Rodriguez, The Rock Star Who Didn’t Know It, Talks His Life Without Fame With 60 Mintues

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Last night on 60 Minutes, shone their spotlight on one of rock and roll’s most mysterious and rewarding stories: the rock icon who didn’t know it, Rodriguez. Rodriguez spun out two records in rapid succession — Cold Fact in 1970 and Coming From Reality in 1971 — and when neither hit, he retired to a life of day laboring in his native Detroit. Meanwhile, his yarns about inner-city struggle and anti-establishment took hold in South Africa, where his music resonated particularly with the rising anti-apartheid movement and where it was assumed he was dead. And so unassuming all the while, he was more popular than The Beatles and Elvis halfway around the world, because “Well, I just wasn’t meant to be so lucky … then,” he says. Read more…

Do You Agree With Billboard Crowning Rihanna The Top Pop Artist Of The Last 20 Years?


Billboard Crowns Rihanna Top Pop Artist Of The Last 20 Years

Is Rihanna worthy of the gold throne she’s seated in, in the above photo? Billboard thinks so as they’ve chosen her as the top pop artist of the last 20 years. With only seven years under her belt Rihanna beat out veterans Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Usher and Celine Dion. As far as her peers she toppled her bestie Katy Perry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Chris Brown. Part of Riri’s success can be attributed to her ability to dish out catchy hit after hit. Her hooks hook you. No pun intended. The chorus and hooks immediately come to mind when you hear just the titles of “We Found Love,” “Where Have You Been,” “Umbrella,” “Birthday Cake” and countless others. Is Rihanna’s formula for mastering an infectious song why she leaves her counterparts slouching in the dust? Read more…

Psy Worries His English Language Single Won’t Match “Gangnam Style”

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You might imagine that all the successes of his breakout hit “Gangnam Style” — the chart topping, the show stopping, the babies calmed — would guarantee K-pop’s shinning Psy stardom, but Psy seems to be otherwise worried that he will forever be stuck in the shadow of the video’s viral success. “The problem is my music video is more popular than I am, so I’ve got to overcome my music video first,” he tells the BBC, explaining determinedly that “I’ve got to go everywhere to promote myself, who I am and what I’ve done for 12 years in Korea.” And how exactly does he plan on making this happen? His first plan of action is two write an English language single of “Gangnam” proportions for his English speaking fans, which he says could be out as early as November, assuming it can be done at all: “It’s too much pressure to overcome ‘Gangnam Style.’ It’s really hard.” Read more…

“Dive In” To Trey Songz’s Steamy Love Triangle


Trey Songz is the equivalent of the side chick, the other man if you will. Sort of like when Biggie said, “Don’t leave your girl ’round me, true player for real,” Trey is about that life. The visual for “Dive In” is all kinds of sexy with a clean cut Trigga in a cream suit jacket and a beautiful curly-haired woman who is cheating on her handsome man. Yummy. The concept from Justin Francis clip is not one that’s extremely innovative. A pool. A hot couple. Said couple can’t keep their hands off of each other in the water. We’ve seen this more than a few times over. Read more…

Brandy’s “Let Me Go” Samples Everyone’s Favorite Swedish Singer Lykke Li


Brandy's "Let Me Go"

Artists love sampling their favorite Swedish singer Lykke Li, the latest being Brandy. As Brandy prepares for the October 16th release of Two Eleven the R&B singer released “Let Me Go” from what’s considered B’s anticipated comeback album. Immediately a mash up of Lykke’s Li’s “Tonight” plays with an added flare thanks to Bangladesh who produced the single. The soft melody over guitar strings and minimum drum beat on the original is now a faster, more bass heavy version. Read more…

Hear Taylor Swift Go Dubstep In “I Knew You Were Trouble” Preview

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So that thing about Taylor Swift going dubstep? It’s true, and the proof is here. This morning on Good Morning America, Taylor previewed a snippet of “I Knew You Were Trouble,” a song that she says this is one of her favorites on the album, because “It sounds just as chaotic as the feeling was when I wrote it. It’s a song about kind of being frustrated with yourself, because here you are heartbroken, and you knew when you first saw that person, you saw all these red flags and you just went for it anyway.” And that chaos is palpable in even these first twenty seconds of the song, as her gut-wrenching confession gives way to a big ole’, gut-punching bass drop. No shame, Taylor, your dubstep game is so real.

“I knew you were trouble when you walked in, so shame on me know,” she sings, the piano line growing bigger and more industrial until — boom, it all drops and through the quiver of autotune she sings: “Now I’m lying on the cold hard ground, trouble trouble trouble.” This sort of emotionally manipulative drop is something we’ve come to expect from pop stars these days (think Britney Spears“Till The World Ends,” think Justin Bieber‘s “All Around The World”), and while we hadn’t exactly anticipated it from a country princess, it definitely works here to highlight the devastation Taylor was feeling after whichever breakup (Jake? John?).

We will reserve full judgment until the song is made available on iTunes tonight at midnight. But until then, what do you think of Taylor’s dubstep game?

Taylor Swift Previews “I Knew You Were Trouble” On ‘GMA’  [PopCrush] Read more…

Jay-Z Brings Out Special Surprise Guest Beyoncé For Final Barclays Center Show

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Jay-Z christened Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center right. Ahead of his eight-concert opening run, he told Rolling Stone that there wouldn’t be any guests because, “This is my one chance to be selfish. Can’t I? Can’t I be selfish? Thank you.” Though Big Daddy Kane and Memphis Bleek both touched down early in the run, he mostly kept true to his plan, taking the stage each night with only a shining gold bottle of Ace Campaign — to be poured out for Biggie during “Juicy” — for company. Because, when you own the place! There was still hope that Jay, on the eighth and final night and with all the world watching on YouTube, would call out the big guns. And he did, he brought out the biggest he’s got: his wife.

After doing “Bonnie and Clyde ’03” by his lonesome, Jay stepped aside and out from a glowing tunnel walked — strutted, rather, hips swinging wide as the beat to “Diva” picked up — none-less-than Beyoncé. Keeping brand in all black leather, her custom Nets hat included, and sunglasses on and swaddled with back up dancers. After “Diva,” she gave Brooklyn a shout-out and then asked politely if she could do one more.

Oh, B! Read more…

Christina Aguilera: Her Naked Lotus Position

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Christina Aguilera Naked Lotus

After watching Christina Aguilera‘s new video for “Your Body,” it’s readily apparent that she’s ultra-confident about her curves. And why shouldn’t she be? Her beanpole “Genie In A Bottle” days are a distant memory, and motherhood seems to be doing wonders for her self-confidence and overall attitude.

That confidence, along with every other inch of her body, is on full-display on the cover of her new album, Lotus. None other than @TheRealXtina herself tweeted out her new(d) album cover today, a little over a month before her long-awaited follow-up to Bionic hits shelves. It’s the kind of cover that Georgia O’Keeffe, the undisputed Queen of Vaginal Symbolism, would be totally proud of.

#LOTUS Album Cover [@TheRealXtina’s Twitter]

Wale’s “Arrival” Brings Him Back To His Mixtape Roots


Wale's New Song "Arrival"

Let Wale tell it on his new track “Arrival,” the first album was slept on while the second one brought on the groupies. He’s back in the studio working on his third album as the rest of his Maybach Music Group puts in overtime to take over as the leading rap crew in the game. Fans of Wale’s early mixtape days will be happy the D.C. native has returned to his proverbial roots. An old school sample serves as the slowish instrumentation on “Arrival” where he jumps right in addressing the controversy over no dark skinned black women being featured in “Pretty Girls.” “Love a dark sister, but I ran through lights like medic routes.” Read more…