Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Usher announces dates for European leg of 'The UR Experience' tour...

UK fans, Kang Usher is bringing his anticipated 'The UR Experience' tour to European shores!

He has now released the dates for the European leg of the tour, and announced 'Am I Wrong' hitmakers Nico & Vinz as his supporting act. The trek kicks off on February 13th in France and wraps March 26th in London. Tickets will go on sale for the European dates on Friday, October 3rd at 9AM.

Album stream: Tinashe - ‘Aquarius’...

A week before it drops in stores, Tinashe partners with Dazed to stream her debut album ‘Aquarius’ in its entirety.

Production comes from Boi-1da, Mike WiLL Made-It, Jasper, and Stargate, and fans can purchase the 18-track set on October 7th. 

Here's a first listen to 'Aquarius' below.

Ciara assaulted by prankster during Paris Fashion Week...

Ukrainian prankster Vitalii Sediuk strikes again at Paris Fashion Week and Ciara is his latest victim.

An unsuspecting Ciara was posing for pictures at the Valentino show when Sediuk crept up from behind, tore off his coat and revealed a thong. He coddled her and attempted to pose with her, but the singer's bodyguard wasn't having any of it, and rightfully so.

Video premiere: Mila J ft. Ty Dolla $ign – ‘My Main’...

Mila J is serving serious Aaliyah teas in her brand new 'My Main' video featuring Ty Dolla $ign. 

Mila J and her besties work as sexy bartenders at Club Main in the choreography heavy visual. The clip was inspired by the film 'Coyote Ugly' where they serve drinks, twerk and dance fiercely on top of a bar much to the delight of their male customers.

New Music: Jessie J - 'Personal'...

Jessie J is showing her 'personal' side on a brand new ballad.

The post break-up song, co-written by R&B chanteuse Elle Varner, serves up minimalistic production of simple guitars, and finger snaps. It's certainly a different pace from the club bangers ('Burnin’ Up' and 'Bang Bang'), which would not have been so bad if the song wasn't so boring and generic.

Gwen Stefani eyeing December release for new album...

Gwen Stefani is finishing up new solo album with Pharrell Williams.

Her manager Irving Azoff confirms to Billboard she is currently in Miami, recording new tracks with longterm collaborator (and fellow Voice co-star) Pharrell. Azoff reveals that she plans to perform the lead single on The Voice later in the season. Interscope chairman John Janick has also revealed fresh details about the release.

Video premiere: Tinashe ft. A$AP Rocky – ‘Pretend’...

In the cinematic visuals for 'Pretend,' Tinashe's lover gets a beating from A$AP Rocky's cronies just for going to a strip club.

The funny thing is, he doesn't even sleep with the stripper, but he probably wished he had after going through all that. A$AP Rocky gets his girl in the end. Pretty cool storyline which heightens further interest in the song.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Chris Brown lashes out at TMZ's Harvey Levin for all the negative articles...

Chris Brown has a little message for Harvey Levin of TMZ.

Screw you! Breezy had nothing nice to say about Levin and the folks over at TMZ after they criticized him for the footage where he defended himself against a sexual assault from a female fan in Houston. She is seen grabbing his face and attempting to kiss him, but he swats her away.

And just like that, Chris Brown becomes the bad guy for blocking a fan's kiss...

Chris Brown "angrily" shoves away pretty woman who tries to kiss him during nightclub appearance. Ugh. 

Not; Chris Brown had his personal space inappropriately invaded as woman tries to suck his face off in front of his girlfriend. We all know that if it was a man that did this, it would be classified as sexual assault. His reaction was perfectly normal.

Beyoncé unwraps 2015 calendar...

Fellas (ladies too), looking at Beyoncé every month sounds like an appealing way to spend your year right?

And you can. Her second annual calendar can be purchased for $14.99 at shop.beyonce.com. Or you can get it cheaper by just hitting the shops. All 12 months were shot by famed photographers including Yosra El-Essawy, Santiago & Mauricio, Nick Farrell, Robin Harper, and Mason Poole.

Usher's tour is allegedly flopping...

No hit single equals no buzz for future touring. 

At least that's what Page Six allude to in regards to Usher's alleged ticket sales. The 27-city tour, titled 'The UR Experience,' is said to have been selling only a fraction of the available seats. In fact, sales are reportedly so weak, promoter Live Nation may lose $5 million on the trek.

New Music: Aretha Franklin - 'Rolling In The Deep' (Adele cover)...

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin delivers a churchy, gospel remix to Adele's monster hit 'Rolling In The Deep.'

Deep in busted eardrums more like. I was optimistic that this would have been a decent cover but I didn't enjoy it AT ALL. 

Unfortunately, that first verse is very telling, and her vocals are very poorly mastered.

New Music: Tinashe ft. Devonté Hynes - 'Bet'...

If Aaliyah was still here, she would record a track just like this. 

Taking to VEVO, Tinashe premieres new song 'Bet,' off her upcoming debut album 'Aquarius.' 

The cut was written and produced by Dev Hynes, and it's a spacey little number with some synths and a closing (electric) guitar solo courtesy of Hynes. Plus, extra emphasis is placed on addlibs.

Ariana Grande & Big Sean spotted holding hands in New York...

Ariana Grande & Big Sean may be coy in interviews but not in public. 

The couple were seen holding hands after leaving a Saturday Night Live after party. Cute outfit, and she looks curvier. 

Her thighs have thickened a little since she started dating him don't you think? On Friday, Big Sean addressed rumours of dating Ariana during On Air With Ryan Seacrest.

Beyoncé & Jay Z hang out with Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz...

Gotta admire a high profile BFF couple. 

Beyoncé and Jay Z are probably missing that, you know. 

The Obamas haven't had any special extravaganza's for them to attend, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are still salty after their wedding was snubbed, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have split up.

New Music: Fergie – ‘L.A.LOVE (la la)’...

Fergie reps different cities around the globe on her banging new single.

She returns with 'L.A.LOVE (la la),' which was produced by DJ Mustard. 

The Black Eyed Peas frontwoman makes geography look fun despite it being one of the most hated subjects at school! She comes for Iggy's wig by putting her rapping skills on display. 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Ariana Grande & The Weeknd perform ‘Love Me Harder’ on SNL...

This next single is going to be BIGGGG!

Last night, Ariana Grande served as the special guest performer on Saturday Night Live's 40th season premiere.

She brought out The Weeknd to belt out their collaboration ‘Love Me Harder,’ which is being lined up as the next new single off her second album 'My Everything.'

Alicia Keys performs ‘We Are Here’ at 3rd Annual Global Citizen Festival...

Inspirational mommy!

Despite entering the last stages of pregnancy, Alicia Keys sure stays working hard.

Looking pretty in white, she continues to promote her 'We Are Here' movement, taking to the stage during the Global Citizen Festival to perform her latest single 'We Are Here.' 

Beyoncé joins Jay Z on stage at 3rd Annual Global Citizen Festival...

Beyoncé brings back her 'B'Day' era style wig, while gatecrashing her husband's headlining set.

During last night's Global Citizen Festival in New York City, Beyoncé and Jay Z gave fans a taste of their just concluded 'On The Run' tour.

The power couple ended the night with 'Holy Grail' and 'Forever Young.'

Album snippets: Tinashe – ‘Aquarius’...

Don't expect it to sound like her break-out hit '2 On.' You will be disappointed.

With Keyshia Cole dropping on October 7th, Tinashe is embroiled in R&B battle when she releases her debut album ‘Aquarius’ on the same day.

She unwraps snippets from the upcoming set, unveiling dark and atmospheric music.

Keyshia Cole teases ‘Remember (Part 2)’ video...

Keyshia Cole brings her wounded pain to the visuals... 

Although things didn't work out in her marriage to Daniel 'Boobie' Gibson, something good still came out of it. Her son. 

The little fella makes an appearance in the upcoming ‘Remember (Part 2)’ video off Keyshia's new album 'Point of No Return.' 

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Rihanna hits the studio with Ester Dean...

'Rude Boy' and 'What’s My Name' Part II? Yes please! 

Throughout the entire week, Rihanna has been papped making her way to the recording studio. 

In fact, she had a recent studio session with her long term collaborator Ester Dean and the popular songwriter even shared a black-and-white photo of that very moment on Instagram.

Chris Brown throwing hints he & Rihanna may not be done yet...

This should serve as a red flag for Karrueche Tran.

Not that she cares much these days. She's living the extravagant lifestyle at the expense of her rich, pop star boyfriend. On US TV show Entertainment Tonight, Chris Brown said of his ex-girlfriend Rihanna:

"We're friends. Nothing too serious... We're not trying to start a life together right now, we're just having fun."

Britney Spears: I'll do music for another 10 years...

Work, bitch! Retirement is not on the agenda anytime soon for Ms. Britney Jean Spears.

In a new interview with Germany's Bild, she was asked how long she wants to stay in the music industry?  Her response?

"I give myself another 10 years. Soon I will have more children and get married. Till now, I have not found the right guy."

Nicole Scherzinger unwraps the official artwork for new single 'Run'...

When all else fails...

Drop an intense, hearty ballad. Nicole Scherzinger hopes her big vocals will generate interest in America, though she's been trying for years to no prevail. 

Here's the official sultry artwork for her new Stateside single 'Run,' which impacts radio on October 6th. Her new album 'Big Fat Lie' is due October 17th.

Christina Milian & Lil Wayne celebrate their birthdays...

Sharing a back-to-back birth date with your boyfriend certainly has its advances. 

Christina Milian and Lil Wayne celebrated theirs at Lure Nightclub in Hollywood this week. Christina turned 33 on September 26th and Lil Wayne turned 32 on September 27th.

Good job Nivea was nowhere in sight then!

New Music: Chrisette Michele – ‘Super Chris’...

From 'R&B Divas,' to back to the music.

Take a listen to 'Super Chris,' the first single off Chrisette Michele's upcoming EP 'The Lyricists’ Opus.' 

On the cut, she reflects on her insecurities while complemented by the luxurious sounds of strings and live horns.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

New Music: Danity Kane - 'Rhythm of Love'...

Remember when Danity Kane first debuted their single, 'Rhythm Of Love' on tour? There was a whole lot of love back then. Rhythms of it...

The cut serves as an international pop record that could do very well in UK territory, and of course all three ladies have their vocals featured on the track. Very radio savvy song from them with lots of commercial appeal. Hit worthy.

Album snippets: Danity Kane - 'DK3'...

Danity Kane serve up a departing gift for the fans, but what's up with only 10 tracks?

Courtesy of iTunes, 10 snippets from Danity Kane's final album 'DK3' were made available today. The set will go on sale October 28th via Stereotypes Music. The snippets sound soooo good, which makes this split all the more bittersweet!

Album sales predictions: Lady Gaga's ‘Cheek To Cheek’ & Jennifer Hudson's ‘JHUD’...

According to Hits Daily Double, Lady GaGa and Tony Bennett's jazz album ‘Cheek To Cheek’ is set to open at #2 on next week’s Billboard 200 with first week sales of 115,000-125,000. 

Jennifer Hudson's third studio album ‘JHUD’ is set for debut sales of 19,000 – 22,000. Are we even shocked that Jennifer's album is going to be a major flop? She may not even make top 10, which would have been a saving face for her.

Jessie J teases 'Burnin Up' video...

In the sneak peek clip for new single 'Burnin’ Up,' Jessie J is serving up some major choreography courtesy of Casper Smart (Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda'.)

The video was shot in late-August and it was directed by Hannah Lux Davis, who also directed the video for 'Bang Bang.' There are not much artists outside of Beyoncé doing the dancing and vocals. Jessie J certainly aims to make an impact in the States!

Danity Kane announces release date for new album 'DK3' + unveils album cover + tracklist...

Looks like we are finally getting that final Danity Kane after all! Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex (minus Dawn Richard) took to Instagram to announce that their last album 'DK3' will drop October 28th with pre-sales starting on Friday. 

Amazon even has the album listed, alongside the actual album cover. This is fantastic news that fans get to hear the album.

Mary J. Blige performs ‘Therapy’ & 'Right Now' on ‘Jools Holland’...

Mary J. Blige nailed her two-song set during a UK promotional visit to BBC Two’s 'Later…with Jools Holland.' 

She performed two cuts off her upcoming new conceptual album 'The London Sessions.' They consisted of the Sam Smith-penned 'Therapy' and the Disclosure-produced 'Right Now.' New album 'The London Sessions' is due in stores on December 2nd.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New Music: Estelle – ‘Something Good’...

Estelle drops the second single off her forthcoming album 'True Romance.' 

The feel-good track is called ‘Something Good’ and it has a funky, piano-heavy house beat, full of 90s throwback and a lot of club-poppy elements. Interesting direction, given her previous statements about Adele not delivering real soul music. Everyone needs to chase that cross-over hit at some point right?

Jennifer Lopez finally scores a hit record with 'Booty'...

Showing ass and pulling rapper of the moment Iggy Azalea on record turns out to be the best career decision Jennifer Lopez has made this era. 

Her Diplo-produced club-banger 'Booty' debuts at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. This serves as her first top 20 hit since 2012′s ‘Dance Again,’ which peaked at #17. Prior to that, her biggest hit was ‘On The Floor,’ which peaked at #3 on the Hot 100.

Beyoncé's latest HBO special is a ratings flop...

Although Beyoncé and Jay-Z's 'On The Run' tour had a 100% ticket sell-out, not a lot could be said for their much hyped HBO concert special.

Unfortunately, it was a ratings flop on Saturday night. The special pulled under 900,000 viewers and didn't even make the Top 20 cable shows of the evening. In the future, perhaps Beyoncé should take into consideration that black Twitter just can't afford HBO.

Jennifer Hudson visits the Breakfast Club + Seth Meyers...

In promotion of her new album 'JHUD' (which dropped in stores this week), Jennifer Hudson visited The Breakfast Club.

She reveals she would like to play Aretha Franklin in a biopic as “that’s her dream role.” She would even go back to being fat again for that specific role. I would love to see her take on that challenge. I alwas felt she looked much better when she had more meat on her.

Nivea has not so cute things to say about Christina Milian dating another ex of hers...

Christina Milian just can't stop dating Nivea's ex-men. And Lil Wayne just can't stop dating The-Dream's ex-women either. 

It's always been a messy affair, and Nivea, who has kids with both The-Dream and Wayne is expressing her disapproval claiming that this "adds more mess to stirring the pot" (it hasn't been the first time either, she's made comments on Instagram recently.)

Album Snippets: Jessie J – ‘Sweet Talker’...

On October 13th, Jessie J will release her new album ‘Sweet Talker.’ The album snippets were released to iTunes this week. If you like what you hear, the album is now available for pre-order on iTunes.

Standouts: 'Aint Been Done', 'Seal Me With A Kiss', 'Keep Us Together' and 'Strip.'

Chris Brown’s new album ‘X’ debuts at #2 on Billboard 200...

Team Breezy really stepped up for Chris Brown. His new album 'X' entered at #2 on the Billboard 200 selling 146,000 copies in the first week. 

Unfortunately, he could not keep up with the 196,000 copies pushed by Barbra Streisand, who scored the top spot with her 'Partners' album. But despite not gaining the #1 spot, these are still respectable numbers for Chris.

JLS lead singer Aston Merrygold signs solo record deal with Warner Bros...

As if we didn't see this one coming from the very start. Aston Merrygold has signed a new solo deal with Warner Bros. Records. 

The music production and distribution label serves as an imprint of Warner Music Group and oversees releases by CeeLo Green, Lianne La Havas, Joss Stone, and more. He shared a photo on Instagram of him signing the contract with Warner Bros Records and celebrating.

New Music: Keyshia Cole – ‘Remember (Part 2)’...

Keyshia Cole drops the sequel to her 2007 hit ‘I Remember.’ The heartfelt, emotive ballad is called ‘Remember (Part 2).’

It's all very Diane Warren-ish and actually had the potential to be a decent track but her vocals are so off-key.  A conflicted Keyshia sings about no longer harboring feelings for her estranged husband Daniel 'Boobie' Gibson (they are currently going through a divorce).

Gwen Stefani reunites with director Sophie Muller for 'Baby Don’t Lie' video...

The chosen director for Gwen Stefani's upcoming 'Baby Don’t Lie' video is Sophie Muller. 

The pair previously worked together on four music visuals including 'Luxurious,' 'Cool,' 'Wind It Up' and 'Early Winter.' Muller also directed No Doubt's comeback single 'Settle Down' so we can expect something fun and quirky.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Beyoncé stuns in new holiday snaps from Paris...

Now that Beyoncé has ended her 'On The Run Tour' in Paris, she releases a series of sexy photos on her official website that were taken when she, husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy were holidaying in Paris. 

As per usual, she looks hot and she's also glowing with that tan. E! News are also airing a segment tonight where she shares with fans the most intimate glimpse into her life yet. 

More blood shed at ANOTHER Chris Brown club performance as victim gets stabbed...

Anywhere Chris Brown performs, someone ends up badly wounded. Last month, three people were shot, including Suge Knight, during his performance at 1OAK last month. 

This time, knives were used as opposed to bullets. Right after he finished his set at a YMCMB Drake/Lil Wayne after-party at Supperclub in Hollywood last night, someone got stabbed.

Nicole Scherzinger selects 'Run' as Stateside lead single...

It has been confirmed that the heartfelt ballad 'Run' will serve as the US lead single off Nicole Scherzinger's upcoming new album 'Big Fat Lie.' 

She will introduce the track during an exclusive event at Marquee NYC on October 2nd. The song, which was previously premiered on French airwaves, will reportedly impact US radios on October 6th.

Album tracklist: Keyshia Cole – ‘Point of No Return’...

On October 7th, Keyshia Cole will release her sixth studio album 'Point of No Return.'

The standard edition has 11 tracks, while the deluxe includes the songs 'Do That For (B.A.B.)' and 'On Demand.' Production comes courtesy of Mike WiLL Made-It, Stargate, Mario Winans, and RedOne. Pre-order the album on iTunes now.

Album cover & tracklist: Mary J. Blige – ‘The London Sessions’ + The Breakfast Club...

On December 2nd, Mary J. Blige will release her new, conceptual album 'The London Sessions.' 

She's dropped several songs from it already. Plus, a long line of British hitmakers have largely contributed to it. Those consist of Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sandé, Eg White and more. Today, she unveils the official artwork and accompanying 12-song tracklist. She also visited The Breakfast Club to promote it.

New Music: Mary J. Blige – ‘Whole Damn Year’ + ‘Therapy’...

Love can come with so much heartbreak, and that's the message Mary J. Blige is conveying with her new music. 

‘Whole Damn Year’ and 'Therapy' are two cuts she premiered off her upcoming new album 'The London Sessions.' The latter is really good, serving doo-wop vibes and 60s classic soul. The throwback-sounding track was co-written by British hitmaker Sam Smith.

Christina Aguilera shows up at Drake's concert...

Following the birth of her daughter Summer Rain last month, Christina Aguilera took a break from motherly duties to attend the 'Drake vs. Lil Wayne' concert last night at Hollywood Bowl. She looked fab!

She hit up the spot with pals and fiance Matt Rutler. On the music front, Music Gorilla reports that she has started working on her next album and is already reaching out to other artists and producers.