Every now and again, a story surfaces that we really, really, really don’t want to believe is true. Yesterday’s unsubstantiated rumor that Swizz Beatz is cheating on Alicia Keys is certainly one of them, and after reading the text from a series of alleged Blackberry Messenger conversations between the Grammy-winning producer and a Houston singer/songwriter who goes by Christina Elizabeth, we’re crossing our fingers that this news is only unconfirmed balderdash.
Swizz and Alicia have always maintained that their own romance was not birthed from an affair, but because it began so soon after he was separated from then-wife Mashonda Tifrere, some may be quick to speculate that it was only a matter of time until an infidelity of this nature would occur. Up until this point, however, the happily married couple have only responded through tweets: Alicia seemingly calling the rumors “laughable” and Swizz saying they’re “BS” and making a plea to have people put their energy into more “positive things.” Just this past weekend, the couple were seen hand-in-hand at Fashion Week events, and Alicia is featured on “International Party,” the second single off of Swizz’s new album Haute Living, which drops next week.
Justin Timberlake’s Song About Not Singing Wins Music Emmy
Apparently the Emmy Awards want a new album from Justin Timberlake as much as we do, because they gave him (and co-writers Seth Myers, John Mulaney and Katreese Barnes) an emmy for Original Music and Lyrics for his opening monologue on the May 21 episode of Saturday Night Live (which also featured “3 Way (The Golden Rule),” also with Lady Gaga). [Emmy Awards]
After leaping from #19 to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart last week, Adele’s “Someone Like You” might be gearing up to follow in the footsteps of her first single, “Rolling In The Deep.” And while we wait for the UK songbird to deliver what’s rumored to be a stunning music video for 21′s second single, we can sit back and watch as covers for the song start piling up. Whereas “Rolling in the Deep” got love from the likes of John Legend, Mike Posner, Gwyneth Paltrow (via Glee), and even a military band, it appears the only famous person to touch “Someone Like You” is the “Look At Me Now”-covering YouTube sensation Karmin, until now!
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 17-year-old daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston took to the interwebs on Saturday to record her own version of Adele’s emotional, longing-laced ballad. Singing a capella, the teenager showed that she comes from good, talented stock by not butchering the song—it’s virtually impossible to come close to meeting Adele’s vocals—but Bobbi Kristina demonstrated both solid breath control and a sweet smile from what appears to be her somewhat-messy bedroom. By no means is this version sonically mind-blowing, but it’s nice to know that, even amidst her mother’s rehab-related turmoil, young B.K. isn’t afraid to show that the good qualities of the apple don’t fall too incredibly far from the tree. That being said, we’re still somewhat partial to Adele’s Unplugged version of the song, and obviously look forward to seeing who’s next to hop on this one!
Coldplay may have revealed the tracklisting and cover art for the forthcoming Brian Eno-produced Mylo Xylotoon Friday afternoon, but that hardly means they’re not savvy to the news cycle. This morning they premiered the album’s second single, “Paradise,” on BBC1 (and then YouTube), and revealed that the track “Princess of China” would feature vocals from Rihanna. That’s how you promote an album.
As for the single itself, it’s another big-sounding Coldplay track, though unlike “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” which this song’s lyrics reference, there’s no sample here?unless you count the break in the intro, seemingly ready-made for rap freestyles. The somewhat trance-y sound of the first single is here integrated into Coldplay’s historical sound, so it sounds more like a natural progression of their music than the product of a really great Ibiza trip Chris Martin took.
The deluge of Coldplay news also includes details about the “Pop-Up Album” version of Mylo Xyloto, which includes not only the album on CD, vinyl, and mp3 download, but also a 64 page 12″ x 12″ hardcover “containing graffiti pop-up art” along the lines of the album’s art, designed by David A. Carter. What we’re really curious about, though, is the “selection of stickers and stencils,” because our Lisa Frank love has never waned. But we’ll have to wait?though Mylo Xyloto is available on October 25, the pop-up version won’t be available until mid-December.
He even threatens Kreayshawn, the fledgling Bay Area rapper who called Ross “fake” in a recent freestyle. “I can’t wait to slap the s?t out of whoever carries her bags,” he sneers. “And I hope it’s her n?a. Dirty b?h. You better know the f?k you talking about. I?ll pay 50K to mess up your whole week.”
Before we let her share her experiences, we’re excited to announce that next Tuesday, 9/20, Demi will be popping by the VH1 offices here in Times Square. She’s agreed to let you, her fans, “Ask Her Anything,” so fire away! Leave your questions in the comments and she’ll answer as many as she can get to when she gets in next week. Now take it away, Demi!
I am getting sooooo excited for my upcoming shows in NY (9/17) and LA (9/23)!!! ?I have been rehearsing all week and I think everyone is going to love it! I have been having so much fun performing “Skyscraper” on shows like America’s Got Talent and the Do Something Awards, but I am really excited for all my fans to hear some of the other songs on my album. The dance numbers are so awesome!!!
There’s more from Demi, including two exclusive photos from the set of her Unbroken cover shoot, below! Read more…
With the premiere of The X Factor less than two weeks away, the show’s promotional engine has pulled out all the stops, releasing an eight-minute extended promo?featuring two auditions?yesterday after FOX’s NFL coverage. After an oddly gendered set of judge introductions, in which Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid talk about how much they’ve given up in order to “gamble” on the new show, and Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul just talk about their excitement for the upcoming season, and lots of quick-cut visual glimpses at auditions, and some of the show’s ad libs, the promo gives us Rachel and Stacy, two contestants who wow the judges with their renditions of, respectively, “Mercy” (by Duffy) and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” That neither contestant would have been met American Idol‘s age requirement is, of course, not a coincidence, but both auditions are stellar nonetheless.
Lauper lost her way during the “O’er the ramparts we watched” section of Francis Scott Key‘s 1814 chart-topper, when instead of singing “were so gallantly streaming,” she belted out “as our flag was still streaming.” To her credit, though, she didn’t let the moment get to her, and she was able to finish the song without further incident. The blown lyric appeared to be a result of the gravity of the moment, as the native New Yorker was called on to deliver the national anthem just moments after a moment of silence for 9/11 victims had taken place. Lauper explained as much on Twitter in the moments following the incident, writing that “Whew, I just did the anthem for the US open. It was an awesome experience.I got choked up in the middle remembering 9/11.” Don’t sweat it, Cyndi, America will do doubt forgive you: after all, it’s pretty apparent that your true colors are red, white and blue.
Paul Simon‘s Newark and Queens upbringing doesn’t always seem as intrinsic to his musical identity as it is for other New York City-affiliated musicians, but the songwriter’s background came to the forefront yesterday at the site where the World Trade Center stood, as he played the 1964 Simon & Garfunkel single “The Sound of Silence” for the gathered crowd. His performance was reportedly one of the most powerful moments of the September 11 memorial service, and after watching the footage above, we believe it. Simon has performed in a similar capacity before, most notably his performance of “The Boxer” as part of the tribute that opened the September 29, 2001 episode of Saturday Night Live.
Interestingly, the official program for the tenth anniversary ceremony indicated that Simon would be performing “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” the 1970 single that was originally sung by Art Garfunkel, and which would also have been appropriate. Nevertheless Simon’s decision to sing “The Sound of Silence” instead made the performance all the more moving and memorable.