Friday, 31 October 2014

No one is here for Rita Ora's new music...

Not much people care to hear Rita Ora's new music, apparently.

She took to Twitter last night and vowed to release a new track on Monday if the message received 100,000 retweets. However, she deleted the tweet hours later after only managing to pull in less than 2,000 retweets. And she has FOUR MILLION followers (unless 90% of those followers were paid for = inactive accounts).

Janet Jackson resurfaces at amfAR charity gala in Dubai...

Former french model turned actress/director Farida Khelfa shares these brand new photos of the reclusive Ms. Janet Jackson in Dubai today! 

The pair chilled out together and looked like they actually had some fun. Janet looks youthful as ever but something about that side profile is irking me. It's actually the nose. I hope she hasn't had it done again.

Mariah Carey to headline Jamaica Jazz & Blues festival...

For the first time ever, Mariah Carey will serve as the headliner for the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival on January 31st!

“I’m thrilled to be performing in Jamaica for the first time ever,” said Mariah in a statement. “I can’t wait to connect with my Jamaican fans and I am really looking forward to spending some time ‘pon de island’ as well!” Will she have the same impact as Celine Dion?


Usher sings the National Anthem at the Cleveland Cavaliers game...

Last night, Usher celebrated LeBron James’ homecoming game back with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Usher, who is part owner of the Cavs, delivered a solid performance of the Star Spangled Banner. His starstudded audience ranged from Spike Lee, and David Beckham to his very own protege Justin Bieber. Usher kicks off his 'UR Experience' tour with August Alsina tomorrow in Montreal.

Chris Brown visits Hot 97; talks about Rihanna AGAIN...

When Chris Brown visited Ebro In The Morning at Hot 97, all bases were covered.

He was quizzed on everything, from his love life, Karrueche and ex-girlfriend Rihanna (*side eye*) to his music, going to jail, and that Drake feud. He also discusses idolising Michael Jackson, working with Usher, upcoming tour with Trey Songz and much more. Check it all out after the jump.

Beyoncé & Blue Ivy dress as Janet & Michael Jackson for Halloween...

"We are part of the rhythm nation."

For Halloween, Beyoncé was dressed as 'Rhythm Nation' Janet Jackson, last night. Bey posed backstage at Power 105.1’s annual Powerhouse concert where Jeezy brought out Jay Z for their recent collab ‘Seen It All.’ Her appearance follows new rumours that she is set to perform at the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow on Nov 9th.

Madonna licks Nas' face in the studio...

Ugh, she's licking his youth away, quite literally.

Legendary rapper Nas took to Instagram and posted a picture of fellow legend Madonna licking his face off in what looks to be a recording studio. This had better be one fierce ass collaboration. At present, Madonna has been hard at work recording a brand new album due to be released next year.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams lose ruling in 'Blurred Lines' case with Marvin Gaye family...

Marvin Gaye's family are coming to collect some serious coin.

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost their fight against the Gaye family, after a  California judge ruled that they made a sufficient showing that elements of 'Blurred Lines' may be substantially similar to 'Got To Give It Up.' The judge found substantial similarity of signature phrases, hooks and bass lines.

Beyoncé & Justin Timberlake have one album left on their contracts...

Columbia’s Beyoncé and RCA’s Justin Timberlake (alongside Taylor Swift) are two of three mega sellers who only have one album left on their recording contracts. 

It is yet to be seen if those artists will renew or resign elsewhere (though I can actually see Bey leaving Columbia at some point). Expectantly, bidding for them would be fiercely competitive.

Mariah Carey dresses up as Mrs. Claus at sold-out Bangkok concert...

Christmas is coming up. You know what that means? Tis time for Queen of Christmas to get merry! 

Mariah Carey is giving us reason to prepare to sing all parts of her iconic classic 'All I Want For Christmas,' by celebrating Halloween as Mrs. Claus. Mimi belted out the track last night and was certainly feeling exuberant in front of a sold out audience in Bangkok, Thailand! More power to her.

Teyana Taylor covers 'Rolling Out' (photoshoot)...

Teyana Taylor is giving a whole lot of sexy on the latest cover of Rolling Out magazine. 

Inside the feature, the singer opens up about her career, style, new album, working with Kanye West, her new boo, Iman Shumpert and more.  Click here to read highlights from the feature now! And remember to check out her album 'VII' when it drops in stores on November 4th.

All of Mathew Knowles baby mamas can't wait for Beyoncé to meet their kids...

In a new interview with Inside Edition, former lingerie model Taqoya Branscomb says she is hopeful that her and Mathew Knowles' 4-year-old daughter Koi can meet her superstar half sister Beyoncé. 

And apparently, these baby mamas always conveniently leave out Solange (lol). I mean it's not like Solange doesn't have Bey's exact DNA as well.

Faith Evans premieres ‘Good Time’ video (featuring Problem)...

The First Lady hits the dance floor with rapper Problem in her latest new visuals for ‘Good Time’.  

Faith Evans' new video is quite the party starter with its West Coast-flavoured elements. The clip showcases the celebratory feeling of just living in the moment and feeling liberated. Her forthcoming sixth studio album ‘Incomparable’ will be released on November 24th.

Keyshia Cole snaps back...

Keyshia Cole seriously got dogged when she posted those videos of herself dry humping a piano for Birdman's attention. 

She's not appreciating the judgment of those very thirsty actions, but honestly, what did she expect? A pat on the back? She's almost fresh from a divorce and is now a mother in her 30s. Yet, she's vying for the attention of a man who allegedly cheated on her.

Rihanna turns heads at amfAR Gala...

Looking like the fashion icon that she truly is, Rihanna was serving pure face, swag and confidence at the star-studded amfAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles last night. 

She showed support for the fight against AIDS when she presented critically acclaimed designer Tom Ford with the AmFar Inspiration Award. Together they donated more than a million dollars.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Dawn Richard premieres 'Blow' video, unwraps artwork + release date for ‘Blackheart’ album

Not only has Dawn Richard premiered the music video for her song 'Blow,' she also unwrapped the cover artwork for her new album ‘Blackheart.’ 

On top of that, she announced that the set will arrive on January 15th. I'm not sure if this is her idea of shade but it's interesting that she waits a day after DK3’s video premiere to officially announce ‘Blackheart.’

Mary J. Blige debuts new song, 'My Loving' at the FADER Fort, rubbish crowd though...

Mary J. Blige premiered new song  'My Loving' during her performance at The FADER fort sponsored by Converse. 

The track, lifted off her upcoming new album, 'The London Sessions' sees Mary mixing soulful vocals with 90s-inspired dance music from back in the day. For such a high-octane song, the audience sucked major donkey balls.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Mila J premieres 'Pain In My Heart' video (featuring Problem)...

Mila J premieres the beach-filled visuals for her new tune 'Pain In My Heart,' featuring Problem.

Mila knows her body is ON POINT and had no issue showing off her assets on the sand. Sea waves clash together as a vulnerable Mila sings about her struggle getting over an ex. The song is lifted off her recently released new EP 'M.I.L.A.' 

Cheryl performs acoustic version of album title track 'Only Human'...

Cheryl performs a haunting acoustic rendition of new song 'Only Human,' the title track off her upcoming new album.

The Sia-penned ballad is one of her better songs this era, and she somewhat delivers a better vocal. Though flat in places, we can only attribute it to her being "only human." This comes one week ahead of her recorded performance on Sunday's X Factor.

Danity Kane premiere ‘Rhythm Of Love’ video but don't expect an appearance from them...

With Danity Kane’s new album, ‘DK3′ released this week, their team have managed to put together a music video for their promo single, ‘Rhythm of Love.’

It's all fun and love in the video, though I have to admit, it is not the kind of video fans would have expected from them. After all, they were in the process of shooting not one, but three music visuals.

Halloween comes early for Kelis...

Somebody's "milkshake" done dried up. 

The night before, Solange hosted a ‘Ball Out Beaucoup’ party in New Orleans, which Beyoncé attended. Well, Kelis attended too, looking totally jacked up. Not only did she put in an appearance, she actually performed there too. It's a wonder she didn't scare off all the revellers in attendance.

Birdman has turned Keyshia Cole cuckoo...

The decline for some, is REAL. 

Earlier today, Keyshia Cole uploaded two videos to Instagram with the caption "@birdman5star" where she is barefoot on a piano grinding and doing slow pelvic thrusts for her boyfriend Birdman. She was p-popping to Nicole Wray, which was playing in the background! Yes, seriously. What on earth possessed her to upload these videos dancing for Birdman?

Listen to Calvin Harris' 'Dollar Signs' (featuring Tinashe)...

Rising R&B singer Tinashe makes a splash into dance music on 'Dollar Signs.'

The club number serves as the closing track on ‘Motion’, the fourth studio album from Scottish DJ-producer Calvin Harris. The album is now streaming on iTunes Radio so certain blogs have posted select tracks from the project. I was deciding whether to post this or 'Together' with Gwen Stefani.

Teyana Taylor drops video teaser for 'Request'...

It's Tuesday, which means another video teaser in support of Teyana Taylor's debut album 'VII,' due November 4th.

This one is for 'Request', but if you've seen one clip of Teyana in bedroom-ready, wig-wearing mode, you've pretty much seen them all really. I'm not expecting the album to do great things, but she's trying outside of her interests for Instagram fashion.

Ariana Grande releases behind the scenes footage of 'Love Me Harder' video...

Watch some behind the scenes action from Ariana Grande's 'Love Me Harder' video shoot, featuring The Weeknd. 

The Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip was choreographed by Casper Smart, who seems to have found himself full time extended work since dating global icon Jennifer Lopez. In fact, his name was pretty unknown and now he's popping up everywhere.

Faith Evans unveils 'Incomparable' album cover & tracklist...

Lady in red Faith Evans is preparing to drop her upcoming new album ‘Incomparable’ on November 24th.

Check out the foxy album cover artwork and accompanying tracklist for the project, which will include latest throwback single 'I Deserve It' (featuring Missy Elliott & Sharaya J). The project, now available on iTunes for pre-order, will be released via her label Prolific Music Group.

Listen to Teyana Taylor's ‘Do Not Disturb’ (featuring Chris Brown)...

Following the recent premiere of her video teaser ‘Do Not Disturb’, the full version of Teyana Taylor’s lusty bedroom duet with long-time friend Chris Brown is now out.

The tune sees Tey tapping into her more sensual and seductive side, with Chris softly singing along. They exchange saucy banter on what they would like to do to each other underneath the sheets. Nice track.

Beyoncé book biography in the works + 'Nightcrawler' New York premiere...

Given that she often records her every move on Tumblr, Instagram and HBO, do we really need an unauthorized biography on Beyoncé's life?

J. Randy Taraborrelli, who has written books on Michael Jackson and Madonna is writing one on Beyoncé. According to Billboard, publisher Grand Central Books has just announced the soon to be released book for next year.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Rita Ora shakes booty on stage...

Earlier today, Rita Ora played a private concert in Moscow, Russia, in which fans had to win tickets to attend. 

It looks like she's been drawing a little inspiration from J.Lo's 'Booty' performance. Despite not working with very much in the derrière department, Rita started twerking on stage much to the delight of a cheering crowd.

Nicole Scherzinger’s new album ‘Big Fat Lie’ bombs in the UK...

Nicole Scherzinger's second solo album 'Big Fat Lie' has charted at #17 in the UK this week, which is a major disappointment. 

Last week, it was in the midweek chart at #12 with just 2.2K sales, meaning the album (released in the UK via RCA) has sold LESS than 5,000 copies. The poor irony is that Nicole was a judge when Ella Henderson was on X Factor, and Ella achieved more album sales.

Jessie J sang her face off on the ‘Queen Latifah Show’ today...

Who needs choreography or backing dancers when you can let your fiery vocals do all the magic on stage?

Jessie J, who was assisted by a live band, did just that while promoting her latest album 'Sweet Talker' on The Queen Latifah Show, today. As the crowd got on their feet to the clapping tune, she belted out her catchy new single 'Burnin' Up,' turning the heat all the way up in an all-black leather ensemble.

Ashanti discusses new Christmas LP & bedroom antics with ex-boyfriend Nelly...

Earlier today, Ashanti visited Hot 97's 'Ebro In The Morning' to promote her upcoming Christmas album, which will include some holiday favourites and original material. 

There might even be a Murder Inc. collaboration in the near future with Ja Rule on a project. The previously private singer had no issues revealing some of Nelly’s bedtime secrets during her visit.

Fergie is performing at the AMAs...

Fergie will be bringing some  L.A. Love to the Los Angeles based American Music Awards next month.

The BEP frontwoman, who recently released her first single in six years titled 'L.A. Love (La La)' has just been announced as a performer at the 2014 American Music Awards. She joins fellow performers Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige and 5 Seconds of Summer.

Usher & Tinashe star in Kid Ink's 'Body Language' video...

Usher and Tinashe star in the booty-popping visuals for Kid Ink’s 'Body Language' video.

Usher, who has already expressed his love for the strippers, had one hell of a treat ogling so many trembling booty's! The Darren Craig-directed clip was shot in Usher's native Atlanta. The Stargate-produced cut serves as the first single off Kid Ink’s upcoming album, due in 2015.

Beyoncé & Top Shop unite for sportswear collaboration...

Most of Beyoncé's outfits are from Top Shop (see photo), so it serves as no surprise that she has now formed a 50-50 joint venture company with the London-based retailer.

The partnership will see their company, Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd, produce an athletic streetwear brand, which could launch in stores and online in fall 2015 at the earliest.

Stream Danity Kane's new album 'DK3'...

As of writing, Danity Kane's new album 'DK3' storms into the top 10 of the overall US iTunes chart sitting pretty at #6.

The album is also being sold on iTunes under R&B/Soul, which is very debatable given that they are more pop with a little R&B. Hurricane Swift is ready to snatch though so perhaps they should have changed their release date?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Madame Tussauds China unveil a new wax figure of Beyoncé and it sucks...

Harpo… who dis woman?

Madame Tussauds Wuhan (China) unveiled a new wax figure of Beyoncé over the weekend and it looks nothing like her. She hasn't been that blonde in years, she's never worn that outfit before (though it's clearly a revised version of her glittery blue catsuit from her tour last year), and they excessively over-sized her feet. Sigh. One day... they will get it right.

Rita Ora joins Iggy Azalea for ‘SNL’ performance...

Saturday Night Live had rapper Iggy Azalea as the musical guest on this week’s episode, and Rita Ora came along for the ride. 

I don't think I've ever seen Iggy perform 'Black Widow' without Rita. You know how a guest feature cannot always make every performance, so the lead artist performs it anyway via a backing track or a stand-in?

Rihanna's new album may be coming this year after all + 'Rogue Man' fragrance launch...

Earlier tonight, Rihanna celebrated the launch of her latest fragrance 'Rogue Man' at Macy's Lenox Square in Atlanta. 

She looked stunning of course, but the fragrance, which reportedly sold out in minutes, is not the only thing Navy are buzzing about. During a meet & greet for the fragrance, one of the Navy asked Rihanna about R8 (her next studio album).

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Rita Ora covers Cosmopolitan USA...

Rita Ora is on the US cover of Cosmopolitan's December issue.

The stateside editorial is shot by Matthias Vriens-McGrath and styled by Aya Kanai. This girl stays getting US covers and she has yet to make any significant impact in that particular market. The powers that be in the strength of a miracle agent, because I just don't get it and never will. Overall, she looks good!

Adrienne Bailon shows off her banging body for 31st birthday...

Damn!

This is what you call a Jessica Rabbit type hour glass in real life format! 'The Real' co-host Adrienne Bailon celebrated her 31st birthday yesterday during a bikini clad photoshoot in  Puerto Aventuras, Mexico! Doing it Beyoncé style! Gym inspiration most definitely!

J.Lo, Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys & Gwen Stefani perform at ‘We Can Survive’ concert...

CBS Radio’s 'We Can Survive' concert at the Hollywood Bowl went down last night.

Jennifer Lopez served as the surprise guest during Iggy Azalea's set when she came out to shake her famous derriere to their hit 'Booty.' Ariana Grande rocked her signature cat ears, while belting out 'Problem' and 'Bang Bang,' and even rapped to some of Nicki Minaj’s verse.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Beyoncé ditches those bangs + reps married name in London...

Bang bangs are no more. 

And just when I was starting to get use to them too, but Beyoncé does look a lot better now. The gorgeous singer showed off her bangs-free weave during an outing in London earlier today. She was also repping her married name on a studded leather biker jacket, coinciding with those very reports that her and Jay Z renewed their vows recently.

King Usher covers Billboard...

Newer peers (and longterm rivals like JT) may have dethroned Usher in the popularity stakes but when it comes to singing and dancing, none of them can really touch him.

This is clearly why he still considers himself the king, literally. The R&B crooner covers the latest issue of Billboard magazine rocking a crown. The shoot was photographed on October 17th (three days after his 36th birthday).

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Tamar Braxton premieres ‘Let Me Know’ video (featuring Future)...

Tamar Braxton premieres the glittery visuals for her new single 'Let Me Know.' 

In the clip which she directed, Tamar explores different looks (or should that be wigs?) and even covers her naked body in glitter. The Future-assisted cut samples Aaliyah’s 'At Your Best (You Are Love).' As of now, she is currently in the studio finishing the follow-up to last year’s 'Love and War.'

Mary J. Blige premieres 'Right Now' video...

Mary J. Blige hits the town in her just premiered visuals for her Disclosure-produced single 'Right Now.' 

In the Mike Ho directed clip, the Queen of Hip Hop & R&B rides through the dusky streets of London in a shiny black Bentley to an underground dance club. Mary's new album titled, 'Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions' is due November 24th.

Jennifer Lopez surprises crowd at 'We Day' with greatest hits performance...

As much as 20,000 students got their life when Jennifer Lopez made a surprise appearance and performed a medley of her greatest hits on stage.

The booty shaking performance took place at the 2014 We Day, held at the Rogers Arena on October 22nd in Vancouver, Canada. The event was hosted by fellow Latina Selena Gomez.

Leona Lewis shares first picture of new album promo...

Could Leona Lewis be preparing to drop a brand new single, before the end of the year?

The signs are pointing to a highly likely possibility. She has just unveiled this stunning new promo photo on her social media pages, along with another one taken during her recording 'sessions.' And those images were followed up with a very resilient message.

Jessie J & Nicole Scherzinger perform at MOBO Awards...

The 19th annual MOBO Awards at London’s SSE Arena Wembley went down last night. 

Nicole Scherzinger performed latest single 'On the Rocks' off her album 'Big Fat Lie', which was released in the UK on Monday. Meanwhile, Jessie J, who won Best Female Act, was joined by special guest Kid Ink for 'Burnin’ Up.' Jessie served up pure vocals again, while Nicole strutted her abs across the stage.

Listen to Rita Ora's new song ‘Grateful’...

Rita Ora belts out lyrics of hope and inspiration on the uplifting ballad 'Grateful,' penned by Diane Warren. 

The song will appear on the soundtrack to the romantic drama 'Beyond the Lights,' due November 11th. It's about being grateful for the tough times in order to appreciate the better ones. The production on 'Grateful' is pretty bland though.