The third single from Rihanna‘s album Talk That Talk, is the song by the same name, and it’s set to be a winner, climbing to number 31 on the charts from downloads alone. Featuring vocals by collaborator Jay-Z, the track is already epic enough, but now rumors are circulating that Kanye West could be making an appearance on the release. The rumor began when Australian Chart News Report listed Kanye West along with Jay-Z as a featured artist on the track, and now the Internet is talking the talk. While Kanye West isn’t featured on the album track, there’s still a possibility that there might be an added verse on the single release (much like the added Ye verse on Katy Perry’s “E.T.” release), especially given the trios propensity for working together. With Kanye’s vocal helping to propel “E.T.” to number one position on the charts, if the rumor is indeed true, it could do wonderful things for Rihanna’s already impressive record for hits.
A Man Is Stabbed For Not Knowing Jay-Z And Beyoncé Are Married
A man was actually stabbed by someone else for his failure to comprehend that Jay-Z and Beyoncé are married. It’s lucky the attacker didn’t quiz him on the baby too… [Prefix]
Jack White To Collaborate With Tom Jones
Veteran crooner Tom Jones is reportedly set to collaborate with contemporary rock star Jack White. Apparently the unlikely couple will be covering Howling Wolf’s “Evil,” and also “Jezebel,” from Jones’ 2002 album, Mr. Jones. [Spin]
If you weren’t a Pitbull fan before, then we promise you will be now. In the second best Kanye West related thing to happen today (hot on the heels of his much talked about Twitter rant), Pitbull (featuring Sensato) has released a remix of Ye and Jay-Z‘s Watch The Throne hit, “Ni**as in Paris,” entitled “Latinos In Paris.” Not only is it a great concept — riffing on one of 2011 biggest hits with tongue firmly in cheek — Pitbull has even released a video for his remix, putting him one step ahead of the still video-less Throne duo. The video, the first Pitbull has directed, is pretty funny too, featuring Pitbull and Sensato rapping in front of an illuminated Eiffel Tower and cutting to images of tacky tourist souvenir mini-tours. We’re now waiting for this “Different Races In Paris” meme to kick off; what will be next? Should we start penning our own version, “VH1 Staffers In Paris?”
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!
Lady Gaga’s Twitter Got Hacked But Mother Monster Is Back In Control
Yesterday Lady Gaga‘s Twitter was taken over by hackers in an attempt to get the personal details of her 45 million followers. Gaga has reclaimed her Twitter, and we hope no one got scammed by the epic hack. [Billboard]
Rolling Stone Does “Ni**as In Paris” Math
After Jay-Z and Kanye West played their song “N****s In Paris” a gratuitous 11 times in Vancouver, Rolling Stone made the effort to break the performance of the song down into digestible (and sometimes hilarious) numbers based on the entire Watch The Throne tour. [Rolling Stone]
Each week here on VH1 Tuner, ourVH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Your regularly scheduled Top 20 Video Countdown show is on a break until 2012, but be sure to tune into the Top 40 Videos of 2011 tomorrow evening when it airs on VH1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. This week Jim gives us his top 10 albums of 2011.
10.) Love & Rockets, Vol. 1: The Transformation, Murs
Sometimes Murs’ albums have the propensity of being too laid back, but on Love & Rockets he strikes a nice balance, weaving between more chilled out tracks like “Remember 2 Forget” and heavier callouts like “Let’s Go.” The highlight of the album though is its closing track “Animal Style,” the boldest hip-hop song I’ve heard about homosexuality (which sadly, is traditionally never discussed in hip-hop).
9.) The Road From Memphis, Booker T. Jones
Indeed, this is the same Booker T. from Booker T. & the MG’s, an outfit responsible for making one of the greatest instrumentals in modern music: “Green Onions.” Jones’ trademark Hammond organ licks backed by The Roots’ rhythm section and legendary funk/soul guitarist, Dennis Coffey, play out splendidly on the all-too-fun covers of Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything,” Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” and Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend.” And not to diss, but Lou Reed’s collaboration with Jones on “The Bronx” sounds better than anything he did with Metallica this year.
8.) Watch The Throne, Kanye West & Jay Z
At the beginning of 2011 word on the street was that Kanye West & Jay Z were going to release an album together, while Dr. Dre was set to put out the final recording of his stellar career. I was skeptical of both, but at year’s end I’m happy to say we did get a solid debut from hip-hop’s premiere super-group, although I’m still waiting for Dre’s Detox, which is quickly, or slowly, becoming hip-hop’s version of Chinese Democracy.
Jay-Z Is Being Sued For Using A Sample Without Permission In “Big Pimpin’”
Seems like hubby Jay-Z is following in the footsteps of wifey Beyoncé and is being sued for using a sample in his track “Big Pimpin’” without permission. We hope there’s still enough of a parent team left after all the legal action to look after Baby Bey-Z! [Prefix]
Courtney Love To Be Evicted From Her New York Rental Pad Courtney Love has allegedly trashed her New York rental pad to the point where the owner is taking action to have the petulant rock star forcibly removed. She’s also apparently way behind of rent payments — get it together, Courtney! [NME]
NBC Will Now Screen All The Roots’ Walk On Song Selections Before Airing
After causing some controversy by playing Fishbone‘s “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” for Michelle Bachmann’s walk-on on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last month, The Roots will now have to run all their song selections past NBC before airing. Wrist, meet slap. [Paste]
Bon Iver Not Just Grammy Nominees, Also Good At Fitness Bon Iver are going to be in a fitness video. This is a true and real thing that is actually happening. Never thought you’d see the day, did you? [NME]
You probably know Aziz Anzari best as Tom Haverford on Parks & Recreation, but what you don’t know is that there’s actually a triumvirate of thrones — that’s right, Aziz Anzari is the silent monarch of the Watch The Throne kingdom. Appearing in Jay-Z and Kayne‘s video for “Otis,” we’re not really sure who is more lucky to be friends with who, but we do know that our brains are probably going to explode if we think too hard about the three legends hanging out. Aziz showed his love for Hov and Yeez by affectionately turning their hit song “N****s In Paris” into an Emoji narrative, using the extra special, more detailed than every day emoticons, to re-imagine the song. Our favorite part is the “ball so hard” interpretation — clever indeed! See the whole thing at Aziz’s Tumblr and after the jump.
At this stage, it would be hard to argue that there was a better, more universally acclaimed and globally received album than Adele‘s 21, featuring consistently on “Best” and “Top” lists for 2011. Rolling Stone named the album #1 in their 50 Best Albums Of 2011 list that came out today, saying that the magic of 21 was all in the voice, both literally and figuratively; “More than any other album this year, 21 made you feel its pain – from the triple-hankie tear-jerker ‘Someone Like You’ to ripsnorting revenge songs like ‘Rumour Has It,’ where Adele rides a roiling groove and flattens everything in her path.”
Strangely enough, however, Rolling Stone gave the #2 spot to Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne which, while possibly being the most hyped album of the year, wasn’t as well received as Kayne’s 2010 effort, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The Top 10 also features Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way at #6, which also failed to strike a chord with the critics this year, despite its epic release and subsequent run of artful, shock-value Gagaist videos. Predictably enough however, Rolling Stone fit Radiohead‘s King Of Limbs in at #5, controversial because it was considered a sub-par Radiohead offering, but believable enough given that despite criticism, the album has still found its way into an overwhelming number of Top 50 lists.