Tamar Braxton slayed “Love and War.” And you will deal. Years of singing backup for her sister, two reality shows later, Tamar’s new music allows her to step from behind the “Toni Braxton‘s little sister” veil. Her talent and name is ready to stand on its own two. Read more…
This morning on Ellen, Christina Aguilera unwrapped “Just A Fool,” a lazy belter off of Lotus, an album we actually quit liked, that has her duet-ing with country superstar and her fellow The Voice judge Blake Shelton. Aguilera has tried a lot of genres and styles in her many years of pop stardom, and one thing that’s remained true through it all is that the woman can sing. “Just A Fool” makes good use of that talent, giving her (and Shelton!) space to hit all the really big notes. And hit them they did on Ellen’s festive sound-stage today. Mostly they kept things casual — both wearing jeans, neither letting go of their mics — but there is nothing casual about how good they sounded.
The B.I.G. autopsy report TMZ released today–15 years after Biggie was murdered–leaves us scratching our heads. Why rehash news from 15 years ago without any new information outside of the fact that only one of the four shots being fatal?
TMZ got its hands on the never seen before document which details exactly where the bullets entered the Brooklyn MC, and which vital organs were hit. Sidebar: How does TMZ always end up with unreleased docs? That darn Harvey Levin. According to the autopsy, Big was hit in his left forearm, his back and the bullet exited through his left shoulder, his outer left thigh and the fatal bullet entered his right hip hitting his colon, liver, heart and upper lobe of his left lung. He was only 24. Read more…
There are two big Psy stories floating around today, one that’s nice and another that’s other less so. Let’s start with the good news, shall we?
Apparently Psy is on track to end the year nearly 1 billion YouTube views and $8.1 million dollars richer. According this AP report, the the South Korean pop star that taught the world to giddy-up dance has been seriously racking in the revenue from YouTube ads and iTunes downloads. So there we have it: there’s plenty of money to be made in music, you just have to be Taylor Swift and/or a viral sensation.
This next story is less expected, and unfortunately it’s significantly less heart warming, too:
Nicki is somewhere giving the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences a major side-eye like the one in the above photo. A day after Justin Bieber‘s manager, Scooter Braun, used his Twitter page to rant about Bieber deserving a Grammy nomination, Manaj’s manager, Cortez Bryant, caught on to the trend. And Bryant isn’t happy with his artist’s non-inclusion. It was all positive at first. “Congrats to @LilTunechi and @Drake and @Hit_Boy on their Grammy Noms butttt……” With that many t’s in ‘but’ the next tweet was bound to go awry. “They was on some bullsh*t for not nominating @NICKIMINAJ.” Oh, really? Read more…
This new, black-and-white shot video for Emeli Sandé‘s “Clown” is no laughing matter. The Scottish songstress’s sharp vocals are weighted with emotion, because like she recently told a sold-out crowd at the Royal Albert Hall in London, “the lyrics of this song are so important to me. No matter how kind you are to people someone is always looking for a clown and sometimes you can be that clown.” But as the bookers for the London Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Rihanna and Alicia Keys and we (– Sandé is a former You Oughta Know artist! — will tell you: her talent is not joke. Read more…
Last night, Ke$ha debuted her new single “C’Mon” on The X Factor in a pair of leather thigh high boots and with her bottle-blonde mane teased big. For most of the performance she stood alone on a platform, rolling around on the ground and performing stripper moves while singing astoundingly well. There were some lasers and projections of planets and tigers, but it seemed pretty pared down for a natural maximalist like K$. Until the song’s final breakdown that is, at which point her glowing palms summoned a troupe of foxes and a flurry of glitter. Phew! That’s our girl — a little rowdy, a little raunchy and a lot rock star. If Ke$ha wanted to do this every night we would certainly watch.
Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating the eight-day Festival of Lights starting tomorrow! We’re all about any holiday that involves gift exchanges and food, so we’re facing off Drake and Adam Lambert – two pop stars who, practicing or not, have a Jewish heritage. Who’s video would you bet your dreidel stash on to win this battle: “HYFR” or “Whataya Want From Me?” Read our case for each if you can’t decide. Vote after the jump while we our stuff our faces with latkes. Mmmm…latkes.
Like Santa down a chimney, A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary album dropped last month and it was like Christmas come early. The double-disc, sixteen song compilation has all our favorite acts — Jewel, Michael Bublé, Jordin Sparks, OneRepublic, Jason Mraz, Christina Aguilera, for just a few — singing all the classic Christmas carols, but sounding all the more angelic because proceeds from the album go to the Special Olympics. So basically, if you’re not watching these 5 off-beat holiday videos, you should probably be listening to this Very Special compilation.
Train‘s contribution, a rock-infused rendition of “Joy To The World,” shows off everything that’s fun about the collections. The video inter-cuts footage of the band hard at work in the studio, scenes from the Special Olympics and festive Christmastime imagery. And Train interweave their “Calling All Angels” seamlessly into their otherwise faithful interpretation of the holiday season classic, giving good (not that you should need one) reason for adding yet another version of this song to the collection.
Wendy Williams has gone and done what few before her have been brave enough to do: she dissed Beyoncé. The vaunted talk show host went in this morning, telling her loyal daytime audience that she’ll be tuned-in when the Queen B’s HBO documentary airs in February, but confessing that she’ll have to turn the closed captioning on because “She can’t talk.” Ouch!