don’t shop under the influence of painkillers. Miley Cyrus learned that lesson the hard way when she went on an online shopping spree while in hospital. Purchases included a pink mini-skirt. [MTV]
:: Rihanna is being sued by a former bodyguard for defamation. He is alleging that RiRi made offensive statements about him in an email and even went as far calling his sister. The matter will be heard by a judge in Ireland. [TMZ]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
is up to her usual attention-grabbing antics in the latest issue of Vogue
Brazil and for that we are forever grateful. The hit machine posed topless
for the tropical pictorial, showing just enough side-boob to spark a little controversy but generally keeping it surprisingly classy. (At least, in comparison to this eye-popping shoot
As a woman of the people, RiRi kindly posted a bunch of pictures from the steamy spread on her Instagram account this afternoon (April 28). It’s impossible to pick a favorite because she looks impeccable in all of them but nobody does the From Here To Eternity sandy beach pose better than Rihanna. Peruse the Barbadian babe’s sexy social media spree up top. More »
Another week, another round of topless pop star pics
. Wait, let’s revise: Another week, another round
of topless Rihanna pics
. This time the Barbadian sometimes-singer, full time boob mistress has whipped out her umbrella holders for Vogue
Brazil, so it’s totally legit and not soft porn at all. Photographer Mariano Vivanco
had the honor of shooting shirtless RiRi for the publication’s May issue double-cover, the first front pic of which you can see above, and the second below.
Also down under: one of Rihanna’s NSFW topless snaps. Shine bright like a diamond, everyone…it’s pop tits! UPDATE: You can now see all of her photos from the shoot here. More »
took The New York Times
through her songwriting process in a recent article
and casually revealed that “Pretty Hurts”
, a self-help ballad on Beyonce
‘s game-changing visual album, was originally offered to Katy Perry
and then Rihanna
, whose manager sat on the future hit for eight months before ultimately passing on it.
The Australian singer/songwriter first emailed the song to Katy but got no reply. (More about that later). Next on the “Chandelier” diva’s list was RiRi. Her manager held on to it for eight months but didn’t pay the fee to secure the soaring song. “When Beyonce heard it, she slid into home base and just closed the deal,” Sia explains.
Interestingly, Dr. Luke got his hands on Bey’s version before it was released and played it for Ms. Perry. “I’m pretty hurt you never sent me this song,” was the message she apparently texted Sia, who, in turn, told the frequent chart-topper to check her email. Her reply? “It was meant to be with Beyonce.” The moral of the story is clear. When Sia sends you an email, open it! More »
A million weeks ago, before Pharrell
was the #1 song in the country
‘s second collaboration, “The Monster,”
was the first single to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. And while the rest of the music industry was either taking in, performing at or recovering from Coachella, Em and RiRi hit the stage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (April 13) night and performed the Marshall Mathers LP 2
smash live for the very first time.
Get a taste of what’s to come from the pair’s summer Monster tour above. More »
is no stranger to showing skin for the camera
, and her latest exploit comes courtesy of a photo shoot for an undisclosed French magazine. TMZ was on the scene, snapping no less than 70 pics of the bare-butted “Diamonds”
singer as she arched on all fours and even had some dude pour water on her back while the lens captured the classy moment.
The most we can hope for is this whole spectacle signalling that new music is indeed on the way from Rihanna…perhaps sooner than we think. (After all, she does have a new tour coming up.) At the very least, it’s something to feast your eyes on for a few seconds — though, really, after about pic #17, they all look the same.
Head over here to see all of TMZ’s photos of RiRi in the buff. More »
are linking up at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards for the debut performance of their hit collaboration “The Monster,”
off Slim Shady’s MMLP2
. While there’s no apparent connection to anything in cinema beyond the fact that, like, some movies have like monsters
and stuff, the stint is timed to give fans a preview of Em and RiRi’s upcoming Monster Tour
, which kicks off August 7.
The two stars join an increasingly music-focused MTV Movie Awards roster, with Ellie Goulding and Zedd scheduled to perform a pair of Divergent tracks, plus a performance from twenty one pilots. More »