UK sensation and RocNation recording artist Rita Ora has been compared to Rihanna for plenty of good reasons. Stylistically they’re similar, and they both draw on an eclectic mix of pop, rock, hip-hop, and R&B in their music. But for me, the comparison comes in my reaction to their photos. They both have the ability to render me completely jealous, like, to an unhealthy point. Ya’ll have seen me go through it with RiRi‘s twit pics, and now here I am trying to figure out how Rita made the totally cliche, overdone schoolgirl look cool again. I guess booty shorts, red lipstick, and blonde hair never do get old. Check out Rita doing her thang for Complex Magazine‘s August cover shoot (hers is the alternate cover, alongside G.O.O.D. Music‘s), inside. Oh– and she’s dating Rob Kardashian???
Here Comes the 'Paradise Edition'
Lana Del Rey invited radio DJ Tim Blackwell from Nova FM in Australia to chat about her first-ever Aussie tour and she managed to share a bit of interesting news along the way. LDR (and her record label, of course) have decided to re-release her debut album Born To Die later this year in a deluxe version that includes up to 7 new songs. Click below to learn more about the NEW version of LDR‘s BTD album that is out this NOV. More »
"I felt we needed a change"
While folks are making a fuss over Mariah Carey joining American Idol, new X Factor judge Britney Spears and her fellow compatriots were hard at work doing promo for their show for the Theater Critics Association. Britney, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and Antonio L.A. Reid are in Miami, FL for X Factor boot camp but they took time out of their bizzy schedule to promote the show for the TCA. Click below to see some photos and read some deets from yesterday’s event. More »
"There Were Signs..."
The day before time stood still and the TomKat divorce was announced, Katie Holmes conducted an interview with the California-based fashion glossy C Magazine. Of course, the interview is all the more interesting in retrospect, and the Senior editor (Kelsey McKinnon) of the magazine is revealing some juicy deets about how the conversation went down– and whose name went un-uttered throughout. Details inside.
Forming A New Religion
Complex Magazine is convinced that the artists of G.O.O.D. Music are set to take over the world and play savior to the rap/music Game entirely. Not that it necessarily needs saving, but they’re probably on to something; the guys are are pictured on a cross and the cover story is titled ‘New Religion‘ (a shout-out to some Kanye lyrics). Complex sat down with the key players of G.O.O.D. Music (Kanye excluded, as he is committed to his ‘no press’ policy) and talked about the genesis and revelations of their forthcoming compilation album, Cruel Summer. Check out
Pusha T the whole gang inside.
"It Would Be Lovely To See More Of Her"
We’ve got a big juicy discussion going on in the comments section of Trent‘s The Dark Knight Rises review about lots of the movie’s aspects, but especially Anne Hathaway‘s performance of Catwoman. Some of us loved her, some of us meh‘d her, and some of us said she’s best when not compared to Michelle Pfeiffer. Well, the lovely Ms. Hathaway sat down with Digital Spy and talked about her experience on the set of the summer’s most anticipated movie, and maybe… perhaps… hinted at a possible Catwoman spin-off. Don’t worry, she’d play the lead, not Halle (although, if you ask Trent, Halle wasn’t so bad). Check out the interview inside.
"I really have no shame, James"
Two of my favorite celebs are sharing the spotlight in a recent article in Interview Magazine– Mila Kunis and James Franco, co-stars of the forthcoming Oz, The Great And Powerful. Franco interviews the gorgeous actress (who’s accompanying photo shoot is to die for) and asks her about being a fearless woman of the ‘wood. Hollywood, that is. Checkie out inside!
"If you're 20 years old and you aspire to be like ... Kurt Cobain ... or Trent Reznor, you're not going to make it"
Billy Corgan, frontman and sole original member of Smashing Pumpkins, believes that it will be impossible for the next Trent Reznor or Kurt Cobain to find success in the music business as it exists today and, sadly, I think he is 100% correct. According to Corgan, the music biz is set up now where young artists have no chance of achieving long-lasting success because of the structure of the way music is marketed these days. Where young artists like Reznor, Cobain, Corgan, etc. were allowed to rebel and were given the time to flesh out their artistry, young artists today are forced to conform … and unless they find immediate success, they are discarded (and even immediate success can be fleeting). Click below to read Corgan‘s comments and see what you think about what he says. More »
"I wished at 13 there was somebody ... who would have said something like that"
Just before the release of his debut album channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean posted a letter on his official website announcing to the world that he is a gay man. Today, we hear from Frank again about his coming out in a new interview with The Guardian. Despite the fact that some believe Ocean‘s coming out was timed to generate hype for his album, Frank makes clear that he decided to come out for his own “sanity”. Thoughtful and well-spoken as ever, Ocean candidly explains the reasons for his coming out … which you can read below. More »
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