We’ve been extremely confused regarding the dearth of information about Beyonce‘s forthcoming album during the first half of this year, but there’s another blockbuster release on the way with even fewer details floating in the ether: Eminem‘s eighth LP. Here’s what we know: Em is scheduled to headline Belgium’s Pukkelpop Festival in August, which would suggest new music is on the way. And there was a photo of him in the studio with Big Sean, but who knows what that was for. That’s all we’re working with.
But now comedian Chris Rock is hinting that he’s on the album. Last week he posted the above photo of a studio session with Em, and this week he tells Fuse TV, “I been on the Kanye record, maybe I’m on the Eminem record. You never know.” For what it’s worth, long before he appeared on Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Rock had a guest spot on Ice Cube‘s 2000 album War & Peace: Vol. 2.
Head below to see Rock’s full interview. More »
The Wanted and Avril Lavigne each performed a song on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night (May 15). The British boy band — appearing as a foursome while Nathan Sykes recovers from throat surgery — threw a curveball by by singing “Fill a Heart,” instead of new song “Walks Like Rihanna.” The reason the guys did the ballad, as they explain after the performance, is because it was written to help fight child hunger in America (the group has teamed up with ConAgra for the Child Hunger Ends Here program).
A black-clad Lavigne followed the Brits, performing her new hit “Here’s to Never Growing Up,” presumably to fight childhood ending. More »
Beyonce has apologized to fans for canceling a show in Belgium. The star had to postpone her concert scheduled for Tuesday night (May 14) in Antwerp after her doctor advised she rest up to stave off dehydration and exhaustion. In a letter posted to her Tumblr and Facebook page, Bey wrote, “I’ve never postponed a show in my life. It was very hard for me [...] I’m feeling much better now and I’m ready to give you a great show.”
She signed off by saying, “See you tonight,” indicating she’ll perform as scheduled for what was to be the second Antwerp concert. The Mrs. Carter Show must go on! Head below to see the full letter. More »
Ke$ha‘s tour is ending, but her libido has been raging since she said goodbye to Baby Spoon. And if you haven’t been watching the show, I love imagining you reading that sentence with absolutely no context whatsoever. This the fourth episode in the singer’s six-part MTV series, My Crazy Beautiful Life, documenting the two years Ke$ha spent on her first world tour. And it’s a good thing it was well documented, because it doesn’t look like her next tour is going to have nearly the same panache. More »
It’s finally here! Kelly Rowland has unveiled the long-awaited “Dirty Laundry,” off her forthcoming album Talk a Good Game. And, wow! It is exactly the heavy, soul-baring stunner she said it would be. Produced by The-Dream, the song finds Rowland opening up more than ever before, though it’s not just about past romantic relationships, as most people were expecting. No, there’s also a significant confession about her feelings toward Beyonce here, with Kelly revealing the complex dynamic between the two (“Bittersweet / She was up, I was down…Post-Survivor, she on fire…Kinda lucky I was in her shadow”).
Over a spare, piano-based beat, Rowland also recounts an abusive relationship (“Meanwhile this nigga puttin’ his hands on me…I was battered / He hit the window like it was me, until it shattered”). Eventually, as dramatic strings are added to the mix, Rowland admits this man turned her against her Bey, whom she misses. Whew! There’s a lot to unpack here, so give it a listen below. More »
It was the return of the mentors on Tuesday’s (May 14) episode of The Voice! Season 2′s Robin Thicke returned, along with current season mentors Hillary Scott (along with the rest of Lady Antebellum) and Pharrell Williams. The three wise ones — not to mention coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine — performed with the final twelve contestants, while Shakira and Usher kept busy by looking hot on the sidelines.
Despite the fact that every single performance from Monday’s show charted on iTunes, the dreams of two hopefuls do need to be dashed on live television to keep this ball rolling. But before the chopping block, check out these performances! More »
Did You Hear?
:: A new poll of US citizens found that a majority of us just plain do not like Justin Bieber (54% unfavorability rating, 20% likablity). Same goes for Chris Brown (shocker!), who scored a whopping 57% on the unfavorable scale. The best-scoring pop star was Adele with 54% favorability, which begs the question, who are the unfeeling psychopaths responsible for the remaining 46%? [NME]
:: The lovely Solange has launched her own label, Saint Records. It’ll be distributed through Sony and she’ll put her forthcoming album out on it. [Billboard]
:: Maroon 5 are heading on tour with Kelly Clarkson this summer, and frontman Adam Levine says it will be unlike any other M5 trek. Levine told Ryan Seacrest, “I think the scene of this tour is going to be hip hop … we’re working in some amazing things that I don’t want to talk about.” So, get ready for whatever that means! [RyanSeacrest.com]
:: Gucci Mane has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault charges. The rapper allegedly struck a man in the head with a bottle at an Atlanta nightclub in March, and was in jail for three weeks before being released on bond earlier this month. [TMZ]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can catch on TV today. More »
Drake is most definitely at the top with a dozen nominations at the 2013 BET Awards. Despite not releasing a new album since November 2011, he’s had a busy year with guest spots, videos and a couple singles from his forthcoming album. Oh, and that Aaliyah album if it ever happens.
The Canadian rapper is up for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Video of the Year (“Started From the Bottom” and “HYFR”) and Viewers Choice, among others. Nobody else snagged nearly as many nods as Drizzy; 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar were the closest with eight nominations each. More »
Demi Lovato‘s fourth album, Demi, is pure pop. It’s full of bright production, blaring vocals and big ballads. It’s not as intimate or raw as some of Lovato’s prior material, and it may not convert any new fans, but it’s a solid addition to Demi’s deceptively deep catalog.
Our own Sam Lansky summed it up thusly on his way to handing out a 4/5: “It’s not a deeply confessional album, nor defined by its sonic risks: Demi is polished commercial pop, but it’s as great as polished commercial pop comes. The ballads are appropriately squishy, the uptempo tracks are alternately sweet and sassy.” Clearly, we enjoyed the album. But the critical reception across the Web was all over the place. Read through to see our roundup of reviews. More »
Apologies on this one because I’m a little bit late to the party (it dropped last week!), but I couldn’t stand the idea of not showing some love to the crazy-sexy-cool video for “Lolita” from Leah LaBelle, former American Idol finalist-turned-Epic Records R&B chanteuse and, apparently, pop music’s biggest Nabokov enthusiast. This Pharrell-produced single is slinky good fun, with a chorus that’s properly huge — the type of radio candy that should command more mainstream attention than it’s snagged (so far, at least).
The accompanying visual has plenty of heart-shaped glasses — an apropos homage unto itself, but cleverly, it’s the boys (all shirtless) trailing LaBelle through a series of sexy situations (especially that carwash — yikes!) who are wearing them. LaBelle seems more than comfortable putting her feminine wiles to good use as the queen bee, and she — like the song — absolutely deserves to be worshiped. More »