Rihanna knows how to make history. The 777 tour will go down in history as the brilliant marketing idea that was poorly executed. The journalists became the story after days of having no access to Rihanna, minimum Wi-fi (which is essential to doing the work of a journalist), little sleep and having to wait on a plane for hours. By the third day the bad press had made it rounds on the ‘net. Still, Rihanna had little effs to give and remained mostly ghost. Read more…
Earlier this month, Big Boi suggested to the Village Voice that his long time partner in crime Andre 3000‘s absence on his upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, due out December 11th, was a matter of priority — the no good, very bad news: “He had to do some Gillette shit. No for real.” — before calling his comments back and calling for an end to all questions Outkast related. The two ATLiens insist things are good between them, and with past label drama settled they are free to make music together as they please; but unfortunately, for one reason another and to the great dismay of Outkast-stans far and wide, they aren’t. But they are both still making music, and both had something new to share yesterday: Big Boi, his banging hometown anthem “In The A;” and as for Andre, his much-anticipated feature on T.I.‘s “Sorry.” It’s not a new Outkast song exactly, but if played in quick succession, these two songs might be of some consolation to yearning fans.
Jay-Z is a perfectionist. No breaking story there, it’s nothing we didn’t already know. Hov’s unsatisfactory with a verse he recorded for Meek Mill‘s “Lay Up” from his debut Dreams and Nightmares has surfaced and we understand why he 86’d it. Read more…
And just as it was beginning to seem that early American Idol drama had begun to dial down, the quiet has been broken by a bell signaling a new round: this time, with Nicki Minaj and Steven Tyler trading barbs over Nicki’s judging ability. Speaking with MTV last week, Tyler lamented the lack of “camaraderie” between judges this season before really digging his teeth into Nicki, saying:
“These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere and they’re in New York City, they’re scared to death; you’re not going to get the best [out of them]. … If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying.”
Nicki, of course, is not so sure that’s the case; and so yesterday she took to Twitter to defend herself against the Aerosmith frontman and Idol veteran’s criticisms. She suggested that he may be bitter about having lost his seat at the table, or more damning yet, that his “cornfield” comments might have been racist: Read more…
To build excitement ahead of his fifth album Jesus Piece‘s arrival on December 11th, Game has been dropping new music each week, #SundayService style. This week the Compton rapper and soon-to-be hitched Marrying The Game star used the pulpit to share a Wale collaboration called “Stripper.” Not your grandmother’s Sunday Service, this latest installment pays homage to dancers, but not the kind you’ll see at Lincoln Center.
Over a lazy and soulful beat, he goes into great (and often vulgar) detail as to the things he likes about strippers: work ethic (“She got two jobs, work late, college courses on her plate”), her look (“Them high heels, that black lace, that long weave”) and their taste in music (“UGK on the iPod”). He’s got one girl in particular on his mind, a girl with hips “like the kit of a Challenger” and she’s “the best [Drake‘s] ever had”: Maliah Michel.
“I knew Maliah before Maliah went to H-Town and that’s straight up,” he raps, staking certain claims for Drake’s -ex. And as for Drake’s tendency to rap about her, Game sounds like he’s not having it: “Drake talking ‘bout her /Make a n**** mad, you heard that song? Yeah, best that he ever had.” Wale chimes in in agreement, but unlike Drake, he is careful not to step on Game’s toes: “My favorite stripper although I got some options.”
Marrying The Game airs Monday night at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, and don’t miss our recaps over at the VH1 Blog!
50 Cent is a smart business man. For his new single “My Life” featuring Eminem and Adam Levine, the choice of his co-collaborators screams dollar signs. Somewhere around a round conference table 50 Cent told his team, “Get me the two hottest guys out right now–a rapper and singer–and we’re going to make a boatload of money.” Well played, 50. Read more…
We’re ushering in the winter with some blues from our November You Oughta Know artist, Gary Clark Jr. The sweet sounds of his mellow voice from his You Oughta Know live session and Big Morning Buzz Live performance have seriously assisted in fighting the blues the cold weather brings about. But “Ain’t Messin ‘Round” won’t leave you with feelings of melancholy. In fact, the speedy guitar riffs are likely to inspire you to grab a dance partner and allow the two-stepping and swing to ensue. And you’ll certainly feel uber confident with lyrics like, “I don’t believe in competition/Ain’t nobody else like me around.” So, “play cool” as you lose yourself in the intoxicating guitar strings.
You can download an MP3 of this incredible Gary Clark Jr. performance of “Ain’t Messin’ Round” here on VH1 Tuner for free! But be quick — the link expires at midnight on Monday, December 3 and you don’t want to miss out.
Gary Clark Jr – “Ain’t Messin’ Round” (MP3) (UPDATE: Sorry, this link expired!)
After a year and a half of nonstop touring in support of their Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay have decided to grant their hard-working confetti cannons a temporary reprieve. Last week frontman Chris Martin hinted that the band may be calling it quits for a little while, telling the sold-out Brisbane crowd that, “This is the last big show for three years or so. I don’t want to stop.”One album, 100 hundred stadiums and five continents later, even the most heartbroken fans should agree that these guys have earned the chance to viva their vidas.
They’ve still got three more dates scheduled — one in Connecticut on December 29 and two in Brooklyn, where they’ll ring in the new year with Jay-Z — so here’s to hoping they pull out all the stops before settling into their time off (or Apple and Moses duty, for those members of Coldplay who have born children with GOOP proprietress Gwyneth Paltrow).
Like the true controlling workaholic we all know Beyoncé is, she’s taking it all NEXT LEVEL, releasing a feature-length documentary on HBO that she has not only lived, but also directed. Talk about taking your life in your own hands! Bey’s doc is bound to be a classic, weaving viewers through the life and work of the famously buttoned-up pop star.
The film is a multi-faceted portrait of the 16-time Grammy Award-winning singer, businesswoman, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, wife and mother, showing off the extraordinary gifts that have made her a global phenomenon, and stripping away the veneer of stardom. It includes extensive first-person footage, some of it shot by Beyoncé on her laptop, in which she reflects on the realities of celebrity, the refuge she finds onstage and the transcendent joy of becoming a mother last year.
“…Shot by Beyoncé on her laptop…”
The film sheds light on her childhood in Houston, with home movies revealing the close bond she built with her family and charts the challenges Beyoncé felt when she decided to manage her career and build her own company, Parkwood Entertainment. The film also captures the intense physical and emotional demands she goes through in the studio, preparing for live performances, running a business and her family life including her return to the spotlight after the birth of her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012.
I have a feeling Beyoncé also served as Copywriter on this press release.
There’s something extraordinary about Beyoncé in that she continually pretends to reveal “behind the scenes” footage of herself that is actually more carefully crafted than the magazine covers she appears on. For example, when Beyoncé’s Tumblr was revealed earlier this year, the photos revealed a stripped down Beyoncé–Lounging poolside, makeup-less–all the things you’d imagine a real Beyoncé would be. But despite the outtake style, there’s still something completely perfect about Bey. Like even her outtakes are (secretly!) not the outtakes. A journey into Instagram, has revealed Bey to be more of a fashion blogger–but any Instagram user can tell that there’s no way those photos were actually taken on the app itself.
Real or not, the documentary is set to premiere on HBO on February 15, 2013. Set your DVR(s) accordingly. Or she’ll probably do it for you.
[Photo via Beyoncé’s Facebook]
Ke$ha‘s upcoming album Warrior doesn’t hit shelves until December 4, but bits and pieces of the much anticipated Animal followup have begun to hit the ‘net. Amongst the bunch of new K-$ leaks are a “We R Who We R” follow-up, her much-coveted Iggy Pop duet and the song she wrote about that one time with a ghost.
“Supernatural” has Ke$ha sing-rapping praise for post-life fornication. It sounds pretty much like a Ke$ha song — a scorching dance beat, some laser-y synths and a dash of autotune — and doesn’t really get into the nitty-gritty of the ghoulish act, but it does find her YOLO-ing like usual as she encourages: “Get a little bit wrong / Get a little bit wild / Get a little bit high off of this love tonight.” It’s grinding and not for the faint of heart, but — you know, neither is ghost sex. So! Listen while you can over here.