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Rita Ora Career Check: Everything You Need To Know Before Ora‘s Debut

Let’s call it the Rita Ora bubble. The Kosovo born, London raised star has hard at work on her debut album since 2009 and all the while she’s been busy building herself hype. Over the past few years, she’s given a lot of interviews, played festivals, made nice with Rob Kardashian, and begun hinting at a fashion line in the works. She’s made sure to keep visible and to always be looking good with crimson lips, fly style, and a big smile. As a result, she’s been fun to root for, and not just because she’s got a big dog like Jay-Z behind her. But she only has a handful of songs to her name, and with her debut release Ora finally close on the horizon, we have to wonder what exactly we are going to get. Can she live up to the hype? Or will the bubble pop? Let’s break it down. Read more…

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Spice Girls Are Going To Take Us Back To The 90s With Olympics Closing Ceremony Performance

Olympics Closing Ceremony

This year’s Olympics has been a whirlwind of fun that is sadly coming to an end this Sunday. After much frantic excitement, loud cheers rooting for our favorite athletes and teams, we’re looking forward to Sunday’s A Symphony Of British Music closing ceremony concert. A gaggle of UK artists will serenade the 10,000 athletes that competed in this year’s Olympics in a televised concert. Rumored artists aside, and there are plenty, we know for sure the Spice Girls will reunite to take us back to the good ‘ol days of “Wannabe,” and we couldn’t be more ecstatic. Read more…

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Adam “MCA” Yauch’s Will Prohibits Advertising From Using His Image Or Music

MCA's Will Prohibits Use Of His Music In Any Advertising

We still can’t believe Beastie BoysAdam “MCA” Yauch is gone. He kept his word on never selling out to corporate, though, and even in death he’s honoring that promise. DNA Info reports that MCA’s last will and testament specifically instructed that his image, music and any art he’s created be prohibited from use in advertisement. Considering the number of ads where deceased stars like John Lennon, Kurt Cobain and Louis Armstrong have appeared well past their death, this ban is completely understandable. The rhymes from “Triple Trouble” take on a whole new meaning now. “Cause I’m a specializer, rhyme reviser/Ain’t selling out to advertisers/What you get is what you see/And you won’t see me out there advertising.” Read more…

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Keeping Up With Drake’s Drama Over Executive Producer Creds For Aaliyah’s Posthumous Album

A Timeline of Drake and Aaliyah Drama

Unintentionally, Drake has started quite the sh*tstorm over his executive producer aspirations of Aaliyah‘s posthumous album. Drake’s obsession, we mean admiration, of Aaliyah as an artist runs deep, so deep he inked her face on his back last year. Before the drama surrounding the veracity of the upcoming album he’s EP’ing, he’d big up his favorite artist in interviews. The name dropping was not only an ode to the fallen angel, but a precursor to all of the back and forth about whether or not Drake will have anything to do with Aaliyah’s new music, and if he really has the family’s blessing. If you’re having a hard time keeping up with it all, here’s a timeline of what we know so far. Read more…

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Jordin Sparks Praises Whitney Houston For Being Down-To-Earth And Cool Despite Her ‘Supernova Superstar’ Status

In an ideal world we’d celebrate Whiney Houston‘s legacy every day. On her 49th birthday today we’re obviously grooving to the 11 videos of her No. 1 hits. As we dance as much as we can in our chairs to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” we also think about how loved Whitney was by her fans and everyone that knew her. We chatted with Jordin Sparks about working with Whitney on Sparkle. She reveled in Whitney’s ability to light up a room any room she walked in. The two formed a bond on the set of 1976 remake of Sparkle, which debuts August 17th, and led to the duet “Celebrate.” Read more…

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Artists As Executives: Young Jeezy Joins The Atlantic Records Staff

Over the last few weeks, Executive Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records Mike Caren has been making noise about a new Director position open in his department. While news of the Urban/Rhythmic-focused gig spread through re-tweets and industry word-of-mouth, it appears a different role in Atlantic’s A&R department was also up for grabs: Senior Vice President.

Late last night, Atlanta DJ Greg Street of V103 announced over the air that Jeezy was joining forces with Atlantic Records; not added to their artist roster, the Snow Man would instead be considered an addition to their staff, lending his expertise to Mike Caren’s A&R group by landing the role of Senior VP.

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“Lights” Hits #2 On The Billboard And Now “Anything Could Happen” For Ellie Goulding

Though hanging tough in the top ten of our own Song of the Summer competition, Ellie Goulding‘s “Lights” has finally broached the top of the Billboard 100 charts. Sure, the effervescent “Lights” has been out for almost two years now, and is so popular in England that she got to serenade Kate and Will at their royal wedding and gets to date Skrillex. But after two years of rise, and held off from the tippy-top only by the indelible “Call Me Maybe,” it seems only reasonable that we go ahead and call “Lights” what it is: a hit.

But Goulding is moving on. Her sophomore album Halcyon is due out in October, and today she debuted and perfectly named lead single, “Anything Could Happen.” A bit more thumping but still swaddled in shimmery synth, “Anything Could Happen” shows off Goulding’s optimism and also a new, soulful edge to her voice that we haven’t heard in her other stuff. It’s a little different, but in a good way. And really, with “Lights” making the final push to the top and with Halcyon on the horizon, all eyes are on Goulding. Anything could happen.

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Who Rocked “Ghetto Baby” Better: Lana Del Rey Or Cheryl Cole?

Lana Del Rey and Cheryl Cole "Ghetto Baby"

“Come on over ghetto baby, drop it like it’s hot girl,” Cheryl Cole and Lana Del Rey sing. Lana Del Rey is the latest victim to have her music leaked on the mean streets of the Internet. The expanded “Paradise” edition of Born to Die is due in November, but four new LDR songs recently leaked, including her version of “Ghetto Baby.” Originally penned by LDR, she gifted British singer Cheryl Cole with the song for Cole’s A Million Lights album. Although we’re not quite sure what a ghetto baby actually is, Cheryl’s version has a drum pattern that invokes a slight head nod. If we had to choose the potential dance worthy track, it’d be Cheryl’s. Read more…

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P!nk’s Is Putting Everyone To Work On Her New Album: Eminem And Fun. Join The Mix

Anticipation for P!nk’s The Truth About Love keeps growing and growing. We’ve already adopted the album’s first single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” as our break-up anthem and gone giddy over the news that expectant mother Lily Allen and P!nk’s cute daughter Willow will be featured on the album. And today, the word gets better still because Eminem and Nate Ruess of fun. have joined the mix, as well! Babies, rockers and rappers — is there no one P!nk can’t work with? Lily Allen, Eminem and fun. — is there no one P!nk is not not working with. Read more…

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We Will Always Love You: Celebrating Whitney Houston’s 49th Birthday With No. 1 Hits’ Videos

Whitney Houston's 49th Birthday

Whitney Houston would have celebrated her 49th birthday today. Six months after her sudden death and we’re still coping with the loss of a tremendous once-in-a-lifetime vocal talent. On her born day we’re going to celebrate the life she lived through her music. Her flawless voice carried her hit singles to the top of Billboard charts, breaking records once held by only The Beatles and The Bee Gees. Through Whitney’s incomparable gift she touched millions. Whether it was the uptempo feel good “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” or the love ballad “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney’s beautiful spirit shined through and made us feel as bright of a star as she was.  Enjoy the videos to her 11 No. 1 hits. Happy Birthday, Whitney!

Song: “Saving All My Love For You”
Released: August 24, 1985
Peak Position: #1 for 1 week

Song: “How Will I Know”
Released: December 28, 1985
Peak Position: #1 for 2 weeks

Song: “Greatest Love Of All”
Released: April 5, 1986
Peak Position: #1 for 3 weeks

Song: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
Released: May 16, 1987
Peak Position: #1 for 2 weeks

Song: “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”
Released: August 8, 1987
Peak Position: #1 for 2 weeks

Song: “So Emotional”
Released: November 12, 1987
Peak Position: #1 for 3 weeks

Song: “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”
Released: November 14, 1992
Peak Position: #1 for 2 weeks

Song: “I’m Your Baby Tonight”
Released: October 27, 1990
Peak Position: #1 for 1 week

Song: “All The Man That I Need”
Released: January 5, 1991
Peak Position: #1 for 1 week

Song: “I Will Always Love You”
Released: November 14, 1992
Peak Position: #1 for 14 weeks

Song: “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”
Released: November 25, 1995
Peak Position: #1 for 1 week

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