'OVO x ROCNATION'
Jay-Z may or may not be gearing up for another baby with his wife Beyoncé, but like Queen Bey, he’s continuing to put in that work. We recently heard his new song Open Letter, and he jumped on the Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe remix with Kendrick Lamar. Oh, and he also prdocued the entire, amazing soundtrack for The Great Gatsby (which included his own song) so it’s safe to say he’s keeping very, very busy. Now we have news about an upcoming collaboration with Drizzy Drake, as the two were recently hanging out in the studio together. They’ve collaborated before, so this could be a good thing, for sure. Click inside to learn more!
Y'all Ain't Ready For The New Yeezy
We should all know by now that when Kanye West hits the stage we can pretty much expect the unexpected. However. I was still unprepared for his performances last night on Saturday Night Live. Yeezy performed New Slaves, which we heard yesterday after he debuted a video to the song in various locations across the world. And he also debuted a new track, Black Skinhead. I was just checking out the lyrics to Black Skinhead on DirectLyrics and I’m still trying to figure out exactly what he means by Black Skinhead… but maybe I’m trying too hard. What do y’all think of the new tracks? I loved his performances for both songs– visually it’s an experience, which is what Kanye is usually going for. Oh, and I was cracking the hell up while he tried to censor his own lyrics during his New Slaves performance– awesome!
Peep the videos for more! The Black Skinhead performance is inside.
"We don’t believe in defeat / that’s why we’re back for a threepeat"
Earlier this month we got our first listen of Jennifer Lopez‘s new single Live It Up, which features her BFF Pitbull on guest rap vocals and today we get to see the just-released music video for the track. Sigh. Jenny from the Block really tries to look cool in this video but most of the time I just keep thinking, Damn girl … stop trying so hard. The song is still pretty meh. for me but the video is OK, I guess. I imagine it will do well on video screens at danceclubs when this song, invariably, will be played for the next few months. Give it a look, see what you think. Does Jennifer Lopez still have what it takes deliver with these kinds of music videos anymore? You be the judge.
She got Smurfed!
Yesterday we got our first listen of Britney Spears‘s new single Ooh La La after it leaked to the Internets about a month before it was due for release. As a result, Britney posted a message on her official Twitter profile address the song’s leak — which you can read in full below. As with many song leaks, it’s almost impossible to tell if the early release of the song is intentional or not. According to our dear Britney, the leak of Ooh La La was not intentional. HMMM. Click below to read her tweet. More »
The Video Was Projected In Brooklyn, Toronto, And Other Cities
Kanye West is not playing around with this new album y’all. Rather than officially premiere his new single on Soundcloud, and then drop the visuals on Vevo or something, you know, normal, Yeezy premiered New Slaves last night across the world at various locations. We have visuals of the video being projected onto a building in Brooklyn last night. Check out the new video above and click inside for more about the project, and one more video.
Posted under: 'New Slaves', Kanye West
Last week we learned that EPIX is planning to air Madonna‘s MDNA World Tour show on their network next month and today we get our first look at the first video teaser for the broadcast. The clip is short but sweet. If you saw the show, you’ll recognize some of the best parts of the show … if you haven’t seen the show, you’re gonna wanna tune in to EPIX on June 22. Maddy‘s MDNA show was pretty damn good, I’m actually looking forward to watching it all over again :D
"I'm really excited"
At the start of the month we learned from will.i.am that he is executive producing Britney Spears‘s next album and today we hear from him again that our dear Britney will hit the studio next week to officially begin work on album #8. Now, we’ve been hearing about Britney in the studio for months now but, apparently, she will only begin official work on the album with Will next week. HMMM. I can’t say that I’m all that excited about will.i.am‘s role as executive producer but … it is what it is, I suppose. More »
Posted under: Britney Spears, will.i.am
"I am proud to announce ..."
Yesterday we learned the bummer news that bassist Eric Avery has decided NOT to tour with Nine Inch Nails when the band hits the road later this year on a new world tour. Today we learn from Trent Reznor himself that former NIN bassist Robin Finck will step in to fill the void on tour. TR posted the news along with the photo of Robin in rehearsals on the official Nine Inch Nails website today … which also happens to be Trent‘s birthday. So, yay! Click below to read the full text of Reznor‘s statement about Finck‘s return to NIN. More »
Okay. I am freaking the FREAK out over here! I kid you not, I probably purchased four or five albums on iTunes last year, and two of them were by these fine folks. Solange‘s True EP and Kendrick Lamar‘s good kid, m.A.A.d city debut did a body good last year, which is why I’m so psyched to see that they’re teaming up this year. Kendrick just dropped a video for Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe, and he appears to be mastering the art of strong features (either by him, or for him). In just a few months he’s worked with Jay-Z, Miguel, Dido, Drake, and more. Click inside to hear one more collabo from K-Dot!
The Diva Takes The Stage
Last night was a huge night for American Idol fans, though, since I don’t watch the show I’ll leave it Trent to share the big news. I did, however, have to check out this video of Mariah Carey singing her greatest hits. The incomparable diva took the stage last night for the twelfth season finale and performed a beautiful medley featuring songs like Vision of Love, My All, Hero, and We Belong Together. She ended with her latest single, Beautiful which recently became her 27th number one on the R&B/Hip Hop charts. Peep the video for more, and try not to be blinded by all the bling– it’s Mimi!