Ladies Night: Rihanna And Nicki Minaj Lead American Music Awards Nominations

by (@zaragolden)

Done up like a peacock in an a curve-hugging purple dress and her blonde locks dip-dyed pink, Christina Aguilera spent her morning reading off the nominees for the 2012 American Music Awards. Because AMA nominations are based on sales, airplay, social buzz and video streams, nominations tend to hue Top 10-centric, and this year proves no exception. Lady dynamos Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the pack with four nominations a piece, and will have to duel it out with Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson for  the Best Female Artist: Pop/Rock honor. Otherwise, Drake, Justin Bieber, Usher, Maroon 5 and One Direction trailing closely behind with three nods each.

It’s a little disappointing to see that some of the year’s most exciting acts — like Mumford & Sons, who broke records with their album; like Frank Ocean, who swelled-hearts with his; like Kanye West, who’s forever changing his game —  were left off the list, but we’re happy to take consolation in imagine all the fun photo-ops that will happen when all these superstars join together in one big room.

The award show airs live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET on November 18. Check out all the nominees below: Read more…

T.I. Tells His Side Of The Scott Stapp Suicide Story

by (@zaragolden)

Last week Creed‘s Scott Stapp left the internet wide eyed and wondering with his story about the time T.I. came to his rescue after he had tried to jump from his penthouse suite’s balcony. Stapp covered most of the big questions — Did they know each other? Yes, they had worked together on the Passion of The Christ compilation and they both love Alabama football. Why was T.I. there? He had checked into the last room, at the last minute. What’s T.I.’s favorite Creed song? Just kidding, Carrie Keagan must have asked that during the commercial break. — but left us with one nagging one: why would they wait so long to share such an unlikely and miraculous story?

T.I. called in to VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live this morning to share his side of the story, and in his telling he explained why he’s kept the heroic act under wraps for so long. First prefacing that “you got to keep in mind that my life has been rather eventful since 2006,” he took us back to that day at the Delano. He and his crew had just checked in, and they were out on the balcony taking in the view when all of a sudden they noticed a groaning above them: Read more…

Led Zeppelin Address Reunion Rumors In NYC Press Conference: “The Tail Should Never Wag The Dog”

by (@unclegrambo)

Led Zeppelin Celebration Day Press Conference

Memo to rock journalists looking to score a big scoop by getting the surviving members of Led Zeppelin —from left to right above, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant— to comment on whether or not the band will reunite for an extended concert tour: A direct line of questioning is most certainly NOT your best bet to get them to address the issue that is on everyone’s mind. No less than three journalists were met with glares of steely silence by Led Zeppelin in a press conference held at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art earlier this afternoon, but an indirect question about the band’s onstage vibe during the December 2007 performance at London’s O2 Arena that is the basis for their upcoming concert film Celebration Day resulted in the closest thing to an answer that the band would give on whether we’ll ever see any more Zeppelin shows.

“That night, back then, we were just hangin’ on for dear life,” Robert Plant told the crowd of 150 journalists or so. “We were just watching each other, we were so happy we were getting it right. There were moments in it where we just took off, pushed off into some place. The responsibility of doing that four nights of week for the rest of time is a different thing. We’re pretty good at what we do, but the tail should never wag the dog. If we’re capable of doing something in our own time, that will be what will happen. So any inane questions from people from syndicated outlets, you should just really think about what it takes to answer a question like that in one second. We know what we’ve got.”

View Photo Gallery

Read more…

Is Taylor Swift’s Looking For Trouble In Her New Dubstep Track “I Knew You Were Trouble”?

by (@zaragolden)

“I Knew You Were Trouble” may be, well, all sorts of troublesome for some Taylor Swift fans, because Taylor seems to have given herself over to her co-writers Max Martin and Shellback this time around. The new Red cut begins with a “once upon a time” and a plucky guitar line that sounds pretty typical of Taylor, but there’s hardly a twang to be heard thereafter, as the song turns into something more grinding and chaotic. Where things really get crazy is at the hook, when the bass drops (albeit pretty gently) and Taylor leans in: “OHH, OHHHH/ TROUBLE TROUBLE TROUBLE.” She’s basically moaning, though — because she likes it?

Multiple albums’ worth of breakup songs later, the world has begun to suspect that Taylor is sort of enjoying all these heartbreaks. With “Trouble,” she seems to be admitting as much. The song finds Taylor reflecting on a relationship that maybe never should have been: “I knew you were trouble when you walked in, so shame on me now,” she sings. But she doesn’t sound faint of heart about the whole thing, rather she makes self-aware jokes about “Once upon a time, a few mistakes ago…” It’s exciting to hear Taylor shed the good girl guise and show-off her bad side like this, and if experimenting with new sounds helps her to express these feelings, then by all means let that bass drop! Experimental Taylor might just be fun, after all.

Read more…

Will The Freshman Class Rita Ora, Carly Rae Jepsen And fun. Kill It At MTV’s Europe Music Awards?


Carly Rae Jepsen, Rita Ora And fun. to Perform at MTV Europe Music Awards

All the way from Frankfurt, Germany, this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards is serving up a platter of musical guests for the continent’s biggest award show. Taylor Swift‘s album promotion and upcoming VH1 Storytellers debut won’t keep her from flying across the pond to grace the stage for the big night. No Doubt and Muse will also show Germany what they are made of. Secretly we’re hoping No Doubt rocks out with a wild performance of “Just A Girl.” Is that too much to ask? Read more…

Ke$ha’s Picture Book Memoir Will Be Painted With Glitter And Whiskey (We Hope)

by (@zaragolden)

Ke$ha announced Monday that she will scrap off the glitter and glow paint and get personal in a memoir titled My Crazy Beautiful Life, scheduled for release November 20th. According to the announcement, the book will span her entire life and will include rare evidence of her pre-dollar sign days. It will also include her “thoughts and reflections,” and — because she’ll always be a little cooky like that — the whole thing will be illustrated. That’s right, everything you ever wanted to know about the queen of shock pop, as depicted by glitter and whiskey painted illustrations ( or so we hope). A few questions we hope to have answered from this book include: was she born with glitter in her hair? Was she always a Dawson girl, or did she have to fall for Pacey’s charms first? At what age did she swap toothpaste for Jack Daniels? And about that sexy episode with the afterlife, how exactly did she… Read more…

Pharrell, Jay-Z And Frank Ocean Are In The Lab For What Could Be A Magical Collaboration


Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Pharrell in the Studio Together

Now that Pharrell has teased the potential of an epic collaboration between himself, Frank Ocean and Jay-Z, they must deliver nothing short of magic. Yesterday evening when Pharrell tweeted a photo of the three kings in the studio together the Internet went bonkers. “Yessur, in the studio with @S_C_ and @frank_ocean.,” he tweeted. Pharrell’s one of the hottest producers in the game. Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange was arguably one of the best records of the year so far. And Jay-Z? Just ending his sold out eight concert series at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, this guy has had the rap game on lock for over a decade now. Read more…

Lil Wayne Thinks Drake’s Aaliyah Project Will Be “Awesome”

by (@zaragolden)

For what it’s worth, Drake‘s got the go-ahead from Lil Wayne to pursue his much ballyhooed about Aaliyah project. “It’s an awesome collaboration,” the YMCMB head-honcho said, in a  short interview with the Associated Press at a DeWeezy skatepark opening. Drake, as we know, is a huge Aaliyah fan, and Wayne is, too — he says her music is “still better than a lot of music out there now,” and he feels its important to make it available for fans. “Everybody know what Aaliyah did and done for music and culture, period, and it’s always good to do that, for not only for people like that, just for her fans — you know what I mean?”

Most details are still fuzzy on the project, but one thing is for sure: not everyone seems to believe as much, and key Aaliyah collaborators Timbaland and Missy Elliott, Aaliyah’s family and a particularly scathing DMX have all raised questions as to Drake’s rights to the material. However, Lil Wayne assures that “Drake’s a very thoughtful person. Everyone knows that.” We do, Wayne, we do.

Lil Wayne on His New LP, Drake’s Aaliyah Album [NR]
Lil Wayne: Drake-Aaliyah Project Will be ‘Awesome Collaboration’ [Billboard] Read more…

Who Did It Better? Katy Perry And Barack Obama Cover Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”

by (@zaragolden)

Last night, Katy Perry joined Jennifer Hudson, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire and President Barack Obama himself at the President’s ’30 Days to Victory Concert’ fundraiser in Westwood, California. Dressed in a shimmery evening gown and with her nails done right (or Left, if we’re speaking politics) for the occasion, worked through a short set of her own hits — “Teenage Dream,” “Part Of Me” and “Firework” — before ending the evening with a dazzling cover of Al Green‘s classic “Let’s Stay Together.” It was a bold choice for Katy, given the President’s own history with the song. Read more…

Adele’s Skyfall Theme Song Results In Downloading Frenzy


Adele made our hearts pitter-patter with excitement when she confirmed the speculation of her involvement with the theme song for Skyfall, the latest installment of the James Bond 007 series. Days later the full version of the jazzy, bluesy, Bond-y song hit the ‘net fulfilling fan’s desperation to hear the great vocals of the British star. The new trailer with Adele’s impeccable voice to accompany all the action dropped today. Read more…