The 2015 Grammy Awards just keep getting bigger and bigger!
Following the confirmation of Madonna‘s return to the Grammys stage, as well as Ariana Grande, AC/DC and Ed Sheeran, the Grammy Awards have announced a string of new performers on Twitter this morning.
Sam Smith, Pharrell, Usher, Miranda Lambert, Common and John Legend will all be hitting the stage during the February 8 ceremony. Together, Legend and Common will be performing their Golden Globe-winning Selma song “Glory,” while Sam Smith’s performance will mark his official debut on the show.
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:: Congratulations are in order for Usher! The entertainer is now engaged to manager Grace Miguel, who has worked with him for over three years. Good luck to the couple! [Rap-Up]
:: Along with the forthcoming Montage Of Heck documentary about Kurt Cobain, a companion book is also in the works! It will included “a mixture of animation stills, rare photography, and other treasures from Kurt Cobain’s personal archive.” Look out for the book on April 7, and the documentary on May 4 via HBO. [Rolling Stone]
:: Well, we didn’t see this coming! On a recent episode of Nancy Grace, 2 Chainz held a debate with the host about the legalization of marijuana. It’s definitely a must-see! [Pitchfork]
:: Alex Omes, the co-founder of Ultra music festival, has passed away at the age of 43. He began the popular EDM dance mega-party back in 1999 with business partner Russell Faibisch. [Entertainment Weekly]
:: Lupe Fiasco has quit Twitter, apparently because he doesn’t like dealing with people. On his last day on the social media site, he tweeted: “I never really liked dealing with the public. My recording career thus far put me in a place where i had to for promotion etc.” [Billboard]
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The 57th annual Grammys are already shaping up to be a pretty stellar show, but what’s happening after it airs is also great! It has been announced that a variety of top artists will honor 25-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder for an upcoming special, titled Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute. The first round of performers set for the show are Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Janelle Monáe and Willie Nelson — all of whom have either won or have been nominated for a Grammy.
According to a press release, the special “will pay homage to Wonder’s iconic career with superstar performances celebrating his incomparable songbook.” The concert will take place on February 10 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater (purchase tickets here), and is set to air on CBS on February 16 at 9 p.m. EST. Check back here on the 8th of the same month, as we’ll be covering the Grammys! More »
debuted “I Don’t Mind”
featuring Juicy J
, he was promptly accused of ripping off Migos
. The young Atlanta rap trio caught the attention of Drake
), R. Kelly
(“Show Ya Pussy”
) and Justin Bieber
(“Looking for You”
) with its breathless triple-time flow, as seemingly referenced in the R&B crooner’s tender stripper anthem.
Now, though, Usher has actually teamed up with Migos for “Still Got It,” released New Year’s Eve. Produced by Zaytoven, the low-key song has Usher slyly matching Migos’ flow yet again, while reminding us that he does as he pleases: “So you think I fell off / What you talking about, n—- / I’m ’2 On’ / and my city with me…”
Usher has been revisiting his stacked back catalog during his UR Experience tour, after announcing but then pushing back his album UR indefinitely. He says that for now, he’s currently inspired by what Atlanta hip-hop has to offer. (He moved to that city from Chattanooga, Tenn., to pursue a singing career when he was a teen.) “I think Atlanta culture is more relevant now than it’s ever been in time, musically and culturally,” he said to Billboard. “And, I’m really enjoying it.”
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What did pop stars do for a little harmless publicity before posting nudes on Instagram became an option? I guess they actually had to go out and perform their songs in front of real people. It must have been exhausting! While showing your nipples or butt is the hot trend on social media right now (think of all the likes and new followers!), many pop stars still prefer the good, old shirtless selfie.
It seems like every dude with a record deal stripped off for Insta in 2014. The usual suspects (Justin Bieber and Austin Mahone) were well accounted for, as were boy band members. The guys from 5 Seconds Of Summer and One Direction struggled to keep their shirts on, while British trio Union J took it a step further by losing their pants. The king of shirtless pics? That award goes to Nick Jonas and his frequently-flashed abs. Peruse the best pics up top. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Kanye West will be receiving the Visionary Award at next year’s BET Honors ceremony. It’s a fitting honor, as the rapper has called himself a visionary many times. Usher will also receive the Musical Arts Award for his 20-year career. Wayne Brady is set to host the eighth annual event — which takes place on January 24 in Washington, D.C., and will air on the television channel on February 23. [Billboard]
:: Avicii officially has the most shazamed song of all time. His 2013 smash hit with Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up,” gained more than 19 million queries on the music search app. Robin Thicke and Pharrell‘s controversial “Blurred Lines” came in second place, with 18 million queries. [THR]
:: In other news, Taylor Swift is rumored to have a new man! This time around, it is allegedly The 1975 frontman Matt Healy. The “Blank Space” singer was spotted at some of the band’s concerts over the last few weeks. [Just Jared]
:: David Letterman has announced the date for his final episode on Late Show. The legendary host will have his last show on May 20, 2015 — ending his run with a whopping 6,028 episodes! Stephen Colbert is set to take his place, but Letterman will definitely be missed on the silver screen. [Gawker]
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Usher has been revisiting his stacked back catalog during his ongoing tour. When the UR Experience hit Los Angeles last night (November 21), though, he invited next-generation R&B singers to join him on stage.
There was Kid Ink, the producer-rapper who slyly asks for consent in current single “Body Language,” also featuring Usher and Tinashe. There was Jeremih, who co-stars in DJ Khaled‘s R&B posse cut “Hold You Down.” And then there was Chris Brown, who crept up on stage, only to be met with cheers the moment he looked up at the crowd. Not even UR Experience opener August Alsina could resist from capturing the moment on his iPhone.
The older Usher has gotten, the more open he has become to working with new sounds and artists. (Lately, some have argued that he does this to a fault.) So when these younger, more nonchalant and R. Kelly-inspired singers took the stage, he followed their lead until it was time for him to peel his tank top off. (Predictably, this was met with cheers.)
Unfortunately, with Brown’s cameo (Alsina’s “I Luv This Shit” remix, “Loyal,” “New Flame”) that meant less actual singing, with the backing track doing most of the work, and more dancing to win over the crowd. Watch the UR Experience “turn all the way the f— up” – their words, not ours – below. More »
Usher‘s new single “Clueless” was supposed to be a promotional track hidden inside special boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios at Walmart, which is definitely one of the oddest marketing tools in recent months! Well, now you don’t have to fret about tearing up endless cereal boxes to find the download link — “Clueless” has now surfaced online.
It is a R&B mid-tempo (with a total lack of percussion) that finds the crooner singing mostly in his upper register, with twinkling synths and a steady bass guitar play in the background. The track doesn’t live up to its hype, so be glad that we saved you a trip to Walmart. No word on when Usher’s eighth studio LP UR will be released, but it will feature production from Max Martin, Disclosure, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Take a listen to “Clueless” after the jump. More »
Usher is plotting what sounds like a grand return to form next year — and he’s got all the cooks in the kitchen to help him whip up a smash or two.
Following the lukewarm success of cuts like “Good Kisser” and “She Came To Give It To You” with Nicki Minaj, the prolific R&B titan is now in the studio crafting tracks for UR, his upcoming album due out in the first half of 2015.
In a new interview with The Guardian, he reveals that he’s been working with an enviable array of powerhouse producers and songwriters “including Skrillex, Ed Sheeran, uber-pop producer Max Martin, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and Disclosure (their last session done via Skype), though Usher says that his guiding lights are still 90s R&B geniuses Babyface and LA Reid.” Phew! A promising collaborator’s list to be sure, but will it pan out for a return to the top of the charts? More »
Did You Hear?
:: Mary J. Blige will add her soulful flair when she performs for A Very Grammy Christmas. The “Right Now” singer joins Ariana Grande, Pharrell, Maroon 5 and Tim McGraw on the performance roster. The Recording Academy’s holiday special will air on December 5 on CBS, with the 2015 Grammy nominations set to be announced that day. [via press release]
:: In weirder news, Usher will gift fans his new “Clueless” song inside a…cereal box? The singer has partnered up with Honey Nut Cheerios to include an exclusive download of the song in specially-marked packages of the yummy brand. The promotion began yesterday (November 11), so run to your nearest Walmart to find a copy! [Billboard]
:: Taylor Swift has unveiled a free mobile app that corresponds with her latest “Blank Space” video! The virtual app allows users to have a 360-degree experience of the visuals, including taking a tour of the mansion. Pretty cool! [Huffington Post]
:: Congratulations are in order for Geri Halliwell! The former Spice Girl is now engaged to Formula 1 race car driver Christian Horner. [Just Jared]
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