CeeLo Goes Full Mariah Carey With Christmas Album, “CeeLo’s Magic Moment”

by (@lindseyweber)

It’s officially the day after Halloween which means we’re only two months away from the holidays. For the inherently festive that means: Christmas music. Naturally, America’s jolliest soul singer, CeeLo Green, has officially released his contribution to the Christmas canon. A Christmas album gives an artist to truly live eternally, piped through the speakers of a Bloomingdales during the holiday shopping rush, as Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas” has been for the past 100 years. Will CeeLo join the greats in Xmas eternity? Let’s go over the track list and see. Does CeeLo have the festivity it takes?

Wiz Khalifa Is Solo In “Tweak Is Heavy”

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Wiz Khalifa‘s in the office. Solo. But he isn’t getting any work done. The visuals for “The Tweak Is Heavy” from his Cabin Fever 2 mixtape is pretty minimalist. It looks like Wiz in the basement of a cold building. There’s a phone and laptop on the bare desk, but those are merely props since they aren’t being used. Instead he partakes in the luxuries of champagne and cigar smoking. And peep the no shirt under the jacket steez. What’s that really about? Read more…

The Songs Of Nashville, Episode 4: More Music, Less Shoplifting!

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The Music Of Nashville

This week on Nashville, the focus was less on the music and more on the love triangles and campy drama. Which was too bad, because this show excels at the music more than the camp. If I want to see a story about a young, immature starlet with mommy issues who likes to shoplift, I’ll peruse TMZ, thanksverymuch. But I still have a few highlights and things to discuss about episode 4, entitled “We Live In Two Different Worlds.” The first thing is this detailed, awesome interview with show creator Callie Khouri. The interview, posted this week over on Vulture, gets way in-depth about Khouri’s inspiration for the show. Read more…

New York And New Jersey Artists Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi To Perform For Hurricane Sandy Telethon

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Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi To Perform for Hurricane Sandy Telethon

Thankfully we survived Hurricane Sandy. Aside from a few power outages, flooded subways and cabin fever we weathered the storm with our Hurricane Sandy playlist. Surviving is one thing, but damage to the states of New Jersey and New York City is another. It’s going to be a long road to rebuilding and restoration. In an effort to help victims affected by the storm NBC Universal announced it will hold an one hour telethon with funds donated to the Red Cross. Read more…

Tuned In: Vampire Weekend Celebrate Halloween By Debuting A New Song On Jimmy Kimmel Live

by (@zaragolden)

With the exception of a side project here and a remix there, the boys of Vampire Weekend have hung mostly low since the release of their chart-topping 2010 album Contra. But word has it that they’re now back to work on a followup, and so it seems they are finally ready to share with the world wide what they’ve been doing in that studio. Last night while the world was passed-out post-sugar high, they showed up to Jimmy Kimmel Live for a special all hallows eve performance. And though they were done-up in full skeleton face paint, they brought no tricks just better than fun sized treats for the audience: their bouncy and grammar savvy hit “Oxford Comma” and a brand new track called “Unbelievers.”

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Ludacris Makes Fist Pumping “Rest Of My Life” EDM Song With Usher And David Guetta

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Ludacris, Usher, David Guetta Team Up for EDM Track

EDM is the new wave of the future for music. No, seriously. Ludacris is the latest artist to jump on the bandwagon of EDM craze with his latest single “Rest Of My Life” featuring Usher and David Guetta. Usher opens the track with his airy vocals to the house-electro production by David Guetta. Luda raps, “They say what don’t kill me can make me stronger/So two drinks tonight should help me live longer.” The song isn’t exactly innovative. Like any other EDM track, expect to see 20 somethings fist pumping when this drops in the club. Read more…

Snoop Lion Gets High, Hangs Out With A Bunch Of Kids And Burries Snoop Dogg

by (@zaragolden)

Look what Snoop Dogg dropped into our Trick-or-Treat bags last night! A first look at his turn as Snoop Lion the reggae star, by way of this oddity of an Eli Roth-directed video for “La La La,” fresh cut off of Snoop’s much ballyhooed about reggae album, Reincarnated. The song is not exactly what we’ve come to expect from the west coast rapper, but produced by Major Lazer (otherwise known as Diplo and Switch, or the producers responsible for much of the new No Doubt album), it’s a fine jam. This video, though, is a trick, treat and treasure to behold. Read more…

Rihanna Is Bringing A Plane Full Of Journalists And Superfans Along With Her On 777 World Tour (And We’re Totally Going)

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By Pegah Rashti (@PegahRashti)

We know Rihanna is full of surprises, but this just made our day, scratch that, OUR YEAR. The Bajan princess is set to embark on her 777 Tour to perform seven shows in seven countries in seven days, just in time for the release of her seventh studio album, Unapologetic, out November 19.

And the surprise part? The pop star has invited a group of superfans from her Rihanna Navy and 150 journalists (us!) from 82 countries to join her on a Boeing 777 Twin-jet (get it?) to travel to each show. Oh yeah, did we mention that WE’RE GOING???

That’s right folks, we’ll be there every step (er, flight) of the way giving you behind-the-scenes updates of it all. And hey: If we could pack you in our suitcase, we totes would.

Details of when and how to purchase 777 tickets to hang out with us along the way are yet to come. In the meantime, if you’re anything like us and need your Rihanna-fix ASAP, two limited edition deluxe box sets are available for pre-sale on RihannaNow.com.

Everything That’s Great Isn’t A Classic: Is It Too Soon To Label Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City As Such?

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Kendrick Lamar Sells 241K Albums

A classic rap album is born every five years or so. Extraordinary hip-hop bodies of art captured on a disc, though, are birthed more frequently, but the two aren’t always synonymous. Kendrick Lamar has something special. Indisputably. His 2011 digital only release Section.80 kicked off the co-signs of countless hip-hop fans, including his peers. Everyone wanted to see him win. The buzz around the 25-year-old Compton native  grew while he  continued to work on his first major label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. With all the hype, the pressure to deliver was heavy. There’s nothing worse than an album being overhyped then failing to live up to said hype. Read more…

Will Britney Spears Be Able To Sneak Any Cigarettes During X Factor Commercial Breaks Tonight?

by (@unclegrambo)

Britney Spears Smoking X Factor

It’s been 5 years, 1 month and 26 days since the last time Britney Spears last appeared for an extended period of time on live television. That occasion? Her infamous, zombified, bewigged performance of “Gimme More” at the 2007 Video Music Awards, an event that forever altered Britney’s reputation (and one, some would argue, that she never really recovered from).

In the five-plus years that have elapsed since that night, Britney has appeared on TV a handful of times (a VMA acceptance speech here and there, pre-taped segments of X Factor), but those events have always unfolded in a highly-controlled and scripted manner. Tonight marks her official return to the pressure-packed world of live television, and millions will be tuning into the X Factor on Fox tonight to see how she holds up under the spotlight. Britney admitted to Extra that she’s “a little nervous,” and it turns out her producers are, too, but not for the reasons you might think.

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