Drake‘s new material is all about validating his place in the game while clearing up any rumors you may have wasted precious brain space on, as heard on his new track, “5AM In Toronto,” which he dropped very early Thursday morning. But before you take a listen, you have to give it up to Drizzy for keeping the Blogspot family in business. Read more…
It may have happened nearly 12 years ago, but we haven’t forgotten the time when little Aaron Carterpublicly shamed NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal on his debut album, Aaron’s Party (Come Get It). Specifically, Shaq’s ability to ball, a skill which likely signed his checks and fed his family for 19 years (that, and his biting freestyle rhymes).
Whether or not it was a hint at an identity crisis, Gucci Mane‘s short-lived experimentation with the name “Guwop” is far from the only time a celebrity has made a high-profile name change in the prime of his or her career. Below, a toast to 30 stars who opted to do what unborn children are rarely allowed: create a different name for themselves–and at times, an accompanying persona.
Since introducing us to both his sweat and his suit, Nelly has moved away from grills and NSFW dance parties in exchange for cameos on The CW and joy rides on his tour bus. But during that time, has anyone ever seen Nelly and Flo Rida in the same room?
While so much of our time has been spent analyzing the performances of Jennifer Lawrence and presence of Ben Affleck‘s beard, Adele has been more than a pleasant surprise this awards season. Or, to borrow a phrase from Anne Hathaway, the cherry on top of vegan ice cream (cringe). She’s already picked up an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, compared herself to Beyoncé, met Beyoncé, but tonight’s James Bond tribute wasn’t all about her.
Music geeks had their worlds rocked last night as news broke that Billboard and Nielsen, two companies at the forefront of managing how much entertainment we’re actually consuming, announced they’d be factoring streaming services into their weekly charts. Official YouTube videos will have the biggest impact for music, further proving that the records held by Justin Bieber and PSY are not to be taken lightly. It also means… congratulations, Mr. Baauer!
This slightly creepy photo of Pittsburgh’s Native Son is not an outtake from a music video or an early Halloween costume idea: Wiz Khalifa is about to be a dad! After what feels like way more than three trimesters–and we’re speaking for ourselves; we can only imagine how mom-to-be is doing–Wiz and his fiance Amber Rose are currently in labor with their first child. Aren’t you happy social media exists? Drop everything and get some ice chips.
Justin Timberlake took his show on the road on Wednesday, performing at the BRIT Awards in London (because Americans are not the only ones happy to have him back in music full-time). The singer shared new material from his upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience, in the same dapper dress we’ve come to expect and with Instagram filters ready to transport us to the days of the original Rat Pack, should we not fully understand his whole shtick by now.
If you thought Beyoncé‘s documentary wasn’t real enough, keep those fingers crossed for additional perspective into the life of Blue Ivy‘s mother via one of her sisters. Michelle Williams, of Destiny’s Child, gospel music, and notable GIF fame, will chronicle her latest professional developments in a new reality series from Entertainment One Television. Yes, the potential for more Beyoncé on your TV is real.
It’s official: the NBA is breaking up with hip-hop. Shaq, Ron Artest, and anyone else who has blown a majority of their paychecks on studio time, you might want to sit down for this. Last week Lil Wayne was complaining about being kicked out of American Airlines Arena during a Miami Heat game, and now hometown hero Wale can’t get any respect while watching his Wizards (lose, badly) in person.