- Janelle Monáe would really prefer you all to focus on her music and not her sexuality.
- Some bold fan snatched Beyoncé offstage during “Irreplaceable.” Mrs. Carter’s bodyguard swiftly saves the damsel in distress, and she went on unfazed.
- Chris Brown plans on supporting his X album with a world arena tour and packaging his life in a John Singleton-lensed documentary.
- Miley Cyrus isn’t the only mainstream diva bitten by the Juicy J bug; Katy Perry tapped Juicy for “Dark Horse,” a promo single from her Prism album. Astonishingly, it isn’t generic fodder.
- Britney Spears new single, “Work Bitch,” is more basic than the cover art. The single will likely flop, so the Pop icon is desperately begging fans to support the record.
- Gucci Mane was arrested Saturday morning after cussing out a few Atlanta cops (they probably deserved it) while in possession of marijuana and a gun. This happened after he squared off with some R&B singer named Show at Lenox Square.
- Although Azealia Banks’ debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, is still pending, the combative rapper is already giving fans a taste of her sophomore album, Fantasea II: The Second Wave. Stream “Count Contessa” on SoundCloud. (I still don’t get what she does.)
- Jaden Smith has been tweeting some really weird things, y’all.
- Rick Ross and Yo Gotti appear in Gunplay’s cheaply made video for “Gallardo.” (Irony?) Strippers twerk throughout, so all is forgiven.The heavy-hitting track appears on MMG’s Self Made, Vol. 3.
- Speaking of Rozay, a fan fainted when she saw the Biggest Bawse at an MMG in-store signing. It’s obviously a stunt (or he indeed put molly in her champagne), but it still happened.
- Lee Daniels’ The Butler, an independent historical drama staring FOrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, crosses the $100 million Box Office milestone.
- The Arctic Monkeys puts an indie rock spin on Drake’s top ten hit, “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”
- Solange wears socks with sandals in a video posted on her label’s website—SaintRecords.com.
- Ronald Isley is still the smoothest R&B cat in the business. “My Favorite” found him collaborating with Kem, who wrote, produced and is featured on the track.
- Jaden Smith isn’t the only light-skinned rapper that fawns over Drake—Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt has an odd obsession with the light-skinned Keith Sweat. He professed his love for the “I Been That Girl” writer in a candid interview.
- Katy Perry may be the most redundant artist to emerge in the last 10 years, but one thing is for certain, the jump-roping superstar delivers with the visuals. In the Nokia-sponsored video for “Roar,” her 8th Hot 100 No. 1, Jane Perry survives a plane crash and gives Angela Bassett and Meryl Streep a run for their money.
- The single cover for Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” is pretty much what you’d expect—she’s scantly clad on a wrecking ball. Oddly enough, though, the chain isn’t connected to the wrecking ball, so I’m confused as to how they are suspended in the air.
- Black women’s role in music is beyond distorted, thanks to a few Pop icons, but Janelle Monáe is hoping to redefine that role. The Electric Lady hits stores soon.
- Mariah Carey isn’t the only supremely talented artist celebrating platinum status this week—Kendrick Lamar’s debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, has been certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over 1 million copies.
- Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail has been certified double platinum by the RIAA, thanks to Samsung buying 1 million copies of the subpar record. Meanwhile, the 43-year-old rapper was spotted celebrating his wife’s birthday in Italy.
- Ariana Grande’s first album, Yours Truly, is projected to debut at No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200. The kidz bop-esque record is supported by “Baby I,” a diet Mariah Carey-sounding track that is quite infectious. Peep a preview of the video here.
- Waka Flocka Flame is dropping a mixtape titled From Roaches to Rolex on September 30th. A roach on a Rolex is on the cover. Need I say more?
- John Legend’s Love in the Future is in stores and Alicia Keys-approved. He performed the LP’s incredible singles “Made To Love” and “All of Me” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Beyoncé won’t be losing fights with stage fans any time soon. The 31-year-old mother-of-one shocked fans and detractors alike when she shared a photo of herself looking in the mirror admiring her haircut. It was accompanied by a selfie (yes, Beyoncé takes selfies) showing a close-up shot of the new cut. Read More
Beyoncé is so freaking awesome and human. Instead of being chauffeured or taking the train like her husband, Mrs. Carter “biked to Barclays for [her] last show in Brooklyn!” She shared a collage of her excursion on Instagram. Read More
Usually, Jay Z makes arrogance, ignorance and greed-filled statements and people drink the Kool-Aid because he’s Jay Z, the most powerful rapper in Hip Hop. Those who dare challenge anything he says or does will be unjustly tried for treason, found indubitably guilty and eternally shamed as a hater. However, when speaking with Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson in an interview posted on Jay’s own website, Jay said his “presence is charity” and likened himself to President Obama in response to Harry Belafonte’s criticism of him and his wife Beyoncé’s contribution, or lack thereof, to the black community, and a lot of people weren’t feeling it.
I also abhorred Jay Z’s comments in the interview and his lyric referring to a man who has done more for people than most of us can fathom as a “boy.” Typically, I’d dissect the entire interview and expose the ignorance, but I have faith that my brothers and sisters who defend everything Knowles-Carter-related will recognize Jay’s smug, shallow, misguided point of view without my unsolicited input this time. Read More
Despite referring to Harry Belafonte as “Mr. Day-O” and “boy” (see: “Nickels and Dimes”), it seems Jay Z has taken heed to his criticism and attached his name to a greater cause. Jay and Beyoncé, who gave a much more respectful response to Harry’s criticism, were spotted at a “Justice For Trayvon” rally in New York City. Read More
Evidently, Beyoncé stays abreast to what the blogs are saying about her. Gossipy voices discussing rumors surrounding her served as an introduction for “Bow Down,” a controversial track that is or is not included on a larger body of work. (I’m hoping is not.)
Clad in all black, Mrs. Carter excited her hometown audience with crisp, stripper-inspired choreography. The bravado-filled song was appropriately intermixed with another one of her cocky and ratchet anthems, “Diva.”
Jay-Z and Beyoncé joined their good buddy Pharrell at his dinner for the 10th Anniversary of Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream at New York’s Tribeca Canvas restaurant. The incredibly successful trio immortalized the moment with a photo. Unfortunately, it’s not the best capture, mostly due to their lack of chemistry, Jay-Z’s Debo get-up and Pharrell’s rich homeless man steez. Read More