Kid Ink teams up with Usher and Tinashe in the video for his new single, “Body Language.” The clip (directed by Darren Craig) is quite the eye-opener — it is set at a peep show where plenty of women are showing off their plump booties. Judging from their smiles and stares, the trio are enjoying the all curves surrounding them!
“Body Language” is produced by Cashmere Cat (who recently worked with Ariana Grande) and Stargate, and is the rapper’s first single off his forthcoming as-yet-untitled third LP. The album is due sometime in 2015. More »
“Shorty, I don’t mind if you dance on a pole that don’t make you a hoe,” croons Usher sweetly in the opening line of new buzz single “I Don’t Mind”. The Juicy J-assisted mid-tempo ballad tells the totally relatable and touching story of a baller that embraces his girlfriend’s chosen career as a stripper. “You can take off your clothes, long as you comin’ home.” And they say romance is dead.
And just when you think it can’t get any more ridiculous, the R&B legend drops this lyrical bomb: “Shorty, you thick and them tricks that you do with your body, girl all of these n*ggas be crowding around you like they see Beyonce in here.” What is going on with Usher? Everything from UR has been underwhelming but this could be mistaken for an SNL skit. Particularly when you throw Juicy J’s X-rated rap into the mix. Listen to the so-awful-it’s-kind-of-awesome anthem 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.
See the tracklist for T.I.’s Paperwork: The Motion Picture below. More »
Usher closed out this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival by bringing out a surprise guest: Chris Brown. “He’s a friend, he’s a brother, he’s a passionate artist and I have the fortunate opportunity to have shared a song with him this year,” Usher said, before the younger R&B star joined him on stage.
The two of them performed “New Flame,” Brown’s current single off his new album X. (The album, also featuring “Loyal” and “X,” is predicted to debut second only to Barbra Streisand‘s tenth album Partners next week.) Their singing led to a dance-off, which led to Usher slipping off his high-tops and lighting them on fire – after all, neither of them had the flaming ‘X’ from the “New Flame” video handy.
Watch Usher and Chris Brown do “New Flame” below. More »
You could grate cheese on Usher‘s six-pack, so it’s not exactly surprising to discover that he’s the fittest man in popular music. The R&B superstar demonstrated his superior athletic ability on today’s (September 15) episode of The Ellen Show by taking on (and conquering) the demanding American Ninja Warrior obstacle course in the studio’s parking lot.
The 35-year-old, who is currently promoting his upcoming The UR Experience tour, demolished the course like a veteran Navy Seal — jumping over objects, climbing walls and hanging off railings like a professional. Usher is still putting the finishing touches on his eighth studio album, which still has no official release date. See the crooner’s athletic side after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Pop influencers ranging from Pitbull to Nicole Scherzinger took to Twitter to remember G.R.L.‘s Simone Battle (above, far right), who was found dead on September 5. “The world has lost a true talent,” producer Dr. Luke said. [Billboard]
:: Usher has revealed that Drake will appear on his forthcoming album. “He really understands how to analyze a beat and then recognize a cadence,” Usher says. [MTV]
:: Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and The Vamps will perform at BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards on October 19. Rita Ora and Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw will co-host the event. [Popjustice]
:: Carrie Underwood‘s 2012 hit “Two Black Cadillacs” has inspired a FOX “event series.” Underwood and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Pirates of the Carribean) will oversee its making. [Cosmopolitan]
:: Kelly Clarkson brought her newborn daughter River Rose Blackstock to her concert with country superstar Trisha Yearwood. River Rose wore bedazzled pink headphones to the event. [Twitter]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
He’s coming to give it to you.
This morning, Usher announced a fall tour called The UR Experience (erm, what do you think of that title, Justin Timberlake?), which is due to impact over 27 cities across North America.
As for what to expect? The show promises to include “a fresh take on early and recent songs, as well as new music from his anticipated forthcoming eighth studio album,” which means he may very well be previewing new tunes out on the road. And yes, there may be some superstars joining him along the way: “With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests. I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before,” he explains of the new tour. August Alsina and DJ Cassidy are already confirmed to be tour guests. Maybe Nicki Minaj will show up to give it to us too?
Will you be catching Usher out on tour this year? Check out the tour trailer and upcoming concert dates after the jump. More »
‘s status as perhaps the most consistent artist in R&B, it’s surprising how underwhelming the first two cuts from his eighth studio album have been. “Good Kisser”
was an unusually generic bedroom anthem and “She Came To Give It To You”
sounds like a reject from Justin Timberlake
‘s The 20/20 Experience
. Even a cameo from Nicki Minaj
can’t save it.
The video isn’t particularly inspiring either. The 35-year-old is one of the best dancers in the business but his moves are clouded by murky lighting and choppy editing. Then there’s Nicki no-show. Sure, she performs her verse in a room surrounded by televisions but it’s kind of anti-climactic that they never share a scene together. Watch up top. More »
You all saw Nicki Minaj
bouncing her ass while performing “Anaconda” at the MTV VMAs
on Sunday, right? She also did “Bang Bang” live with Ariana Grande
and Jessie J
that night, as well as “She Came To Give It To You”
. One place Nicki is not
present, however, is the above teaser clip for the “She Came To Give It To You” video. What we do see is Ursh busting some Michael Jackson
-esque moves over a Pharrell
-produced beat that’s very Off The Wall
-era MJ…territory, mind you, Justin Timberlake
already covered last summer with “Take Back The Night”
(and countless others have covered multiple times before). More »
After banging his head on Nicki Minaj
‘s booty during their 2014 MTV VMA
performance of “She Came To Give It To You
,” “Good Kisser
” extraordinaire Usher
wasted no time revealing his thumping new track, “Believe Me.”
Featured on his highly-anticipated upcoming album Everything You Can Imagine, the Mike WILL Made-It-produced number is a danceable ballad of sorts. While the R&B crooner sings about betraying one more girl’s trust, Mike’s ever-menacing beat makes for yet another infectious banger to add to Ursh’s repertoire.
Listen to the song below. More »