Drake’s Got Aaliyah’s Face Tattooed To His Back
Drake is the late Aaliyah‘s biggest fan boy, with her face tattooed on his back. Sorry Drake, but since that girl got your name tattooed to her forehead your gesture of eternal fandom just seems weak by comparison.
Kanye West Debuts New Music In London
Kanye West hosted a party at Le Baron London last night, and not only did he spin a mean DJ set, he dropped in some new material from his forthcoming 2012 solo album and G.O.O.D Music compilation. [Rap Up]
Britney Spears and Lady Gaga both played Santa this weekend with new material for their fans. A new vocal version of Britney’s “Don’t Keep Me Waiting” (a bonus track from the deluxe edition of Femme Fatale) was leaked and we caught wind from this Tweet by Bradley Stern (you can listen to the track here). We’re absolutely loving the pared back acoustic parts and heavy beat — it feels like forever since we actually heard Britney’s voice minus auto tune and cowbells! And in Mother Monster’s corner, things were just as exciting with Gaga herself Tweeting, “Merry Christmas! Here’s a SoundCloud download of my unreleased song “Stuck On F*ckin’ You”: http://bit.ly/uCS27x For your IPODS!! I love u!” (you can listen to the track here). It’s funky and infectious, and much like Brit’s “Don’t Keep Me Waiting,” gives us a dose of something a bit more raw and organic than the club led classics Gaga has produced this year. And we’re crazy about Gaga’s freestyle towards the end of the track — the girl is not only multitalented, but has a great sense of humor to boot!
Britney Spears – “Don’t Keep Me Waiting” (Main Vocals)
Lady Gaga – “Stuck On F*ckin’ You”
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It seems all is peaceful again at camp Adam Lambert after his public bust up with boyfriend, Sauli Koskinen, last week. Following the fight outside a Helsinki gay bar in the early hours of the morning, the two were arrested and subsequently released without charge. And it seems that following their release, the two kissed and made up, as Lambert Tweeted over the weekend, “Xmas Eve with the Koskinens! Just had a huge traditional Finnish feast and now opening gifts! Merry and bright! Hyvää ja rauhallista joulua!”, posting the above image of him and Sauli posing happily in Santa hats. Of the incident itself, Lambert Tweeted, “Jetlag+Vodka=blackout. Us÷blackout=irrational confusion. jail+guilt+press=lesson learned. Sauli+Adam+hangover burgers= laughing bout it. :).” The popstar seemed remorseful via Twitter, writing, “Violence is not to be taken lightly. Embarrassed by drunkenness. No punches thrown, no injuries and no charges. Media always exaggerates.” We certainly hope Adam doesn’t find himself in a similar situation again, and we’re happy to see that the normally low key couple are back to their adorable antics, rather than warring in the streets of Helsinki.
Adam Lambert Returns To US, ‘Embarrassed’ By Arrest [Wonder Wall]
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Demi Lovato lashed out at Disney on her Twitter after some insensitive programming included an eating disorder joke. The former Disney star, who was admitted to rehab last year after struggling with bulimia, was enraged by a line jokingly delivered by a female character in the show Shake It Up: “I could eat you up, well, if I ate.” Demi’s tweets reflected the irresponsibility of Disney airing the joke, especially in light of her illness.
Demi later Tweeted, “And is it just me or are the actress’ getting THINNER AND THINNER… I miss the days of RAVEN, and LIZZIE MCGUIRE,” before finishing with the clear statement, “Dear Disney Channel, EATING DISORDERS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT.” The Disney Channel, obviously keeping up with Demi’s Twitter feed, was quick to react, pulling the offending episode from the air and Tweeting, “we hear you & are pulling both episodes as quickly as possible & reevaluating them,” and, “It’s NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders!”
The incident is yet another example of the power of artists to draw attention to social injustices and even to make serious changes. Demi speaking out against the joke puts her in the ranks with Lady Gaga (who was vocal in the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, and has taken her fight against bullying all the way to the White House), and Rihanna, who recently took to Twitter to defend against racist comments made in a Dutch magazine. We’d love to give Demi a high five for standing up for what she believes in and using her power to give a public voice to those who might be suffering through the same illness she has struggled with.
Demi Lovato gets Disney to remove eating disorder joke [PopWatch]
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It’s been a big year for newcomer Frank Ocean, what with the fledgling performer’s first solo tour, collaborating with the kings on Watch The Throne and being named in GQ’s Men Of The Year awards. Ocean also earned accolades for his debut mix tape, Nostalgia, Ultra, and our staff even flouted the laws of album vs mix tape to put the creation on their best albums of 2011 lists. Now, Ocean has released new material on his Tumblr along with the simple explanation, “i just listened to this a few times for myself. figured maybe some else needed to hear it. it’s called ‘4 tears’ [sic].” The track starts with a beat reminiscent of “Songs For Women,” before Ocean’s sweeter-than-honey vocal does what it does best and stops you dead in your tracks. The subject matter is just as reflective and emotion-addled as Ocean’s previous material, but with a dirty “swag, swag” at the start of the song assuring us that Ocean’s self-aware irreverence hasn’t abated despite the fact that he’s on the road to superstardom.
Frank Ocean [Tumblr]
If it was your super sweet 16 again, and you could have anything in the world, we know it would be a live performance by Jay-Z and Kanye West at your party. Although if you’re anything like us your parents would probably call in a magician, tell you it was pretty much the same thing, save themselves a lazy million or so, and call it a day. But not the parents of a little girl in Dubai — proving that money is no object in their daughter’s happiness, some unnamed Arab billionaires paid Jay and Yeez £1.9 million each ($2.9 million) to perform at her 16th birthday party, held just before Christmas. Now that we know the Watch The Throne duo do private parties, we’re going to start saving all our pennies to see if we can collectively raise enough to have them perform for us!
Jay-Z and Kanye West earn almost £4 million for playing 16 year old’s birthday bash [NME]
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Yesterday, we successfully bought you the VH1 staff’s favorite songs of 2011 without any bloodshed, and we’re happy to report that no one’s brain exploded while trying to narrow down the amazing albums of 2011 into a concise list. Again, what VH1 staffers enjoyed in 2011 was a rich and vibrant tapestry of genres, new comers and veterans, and Adele. Just kidding — while there’s a lot of love for Adele in the VH1 offices, Ye & Hov’s Watch The Throne came out as a dominant force at Times Square. The list also reveals how anti-authoritarian we are, as more than one staffer stuck it to the man and enumerated a mixtape or two in their favorites. Bad ass.
As if you needed any more proof that you shouldn’t f**k with Madonna, a fan has been arrested over the leaked demo for Madge’s forthcoming single, “Gimme All Your Luvin’.” Madonna expressed her exasperation at the time of the leak, with her manager Guy Oseary taking to Twitter to declare, “Madonna told me this morning ‘my true fans wouldn’t do this’… whoever is responsible for this leak, we ask that you please stop!”. It seems that exasperation is putting it lightly, as the culprit has been tracked to Spain, arrested and charged.
The 31-year-old known only by the initials JMR professed to being a “big Madonna fan,” but according to Madonna, ain’t no fan of hers going to be leaking her work on the Internet. Nope, Madonna is so in control of her work and her profile that she’ll choose exactly who her fans are, and how they will behave. And although intellectual property theft is deeply wrong and illegal, it’s always a shock when someone is arrested for it as a crime, because it’s something that in the digital age, we’ve becoming quite blasé about. We know unequivocally that Madonna deserves justice and we’re not saying the offender should go unpunished, but we can’t help but wonder about the changing duty of the law when the Internet blurs the boundaries of theft — as in some cases (obviously not this one) a leak is purposefully used by artists to gain hype (which has inadvertently occurred here). What do you think? Let us know in our poll below!
‘Big Madonna Fan’ Arrested for ‘Luvin” Leak [Spin]
Adam Lambert has landed himself in somewhat of a pickle this morning in Helsinki, having been arrested for brawling with his reality TV star boyfriend, Sauli Koskinen. The disagreement allegedly began around 4am outside the gay bar Don’t Tell Momma and has been described by Finland’s media as a “huge fight,” culminating in the arrest and incarceration of both men.
While it’s yet to be seen what will come of the arrest or if the two will continue to be held and charged, what remains is a blister on Lambert’s public profile and, indeed, his character — an unfortunate event not only so soon after the release of his latest single, but more importantly in terms of his responsibility as a human functioning in a compassionate and peaceful way within society. Indeed, all reports point to the fight involving an element of physicality, not only between Lambert and Koskinen but from Lambert towards bystanders who attempted to break up the fight. While there were reportedly no serious injuries, violence, whether domestic or otherwise, is completely unacceptable. We hope that this was a one time incident for Lambert and that he expresses regret and apology — we might change our opinion of one of our favorite pop stars if such unruly, dangerous behavior were to be repeated.
Violent Adam Lambert Arrested In Finland After Getting Into Fight With Boyfriend! [Perez Hilton]
When we began compiling our Best Songs of 2011 list, there were many differing opinions, and after briefly toying with the idea of pitting all our staff against one another in a Hunger Games fight-to-the-death scenario against the backdrop of Times Square, we conceded that the most diplomatic and least murderous thing to do would be to each submit our own list. You know, in the name of preserving a civil work environment and whatnot (not to mention our longstanding policy of avoiding contact with the human resources department). So while we didn’t battle it out in a conference room or some such nonsense, each one of us faced an internal battle — choosing our favorite songs of the year. As you can see, it wasn’t easy (some of us got a little greedy with 20 strong lists), and while the usual suspects like “Rolling In The Deep” and “Holocene” made appearances, there were a few surprises in the music tastes of the VH1 office folk…
(Btw, before we get into this, we’d like to note that we put together the following Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure: VH1 Staffers Pick Their Favorite Songs Of 2011. It’s sequenced in alpha order by artist first name, so we wholeheartedly recommend you hit Shuffle while listening to this 120 track playlist. Now, on with the show…)