Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lindsay Lohan's Playboy To Drop Early After Leak

Following the recent leak of photos from Lindsay Lohan's highly anticipated Playboy spread, Hugh Hefner and the powers that be at the magazine have decided to move up the issue's release date.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Taylor Swift: Billboard's Woman of the Year

Taylor Swift made a rather large statement about her status in the music business during 2011 by simply placing a request. Entranced by Nicki Minaj's hit single "Super Bass," she invited Minaj to come out to the Staples Center in Los Angeles and perform the song in a surprise appearance during Swift's concert in August. In the aftermath, Justin Bieber asked if he could do a guest spot with Swift. In short order, the singer/songwriter was lining up musicians in many of the major markets to add a little local flavor to the night: Jason Mraz in Los Angeles; Usher and T.I. in Atlanta; Shawn Colvin in Austin; Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World in Phoenix; Ronnie Dunn, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Paramore's Hayley Williams in Nashville; and Selena Gomez and James Taylor at Madison Square Garden in New York, as her 2011 tour concluded.

Monday, November 28, 2011

50 Cent Will Release 10 New Songs Next Week

After a bit of drama earlier in the week, 50 Cent is bringing the focus back to his music with plans to drop some new tracks next week. Early on Sunday morning (November 27), Fif posted the news on Twitter, announcing that he will soon unleash the “BIG 10” project, featuring ten new tracks, each of which will have a video to accompany them. The new songs will be released a decade after his first official mixtape, 2002’s 50 Cent Is The Future.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Eminem, Dr. Dre Inspire 50 Cent To Take His Time

Recording with Dr. Dre and Eminem is bound to rub off eventually. While in the middle of recording his upcoming fifth solo album, 50 Cent has learned to take his time in the booth, and that in part explains the delay in releasing his LP.

"This is the first time that I've recorded and I haven't put pressure to release at a specific day. I've been on the shot clock the entire time. Dre and Em — I mean Dre's record hasn't been out in 11 years, so when you talk about perfection, it's gotta be crazy, right?" he told MTV News while at a New York book signing for his just-released anti-bullying book, "Playground."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Justin Bieber Beats Lady Gaga In YouTube Race

Bieber becomes first artist to achieve 2 billion YouTube views, one year after Gaga won the race to 1 billion hits

One year ago, Lady Gaga bested Justin Bieber in the race to 1 billion YouTube views, becoming the first artist to reach the plateau and establishing herself as the queen of social media in the process

Monday, October 31, 2011

O Music Awards Dance Marathon In Full Swing!

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California — The O Music Awards festivities kicked off in footloose fashion Sunday night at the Roxy Theatre on the world-famous Sunset Strip.

While the last OMAs tapped Chiddy Bang rapper Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege to break the Guinness World Record for Longest Freestyle Rap (he was successful, at nine hours, 16 minutes and 22 seconds), this year's show took on an even more ambitious goal: Longest Team Dance Marathon. That's 24 hours of nonstop dancing without one dancer dropping out.

Amy Winehouse Posthumous Album Due In December

The world will finally get to hear the music Amy Winehouse was working on before her unexpected death earlier this year. According to a press release from her English label, a posthumous collection of unheard studio tracks, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, will be released on December 5.

Beyoncé - Love On Top

"Love on Top" is a song by American recording artist Beyoncé Knowles from her fourth studio album 4 (2011). It was written by Knowles, Terius Nash and Shea Taylor; and production was handled by Knowles and Taylor. Knowles took inspiration from her state of mind while playing Etta James. A throw-back to the 1980s music, the up-tempo R&B song exhibits similar styles of Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and The Jackson 5. While incorporating six key changes, Knowles also adopts her high range when repeating the song's chorus towards the end of the song. She sings about a man who she can always call, even after facing grief and hard work, finally earning his love and respect.
"Love on Top"'s musical composition, as well as Knowles' vocals and versatility, surprised critics. In July 2011, the song charted at number three for three consecutive weeks in South Korea. Knowles also sang "Love on Top" at 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, announcing her pregnancy at the end of her live performance. This caused the upsurge of the song on to several charts worldwide. It appeared at number 75 in the United Kingdom and at number 14 in New Zealand. The song also debuted at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the second highest debut of Knowles' career as a solo artist. It has so far peaked at number 21 in Australia and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
Mainly inspired by the work of the American band, New Edition, the accompanying music video for "Love on Top" shows Knowles along with five male dancers, performing choreographed moves in a penthouse studio in New York City overlooking the Hudson River towards New Jersey. Critics generally commended the simplicity of the video, the wardrobe changes with every key change, and Knowles' youthful exuberance throughout the clip. The song was part of Knowles' set list for her revue, 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé. Critics commented that the song was even more impressive in person and that going through four key changes towards the last two minutes of the song while performing it live, remains a difficult task.

George Michael: I'd love to work with Timberlake

George Michael has responded to rumours about working with Justin Timberlake, saying they could make an 'interesting record'.

Justin watched George perform in London over the weekend, and the pair were spotted chatting afterwards. Justin reportedly approached the British singer about collaborating and the stars swapped phone numbers. George has now revealed he would consider a duet with Justin.

'Justin was very sweet actually. We could probably make an interesting record. :) (sic),' George wrote on his Twitter account today.

George went on to describe his elation following his storming set at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night. A host of famous faces including Justin, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss sat in the front row for the concert.

George was amazed to discover Justin was in the audience, telling the crowd he was trying hard to 'be his best' because the American star was watching.

George says the show was one of the best experiences of his career so far.

'Morning everyone, just falling back to earth after Saturday nights was almost an out of body experience for me :),' he tweeted. 'London, that was INCREDIBLE! So intimate and you showed me such support and love.The atmosphere in that hall! For once I was actually.... Lost in music. Thank you all so much.

50 Cent Supports Occupy Wall Street Protests In PSA

Early in September 50 Cent introduced his new company “Street King,” a global initiative intended to raise funds to feed one billion Africans. Last week, on the company's Facebook page 50 posted an impassioned rant that expressed his disappointment in the amount of funds—or actually, lack of funds—that have been raised so far. And on Saturday (October 29) Fif posted yet another public service announcement on the company’s Facebook wall, this time expressing his support for the Occupy Wall Street protests. Read 50’s latest PSA in full after the jump.

Madonna Working With Nicki Minaj And M.I.A.?

Madonna has long made a career of being in just the right place with just the right people at just the right time. And it sounds like she's at it again on her upcoming untitled 12th album. Though Madge's spokesperson gave a "no comment" when asked by MTV News to confirm the news, the popular Madonna fan site MadonnaTribe reported this week that the Material One has recorded nine songs so far for the disc, including the lead single, "Give Me All Your Love," which will feature … wait for it … Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.
The album, which she is reportedly recording with old pal William Orbit (Ray of Light) as well as dance veterans Martin Solveg and Benny Benassi, is slated for release early next year and unconfirmed rumors continue to bubble up that Madonna will play the new single when she performs at halftime at next year's Super Bowl on February 5.

Orbit has kept things close to the vest, but did recently tweet a tantalizing message that appeared to confirm the Super Bowl appearance. "I hesitate to make a comment about anything musical," he wrote. "Ya'll might think is a cryptic tease. But will say: \o/\o/\o/\o/\o/\o/\o/." The obvious cheerleader reference has been taken by Madonnaphiles to either be a confirmation of the appearance at the big game or a hint that the gig will feature some cheerleaders spelling out the singer's name in the stadium while she plays her new song.

Jay-Z, Kanye Watch The Throne Tour: Reviews Are In! Jay and Kanye's WTT Tour opening in Atlanta did not disappoint.

Jay-Z and Kanye West appear to have another hit on their hands. Musically, the two titans have accomplished just about all there is — #1 LPs, top Billboard singles, Grammys, gold and platinum plaques, and high-grossing world tours. So when the pair embarked on their Watch the Throne Tour as an official duo, the expectations were no doubt high. 
The reviews are in, and with its grandiose stage design, ginormous set list and striking onstage chemistry, it is clear that the Watch the Throne Tour does not disappoint.After two dates in Atlanta, Georgia (the tour's opening October 28 date and another the very next night) the critics sung the two rap heroes an overwhelming praise.

Pitbull - Rain Over Me ft. Marc Anthony

"Rain Over Me" is a song by American rapper Pitbull from his sixth studio album Planet Pit.It features vocals from Puerto Rican-American singer Marc Anthony.The Eurodance song was written by Pitbull, RedOne, Marc Anthony, Bilal "The Chef" Hajji, AJ Janussi and Richard Aziz, and it was produced by RedOne, David Rush and Jimmy Joker.It was released on June 10, 2011 as third promotional single from the album and received a full release as the album's third official single on July 19, 2011.It charted at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.The song became Pitbull's second number one single on the Billboard Hot Latin songs chart as well his first number-one single on the Tropical Songs.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Chris Brown & Benny Benassi - Beautiful People

"Beautiful People" is a song by American recording artist Chris Brown featuring Italian DJ Benny Benassi. It was written by Brown with Jean Baptiste, Marco Benassi and Allessandro Benassi, with the latter two also handling its production.The song was released as the third single from Brown's fourth studio album F.A.M.E. on March 11, 2011.It was later included on Benassi's fifth studio album Electroman (2011).Musically "Beautiful People" is an uptempo song which draws from the genres of electro house, dancehall and Europop, and contains influences of R&B.