Trent Reznor has launched a new project with Atticus Ross and his wife Mariqueen Maandig called How to Destroy Angels, because Nine Inch Nails‘ maybe new music and his sound tracking or all that award winning has not kept him busy enough. Their new EP, An Omen, received largely positive reviews, Pitchfork heralding it as ‘immaculately pieced together, richly detailed and suitably moody,” while Rolling Stone was left (rightly) wondering: “Nine Inch Nails fronted by a hot femme singer? Why didn’t anyone think of it sooner?” And we were nonetheless pleasantly surprised when we hit “Play” on this new video for their “Ice Age.”
Rick Ross is the biggest boss that you’ve seen thus far. But you knew that already because he’s only been grunting it since ’07. To validate his self-proclaimed admiration of himself, GQ has named the Miami rapper the Bawse of the Year 2012. For your viewing pleasure his coveted title includes a very special (by special we’re really blowing smoke, but stay with us, people!) shirtless photo of the Head Boss In Charge draped in mink. Let us not forget he’s flipping the bird to all, while hiding half of his face under his mink. It’s like he’s saying, “F you, you peons! My mink has more swag. Uhhhhh.” Well alright then, bawse man. Read more…
Future is quickly becoming the new “it” guy. He’s one of the new-age rappers that can’t really be confined to a narrow space. He raps, but then he sings, albeit auto-tune assisted. He’s slowly honing his new niche–making music with the leading ladies of R&B and pop. He landed on Rihanna‘s “Loveeeeeee Song” from her No. 1 album Unapologetic; and Ciara called up the rapper for the remix to “Sorry.” For the remix to “Neva End” he’s enlisted R&B veteran Kelly Rowland, who is the go-to girl for hot seductive songs with rappers. And although “Neva End” is Future’s song, Kelly owns it. Read more…
As her 777 tour wound down last week, “Diamonds” became Rihanna’s 12th chart topping single, making Rihanna the pop star with the most No. 1 singles ever, an unusual honor when you consider that she had yet to put out a chart topping album to match. But this week that’s changed, as Unapologetic lands atop the charts this week, earning the star yet another plaque for her wall and her first ever No. 1 album. Seventh time’s a charm?
The good, bad and definitely about Chris Brown album debuts this week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with 238,000 copies sold. Which isn’t an incredible debut week, especially given Taylor Swift‘s insane 1.2 million or Mumford & Sons 600,000 or even Kendrick Lamar‘s none too shabby 242,122 albums sold showings, but it’s good enough to get Rihanna her first No. 1 album and to bring “legit” tears to her eyes. It’s a little bit hard to believe that this is the first time, but Unapologetic is also the first album release that she’s celebrated mid-air with hundreds of fans and journalists — so probably that Rihannairplane has paid itself off?
It’s often said that timing is everything, and Meek Mill’s debut album couldn’t have arrived in a more luckless moment. The eve of his Dreams & Nightmares release brought him eclipsing circumstances in the form of Superstorm Sandy hitting the East Coast, and while folks in the Northeast were battening down the hatches and preparing for the worst, the Philly spitter promoted his album on Twitter heavily, all while sheltering a house full of relatives from the storm.
A number of @-replies and retweets attacking the rapper for being insensitive to the tropical cyclone reality at hand spilled into my Twitter timeline, and I myself, stuck in the house and concerned for friends and family, admittedly thought that maybe the active promotion was in poor taste. And I’m a fan. But can we blame him? Meek Mill had been waiting to release his first full-length album since he was 16-years-old and, conflicted by an influx of somber reports on flooded communities and power-loss, wasn’t about to allow the building odds to thwart his momentum. Read more…
Their numbering system might be slightly off, but bear with us: Before ¡Trés!, the final installment in Green Day‘s ambitious ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Trés! trilogy drops on December 15th, comes ¡Quatro!, a documentary about their recording process that premieres tonight on VH1. And before we get ¡Quatro!, we get these sneak peeks.
Before embarking on this ambitions run, Green Day returned their act back to the intimate clubs and small venues they technically outgrew decades ago. “Playing clubs is really important to us because it just keeps us energized,” Billie Joe Armstrong explains of the shows that helped them shake of any dust and work out the kinks after so many years of performing together. “We needed to scare the sh*t out of ourselves a little bit.”
I Am Not A Human Being II has been the long-awaited album from Lil Wayne featuring the lead single “No Worries.” Kanye may not be contributing any music to the project, but he is trying his hand at designing. Ye is packaging Wayne’s album, which means he’s designing the cover art, inside booklet and the visuals for I Am Not A Human Being II. He’s taken jack of all trades to another level. Read more…
Not so surprisingly, CeeLo doesn’t celebrate X-Mas like you or I. With his new holiday album, Cee Lo’s Magical Moment, he’s got a few traditions of his own–and they span all the way from wholesome fun with The Muppets to hot air ballon rides with bikini-wearing giraffes. Thanks to “This Christmas” and “All I Need Is Love” each getting their own video, CeeLo’s smartly flooding the market (that’s the “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Market, FYI).
In “All I Need Is Love”, which will forever be known as “Wait, remember that Christmas song CeeLo did where he used The Muppets theme song?” everyone’s celebrating the holiday with gifts and cheer. One Muppet even got an iPhone:
This morning, Grace Potter (sans the Nocturnals) broke from her tour to drop by Big Morning Buzz Live once again to talk share Grace’s new Grace Under Fire chocolate bars and to perform a stripped down and particularly stunning version of “Stars.”
“Stars” is one of The Lion the Beast the Beat‘s more solemn tracks, with a piano line so languid and Potter singing about on of Potter’s childhood idols who “always did take it a little bit too far,” as she recalled during their VH1 Storytellers. It’s the sort of song that sits heavy in the gut, but she insists that the tears it inevitably summons not be she for her sake. “As much as I wrote it for myself about a friend who I lost, one of my favorite things about the song is seeing how other people react to it,” she told Carrie Keagan this morning. “I am glad to get it out their to the world.” And though we might have something in our eye after watching this clip, we too are feeling very glad that she got this song out into the world.
50 Cent didn’t take much of a gamble with “My Life,” the first single off Street King Immortal which he describes as his “recovery, his comeback.” The song is radio-friendly and carefully calibrated for success, with features from a hip hop legend (that’d be: Eminem) and a chart-topping pop star (cue: Adam Levine) and a thoughtful role-out strategy that includes a radio premiere yesterday, a live-debut on The Voice last night (see below) and this geared up new video.
The big-budget video finds the song’s stars on the lam, in fancy cars and on foot as they run from helicopters and spotlights. “The video is kind of abstract; it’s kind of metaphoric in a sense, like the paranoia of feeling like we’re being chased,” Eminem told MTV News last month, explaining that they’re running to keep their personal lives safe from fame and fortune’s trappings because, “Whether it’s true or not, it’s kind of how we feel.”