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:: After he attended Friday’s listening party in Los Angeles, Justin Bieber has weighed in on Kanye West‘s Yeezus. “Fact. @kanyewest new album is the truth,” he said. [Twitter]
:: Lil Wayne returned Saturday (June 15) to his New Orleans neighborhood, Hollygrove, to film the video for I Am Not a Human Being II‘s “God Bless Amerika.” A clip shows that an American flag falls to the ground before Weezy steps on it — actions that are still legal, but discouraged by US flag code. [LilWayneHQ]
:: Jennifer Lopez said that despite what rumors indicated, she is very unlikely to return to American Idol as a judge. Plans included starring in a “small independent movie.” [E!]
:: Ludacris was reportedly attacked at Atlanta nightclub Prive on Friday night. The Atlanta rapper and his girlfriend were hit with bottles before several people dove into the action, then security tried multiple times to break the crowd up. Neither of them were hurt. [Complex]
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Well, we knew Jay-Z and Samsung had a big announcement in store for tonight’s NBA Finals game. But rather than announce their rumored music streaming service, Jay used the massive platform to reveal the title and release date of his next album via a three-minute commercial. Magna Carta Holy Grail will drop July 4, and based on the making-of footage in the ad, Pharrell, Rick Rubin and Timbaland are involved. But here’s where Samsung comes in: they’re giving away one million copies of the album to Samsung Galaxy users three days before the official release date.
This is the latest in a string of short-notice, big-name album releases this year, including Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience and Kanye West‘s Yeezus. Speaking of, we feel Jay really missed a great opportunity to give this LP the Yeezus-esque title of Magna Carter, but oh well. This is Jay-Z’s first solo album since 2009′s The Blueprint 3, and fans can expect to hear the new Jay cuts live when he embarks on the Legends of the Summer tour with JT.
Check out the commercial that ran during Game 5 of the Finals below. More »
As opposed to many of the artists who spent their time at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee hanging out in the artist tent, Solange stayed unusually busy: Friday (June 14) saw her making two appearances, first to duet with her pals in Grizzly Bear during their set and later, performing with hip-hop legends like RZA from The Wu-Tang Clan, The Neptunes’ Chad Hugo and DJ Jazzy Jeff during a rap superjam. Then, on Saturday (June 15), she had her own solo set, a whir of tunes primarily from her exceptional True EP (as well as older favorites like the still-peerless-all-these-years-later “Sandcastle Disco,” and one of her favorite covers, Dirty Projectors‘ “Stillness Is The Move”). More »
Now this is Total Request Live: During Friday’s concert in Miami, One Direction was answering fan questions on Twitter when the group received an unusual request — “twerk team.” While the UK boy band were admittedly a little clueless, they did know which song would be fitting for the occasion.
While Niall Horan and Harry Styles quickly leaped into action, the other members decided that they required a little bit of assistance. Horan pulled up an instructional video on YouTube (“This looks long,” Louis Tomlinson said), while Liam Payne requested Drake‘s “The Motto” be played by 1D’s backing band. Payne rapped Drake’s lyrics, as the rest of the group lined the platform and, well, tried. Watch the clip up top. More »
Just minutes after his solo Bonnaroo set, R. Kelly made a surprise appearance during the festival’s Rock n’ Soul Dance Party Superjam — and while there, he took the lead on a cover of Sam Cooke‘s civil rights anthem “A Change Is Gonna Come.” (Perhaps he saw Beyonce cover this very song at Chime for Change and felt inspired — who knows?)
The Rock n’ Soul Dance Party was led by Jim James and featured John Oates (yes, of Hall & Oates). Other special, previously unannounced guests included Bilal, Alabama Shakes vocalist Brittany Howard and Billy Idol, who covered T. Rex‘s “Bang a Gong (Get It On).” Together, the ensemble made time for Kelly and Idols’ covers, but then mainly focused its energies on performing some of Sly & The Family Stone‘s biggest hits.
Watch R. Kelly cover “A Change Is Gonna Come” up top. After the jump, check out the Superjam editions of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Dance to the Music” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime.” More »
Fresh off his headlining set at Atlanta’s HOT 107.9 Birthday Bash, 2 Chainz took to Twitter to announce the title of his sophomore album: Based on a T.R.U. Story II. While the College Park rapper typically takes a downright silly approach to his punchlines, his new album title shows that he’s all business.
It’s hard to blame 2 Chainz for sticking to what he knows. Throughout 2012 he made himself known with a series of winning guest verses, and then he followed up with several hit singles off his No. 1 major-label debut: “No Lie” featuring Drake, “I Love Dem Strippers” with Nicki Minaj, “Birthday Song” featuring Kanye West, “I’m Diff’rent.” He’s since collaborated with artists ranging from Fall Out Boy to Major Lazer and The-Dream alongside Beyonce, and he teamed with Pharrell for his first B.O.A.T.S II single “Feds Watching.” (Tru.)
Based on a T.R.U. Story II is out September 10. Check out 2 Chainz’ announcement after the jump. More »
Sri Lankan pop provocateur M.I.A. has released a preview to a new song out June 17. “Bring the Noize” will be the first single she’s released since 2012′s “Bad Girls,” which was slated for her fourth album Matangi. Based on the preview, “Bring the Noize” is a high-energy, propulsive banger, thanks to a bouncing and skipping sample of M.I.A. singing, “Freedom.” The preview quickly shifts to a rapped verse, in which she reintroduces herself by her birth name: “People call me Matangi.”
While Matangi was originally due out last December, M.I.A.’s label instructed her to “darken it up a bit.” (“It’s like ‘We just built you up as the public enemy No. 1 and now you’re coming out with all this positive stuff,’” she said.) She has since described Matangi as “Paul Simon on acid,” while producer Hit-Boy (Britney Spears‘“Scream & Shout” remix, Watch the Throne‘s “Paris”) revealed that the two of them worked on seven songs together.
M.I.A. will debut “Bring the Noize” in its entirety on DJ Zane Lowe‘s BBC Radio 1 show. Hear the preview at her official website, then check out a few clips of its video after the jump. More »
Fifth Harmony, Ibrawlator contenders, has released its explosive debut single “Miss Movin’ On” Saturday. While the X Factor group relied on intimate, yet jaw-dropping covers to build anticipation for their debut album, “Miss Movin’ On” establishes that Fifth Harmony hopes to perform for stadium audiences soon.
Fans of Kelly Clarkson‘s “Since U Been Gone” and Taylor Swift‘s “I Knew You Were Trouble” will appreciate how “Miss Movin’ On” swiftly builds to a soaring chorus: “My innocence is wearing thin, but my heart is growing strong / so call me, so call me / Miss Movin’ On.” And beneath the cavernous beats, while a new twist for #Harmonizers, Fifth Harmony’s biggest strength remains the same — they trade off vocal duties so that each member is heard, but in subtle and unexpected ways.
Hear “Miss Movin’ On” after the jump, then revisit our chat with Fifth Harmony about their debut album. More »
It finally happened — though it happened several weeks early: Kim Kardashian gave birth to the baby she conceived with boyfriend Kanye West. The baby girl was delivered at West Hollywood, California’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center early Saturday morning (June 15) at around 1:30 am., according to multiple reports. The pair welcomed their daughter well ahead of Kardashian’s original due date (reportedly July 11). That makes two earlier-than-expected releases for West in as many days: his heavily anticipated Yeezus leaked Friday, and now… this.
That’s certainly one way to kick off Father’s Day weekend. More »
“Wildfire,” the B-side to the Saturdays‘ weird, but cool “Gentleman,” surfaced online ahead of its June 30 release. A stadium-ready dance track, “Wildfire” finds the breaking U.K. pop group eying a potential suitor — he started it, according to them — before it draws clear-cut terms at the hook.
The occasional, well, “Wildfire” metaphors aside, the B-side is a playful, yet no-nonsense club anthem that rarely minces its words (“Oh you got the” — squelch! — “and it sets me off”). So while the Saturdays bitterly reminisced in “Gentleman” of a time before 1995, when gentlemen and even husbands weren’t that hard to find, “Wildfire” either signals a promising future or a more fruitful past — you be the judge.
Hear the B-side after the jump. More »