Posts By Bené Viera

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All Hail The Brits! Ed Sheeran And Elton John To Perform A Duet At The Grammys

Over at VH1 we feel like proud parents when one of our You Oughta Know alums goes on to conquer the world. Not to mention it gives us #humblebrag(ging) rights of having introduced a fairly unknown artist before they blew. Ed Sheeran is the latest from the YOK family to get his well deserved shine. Ed will share a stage with his fellow British crooner Elton John at this year’s Grammys. Ed broke the news by tweeting, “I’Il be playing at he Grammys on the 10th of feb, singing a duet of one of my songs with Elton John, very excited about that!” This is what they call legend ish. Read more…

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Mariah Carey Vs. Nicki Minaj American Idol Tofu Beef Solved: Divas Mad Over “Country Thing” Comment

Drama much? The American Idol judges headed to Charlotte, North Carolina on last night’s episode to what turned out to be a crop of talented singers like Brian Rittenberry and Candice Glover and Summer Cunningham. Too bad Summer didn’t know an honest comment about the type of music she’d sang in the past would lead to such diva dramatics.

Summer performed a country version of “Lean On Me” and the judges liked it. When Keith Urban asked where she saw herself musically her “I did the country thing” response annoyed Keith. And he told her as much. It’s not that she doesn’t want to do country, but she prefers “soulful country.” The “country thing” comment was like the gift no one wants but  kept on giving anyway. Neither Keith Urban nor Randy Jackson nor Mariah Carey would let it go. Nicki Minaj was not pleased. Read more…

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Gotye’s Voice May Have Been Taken Off T.I.’s “Memories Back Then” But Peep The “Somebody That I Used To Know” Bassline Sample

A lone woman on a track with three great emcees outshines her male peers. Allow us to introduce you to Kris Stephens. T.I.‘s “Memories Back Then” featuring B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar and Kris Stephens on the chorus should’ve made Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. Originally the banger was titled “Somebody That I Used To Know” with a sample from Gotye from his song of the same name, according to Hip Hop Wired. It’s assumed a sample clearance is why we have the new version with vocals by T.I.’s artist Kris Stephens. And no shade to Gotye at all because we adore him, but we couldn’t imagine this track without Kris’s sultry voice. Read more…

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50 Cent Finally Speaks On Chelsea Handler And Ciara Fiasco Without Really Saying Much

Just when you thought you’d never have to hear about 50 Cent‘s old fling with Chelsea Handler again, 50 does an hour and 15 minute interview with Howard Stern. After his one-on-one with Oprah which addressed much of what folks wanted to know, who knew there was even more to divulge. One thing about Howard is he wastes no time cutting to the chase.

Howard flat out tells 50 he was disturbed by Chelsea’s comment that “all my white friends think it’s hilarious” that she was dating the Queens rapper. Of course 50 makes excuses for Chelsea’s liberal-racism saying her comment had more to do with his image than race. Remember Chelsea accused Ciara of being the cause of her and 50′s breakup. Until now he has remained mute on the topic. First things first: Is Chelsea any good in bed? “Tell her I called her Gator. She’ll know what I’m talking about,” 50 responds. Read more…

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2 Chainz + 2 Broke Girls = An Episode Worth Watching

“2 broke girls, and one rich black guy.” – 2 Chainz

You never know where a catchy rap name turned slogan like “2 Chaiiiinz” will lead to. Georgia rapper 2 Chainz will make his TV debut on CBS’s comedy series 2 Broke Girls on Monday, February 11. A day after the Grammys airs 2 Chainz plays himself on an upcoming episode where Max (Cat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) are headed to the Grammys after meeting a big time record label executive who is so smitten by Max he flies the two to L.A. via private plane for the awards show. Read more…

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What’s Up With Lil’ Kim Shooting A Video Titled “Jay-Z” With Mob Affiliated Tony Testa And Mob Wives’ Carla Facciolo?

Lil’ Kim just refuses to appease her day-one fans with banging new cuts from a classic new album. We’re still waiting on you, Kim. When she’s not breaking up to makeup with her boyfriend on Twitter she’s making a video named “Jay-Z” complete with real-life mob affiliations. “Jay-Z” as a title though? Jay‘s people will be expecting a check from using the likeness of his name.

Kim has been using mob references in her music for years and in recent days has been hanging with Mob Wives’ Drita DaVanzo. It’s not surprising Tony Testa, whose uncle Joseph Carmine Testa was convicted of being the head of the Gambino crime family, along with Mob Wives’ Carla Facciolo were spotted on the set. Read more…

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Adele Is Going To Make The “Skyfall” With A Comeback Performance At The Oscars

Certainly you haven’t forgotten about the soulful British chanteuse who owned 2012 with her diamond-selling 21. Adele‘s 19 followed by 21 were all about heartbreak. There was nothing for the make-us-cry-with-emotion singer to write or sing about after falling madly in love with Simon Konecki. After the 2012 Grammys she took a hiatus from music to do things rich people in love do– having a baby whose name she won’t reveal yet (more on that in a bit). As she slowly creeps back into music with the James Bond 007 theme song “Skyfall” her presence has been requested for an Oscars performance to which she’s happily obliged. Read more…

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Cruel Winter Is Not Happening, Folks, And We’re Quite Ok With That

We’re not over how disappointing Cruel Summer was. Imagine our relief when Common squashed all the rumors of a G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Winter album in the works. In theory a collective project of G.O.O.D. Music’s finest–Big Sean, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor and 2 Chainz–sounded marvelous. And it bares mentioning Kanye West has yet to create a less than stellar album in the nine years since his first debut. Unfortunately Cruel Summer was mostly forgettable. You played it over and over hoping it’d get better. It never did. Read more…

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Solange’s “Losing You” Sounds Just As Good Live

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While one sister deals with fans mourning the breaking “news” of inauguration lip-sync-Gate, the younger sister nailed her performance of “Losing You” on France’s Le Grand Journal. Solange hit the stage with guitarist pal Dev Hynes of Blood Orange and Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift on drums.  Read more…

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Kanye West, Kings Of Leon And Mystery Act Headline 2013 Governors Ball With Performances By Nas, Miguel, The Lumineers

The Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City has absolutely nothing to do with the governor just in case you were wondering. And while the three day event of diverse acts is five months away, an official lineup announcement video dropped naming two of the three headliners. Kanye West and Kings of Leon are headlining the festival along with a mystery act that hasn’t been disclosed yet. A month before Kanye’s second-coming baby is born he’ll hit the stage at Randall’s Island. Read more…