Harry Styles shows his mother some love, The Roots get a special honor from Philadelphia, and Hot 97′s Summer Jam shows that it’s still full of surprises.
They say that there’s a fine line between genius and insanity, which might explain why some of our all-time favorite musicians have a tendency to go off the rails every now and then. Whether obsessive, reclusive, ego-maniacal, or just plain weird, the biggest names in the pop occasionally…errr, flip their lid. Sometimes it’s just a momentary lapse of reason (looking at you, Mariah Carey and Kanye West), sometimes it’s wayyyy too many drugs (love you, James Brown), and other times it’s just wayyyy too many yes-men.
A sentence is announced in Lauryn Hill’s tax evasion case, shots are fired on the set of Jennifer Lopez’s new video, and Avril Lavigne commits herself to everlasting youth. Oh, and is Beyoncé pregnant again?!?
The return of Erykah Badu on Janelle Monae‘s new song, “Q.U.E.E.N.“, reminded us of a genre that hasn’t seen much love in the past few years: Neo Soul. In the late ’90s, it seemed like everyone was exploring a world of retro R&B influenced by soul and hip hop but these days, the artists channeling this vibe are far and few between. We rounded up 32 artists that helped define this genre of music. Read more…
A country music legend passes away, Snoop Lion talks about vacationing with Tupac and Suge Knight, and a new Daft Punk remix takes us back to the early days of video games.
Once again, fall transitions into winter, and once again you’re in the house looking at your ex’s Facebook page. Not that you wouldn’t look at your ex’s Facebook page during other seasons, but it’s cold(er) and you’re more apt to have aimless web browsing nights where you just happen to end up there. Not your fault!
Friendly reminder, all you Drakes out there: being miserable is a choice, and if you want to take steps to cultivate some holiday cheer, you can start right now. In a baptism-by-fire sort of way, let’s begin by getting the remaining sad ickiness out of your system, and go full-throttle into the carefully crafted playlist below, shall we?
Nas bringing out Lauryn Hill at Hot 97′s Summer Jam was just a teaser of what’s to come from the two legendary artists. Today the two announced their upcoming “Life Is Good/Black Rage” tour beginning in October. Ms. Hill and Mr. Jones will kick off the 10 city tour in Dallas, TX on October 29 and end in Oakland, CA on November 19. Per Billboard, the tour’s name is a combination of Nas’ last album and Lauryn’s next single set to debut later this fall. Read more…
NICKI MINAJ UNVEILS HER “PINK FRIDAY” PERFUME ALL DECKED OUT WITH A PINK WIG
It’s when outer space and the future meet. Nicki’s perfume bottle is certainly unlike any other design on the market with its bustier, ‘Nicki Minaj’ gold chain, pink lips and signature pink wig to match. What can we say? It’s so…Nicki. [SPIN]
LAURYN HILL’S TAX WOES CONTINUE
As if facing three years in prison after being found guilty for not paying back taxes wasn’t enough to make anyone pull out their hair, Ms. Hill apparently owes the state of New Jersey $440,000 in back taxes. Luckily, she has yet to be charged criminally for this particular case. [JUICY]
P!NK IS FIERCE ON THE COVER OF BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
“I felt like I was in this video game and I collected all the gold coins and talismans you could collect — I had to either move to the next level or quit,” P!nk, 32, says on the phone from Santa Monica, Calif.’s Shutters on the Beach resort. “There’s this whole techno takeover going on right now that just does my head in, and I knew I didn’t want to do that. I’d rather dance around and sing goofy songs.” [Billboard]
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