Getting Rihanna As A Grammy Performer Means Putting Up With Talk Of Chris Brown

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Rihanna to Perform At Grammys With Chris Brown?

With the 55th Annual Grammy Awards about a month away, the Recording Academy announced the show’s crop of performers on Wednesday morning. Among those taking the stage on February 10: The Black Keys, fun., Mumford and Sons, Rihanna and Taylor Swift. There aren’t many head-scratchers here, as the confirmed acts are among the most highly nominated artists this year– fun. and Mumford and Sons lead all eligible names with six nods each–and personalities like Taylor and RiRi are highly coveted in prime-time events given the amount of pre-show buzz they can stir up with a single tweet or sad photo opp.

Leave room for a surprise amalgam of celebs who seemingly have no correlation with one another (remember Chris Brown, Deadmau5 and the Foo Fighters in 2012?) and/or an additional performance from Bruce Springsteen or Paul McCartney who have basically become the Grand Marshals of this stuff these days. For those who only tune in for the canned banter between awards, LL Cool J will return as host, but hopefully this time his schtick will not include beat-boxing with a woefully incompetent sidekick. Sorry, Taylor!

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It’s 2013 And Psy Isn’t Going Anywhere: “Gangnam Style” Star Lands Super Bowl Commerical

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Psy Super Bowl Commercial

The main players may not be set yet, but planning surrounding Super Bowl XLVII continues to come together. We already know that Beyoncé is performing what will likely be a historic, monumental, fabulous halftime show, the likes of which Rick Ross‘ vocabulary has never described, but which personalities–the soon-to-be star, or fringe types–will reproduce Eddie Money-type greatness in between plays? One of the first reports of commercials set to air during the big game is a 30-second commercial for Wonderful Pistachios. The project is a pair of first for both the snack company and the South Korean star, who reportedly completely filming in North Hollywood on Tuesday.

Whether or not his fleeting presence in the ad will help sell additional packages of nuts has yet to be seen.

Gangnam Style’s Psy Just Filmed A Super Bowl Ad [Business Insider]

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Kid Cudi To His Record Label: ‘If Things Don’t Change Soon, There’s Gonna Be Some Problems’

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Artists and record label squabbles are as dated as the existence of said labels. Kid Cudi has a bone to pick with his label Universal Republic for the lack of radio spins for two of his singles from the forthcoming Indicud. Instead of hashing out his concerns in an office or over champagne he aired out his grievances on Twitter. No more are the days of keeping personal/business matters behind closed doors. Read more…

Another Reason To Love Florence Welch: She Owns A$AP Rocky’s “I Come Apart”

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There’s excitement about the Harlem kid who unapologetically wears plaits and pushes fashion boundaries by fearlessly rocking a skirt. Almost a full month before A$AP Rocky‘s long awaited LongLiveASAP his full album leaked to his disappointment. It’s expected for an album to leak a week prior to release, but a full month is a devastating blow to a new artist. When your entire LP leaks individual songs will soon follow. “I Come Apart,” a bonus track featuring Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine hit the ‘net today showcasing one of the many experimental sounds he toys with.

He opens sounding like a younger Kanye. “I thought you said you’d never leave.” With little bass A$AP opts for a calm flow. By his final verse he’s gone from sounding like Yeezy to Wiz Khalifa. Florence’s voice is the song’s glory. Instinctively you hone in on the chorus she sings. A$AP takes chances. It has been one of his greatest assets. You’re unable to put A$AP in any type of box. He knows that and lives by it in his music.

A$AP Rocky feat. Florence Welch – I Come Apart (leak) [Oh No They Didn't]

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There’s Nothing Sugary Sweet About Willow Smith’s “Sugar And Spice”

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“But I’m melancholy and can’t do anything right” wouldn’t seem far fetched from an adult who has bills or heartbreak or family drama or just plain ol’ life to cope with. Too bad “Sugar and Spice” is the latest from 12-year-old Willow Smith. Not to undermine the very real pain many adolescents feel for a myriad of reasons, but it causes great pause to hear the child of megastars Will and Jada Pinkett Smith softly sing, “…while I’m drowning.” Read more…

Beyonce And Kelly Clarkson To Sing Their Hearts Out For The President’s Second Inauguration

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Weeks before Beyonce drops it low during the Super Bowl’s halftime show she has presidential matters to tend to. The avid Obama supporter will return to the president’s second inauguration to perform on stage at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. During the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball at the 2009 inauguration Bey sang Etta James‘ “At Last” while the president and First Lady slow danced. Topping “At Last” will be no easy task. Read more…

Nas Talks About Friendship With Amy Winehouse, Illmatic And The Price Of Fame At 92Y

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Nas is finally having his moment. Rolling Stones’ Anthony DeCurtis got the legendary Queens rapper to spit the first rhyme he wrote at nine or 11; he doesn’t remember the exact age. The rhymes were impeccable for a kid under the age of 18. In that moment where the poetry of the first rhyme he ever wrote rolled off his tongue, it was clear to me his destiny was to become one of the illest MCs to ever bless the mic.

New York City loves Nasir Jones. A hometown hero of sorts. Following his stellar New Year’s Eve performance at Radio City, Nas was both transparent and funny during his one-on-one conversation at NYC’s 92Y last night. While gushing over Marvin Gaye‘s Here, My Dear, which he said influenced him greatly, he joked about the similarities between himself and the late singer. “He had tax problems. I got tax problems. Still do,” he said as the audience erupted with laughter. It was the many moments like the aforementioned that broke up the “monotony of seriousness.” Read more…

Taylor Swift’s Split From Harry Styles Allows For Sad Photo Opps and More Tour Buzz

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Taylor Swift Sad On A Boat

“I’m (sniffle) on a (sniffle) boat. A one-way ticket to a lonely island, please.”

It seems like only yesterday we were oohing and aahing over the painfully cute/much too perfect photos of Taylor Swift strolling through New York’s Central Park with One Direction‘s Harry Styles. (Probably because it was only yesterday a month ago?) Despite being extremely wealthy and good-looking, it looks like these two won’t be making their musical fantasies a reality, as reports that their fledgling relationship is already over surfaced on Monday. Maybe Taylor wasn’t a fan of Harry’s growing tattoo collection, or quitting her diet of breakfast at midnight helped her realize that she’s been there, done that when it comes to dating barely legal boyfriends? Did Ed Sheeran finally get in the way? More likely, the harsh truth that you never really know someone until you travel together came to bite these two lovebirds in the behind. (Harry always seemed like a sloppy packer to us.)

Then again, it’s hard to commit to using words like “breakup” and “split” given the black-and-forth nature of Taylor (and Justin and Demi’s) various romances, as well as the valuable PR stock her allegiance with 1D provides. Both have new albums out, with ambitious tours slated for 2013 (kicking off in March for Taylor; February for Harry and One Direction). A few weeks of conflicting reports of revenge and reconciliation couldn’t hurt either one–just look at Bieber’s Believe tour; the Bieb may have struggled at points depending on where he stood with Selena Gomez, but fans showed up regardless. But back to the details: Taylor and Harry spent New Year’s Eve together in New York City, capping her live Times Square performance off with a very public makeout among the crowd. Harry did seem a little hesitant to us; maybe he’s not the PDA-type? After ringing in the New Year, the two jetted off to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, where they had enough time to pose for friendly photos with fans and wear pretty sundresses before things fell apart. The Daily Mail says HaylorGate 2K13 ended in an “almighty row” and we’d like to believe it, because the Brits always make things sound better and more serious.

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One Direction Swims, Surfs And Gets Shirtless In “Kiss You” Video

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If you thought “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Live While We’re Young” were completely uninhibited in their level of gosh darn cuteness, One Direction‘s latest video for “Kiss You” takes adorable to new heights in 2013.

Like the lyrics say (“Oh, I just wanna take you anywhere that you like”) all five guys are up for just about any kind of dating activity, be it in the surf or snow—which means they each have the makings of the perfect Bachelor contestant, should they ever need help in that department—as they travel from various Elvis Presley-inspired locales (just in time for his birthday!). The diverse settings serve as nods to the King’s classics like Jailhouse Rock and Blue Hawaii, as well as Frankie Avalon‘s various cinematic vacation parties on the slopes and sand, allowing the guys to show off their sillier sides and their swim trunks.

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Who’s Got 2 Tickets To Paradise? Eddie Money, That’s Who!

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The surprise star of the NFL playoffs this weekend was not, as many analysts predicted, one of the many talented rookie quarterbacks (Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson) who led their teams into battle. Rather, it was classic rock veteran Eddie Money, who both delighted and confounded #couchgating aficionados when he repeatedly popped up on television screens nationwide as the star of a brand new GEICO commercial.

It’s been a minute since we last heard from Money, the Brooklyn-born rocker who is no stranger to comebacks. He first made his name in the late 70s with his eponymous debut album, which contained the hit singles “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets To Paradise.” The latter only reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100, but has been in rotation on classic rock radio since the format was invented in the Eighties. Money disappeared for most of the early 1980s, but made a solid comeback in 1986 with Can’t Hold Back, which contained the biggest hit of Money’s career, “Take Me Home Tonight,” his duet with Ronnie Spector. He hasn’t had a Top 40 hit since the dawn of the 90s, but Money continues to be a constant fixture on the concert circuit each and every summer.
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