- Nick Jonas wants to be Taylor Swift so badly. “R.I.P.” singer Rita Ora ripped his heart out, and he laments on new song “What Do I Mean To You.” He admitted the bitter lyrics were about Rita—whose name he mentions in the second verse—in a recent interview.
- The beautiful LeToya Luckett stars in Future’s video for “Honest.” The Colin Tilley-lensed video is shot so well, you almost disregard the blood streaming from your ears.
- Elle Varner’s relationship with NBA player Iman Shumpert has already met its demise.
- Tinie Tempah follows “Trampoline,” one of the worst records I’ve ever heard, with “Children of the Sun,” a universally appealing track courtesy of John Martin’s soaring chorus. Tinie’s inspired verses aren’t that bad either.
- Lorde is the latest indie sensation on the brink of mainstream superstardom, which means she’s at the brink of obscurity. The Lana Del Rey-inspired singer has followed her top ten debut single, “Royals,” with a less infectious but equally impressive track titled “Team.”
- Solange is featured on the titular track of Janelle Monáe’s The Electric Lady, but Lady Monáe felt the song needed a few more eccentric souls. She recruited rap legends Big Boi and Cee Lo Green for the remix.
- Britney Spears looks bored and constipated on the “Work Bitch!” single cover.
- Kanye West has been charged with criminal battery and attempted grand theft for “attacking” a paparazzo at LAX back in July.
- Sam, portrayed by Tyler, the Creator, orders his goons to beat up Wolf Haley, also portrayed by Tyler, in the trailer for WOLF, the movie adaptation of his latest album.
- If the members of Odd Future were less offensive and made music crafted for radio, they’d be Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The way these guys’ minds are set up…look, they stay inspiring me. Watch Mack & Ryan’s video for “White Walls.” There are a lot of cameos
- Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes recruits Jason Mraz for his new single, radio-friendly single “Rough Water.”
Elle Varner has a “teeny little tiny little temper.” She reveals this teeny-tiny detail about herself on “Tiny Temper,” a demo that didn’t receive a proper commercial release. The amusing track finds the sublime songwriter singing about what she’d do to a cheating lover.
Baking him a cake sprinkled with
love ricin (à la Walter White), burning down his house (à la TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes) and vandalizing his innocent Range Rover with a golf club (à la Tiger Woods’ wife) are a few things “Gina”—Elle’s very own “Sasha Fierce”—would do if provoked. Read More
Epic Records chairman and CEO L.A. Reid was honored at Clive Davis & The Recording Academy’s 2013 Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
Clive paid tribute to Whitney Houston, who tragically passed in the very hotel a year prior, by sharing a rare video of his mentee singing “All the Man That I Need” during a tribute concert for the troops. “She was the greatest contemporary singer of our lifetime,” Davis said. He extended an invitation to Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston, but she deemed the gesture “obscene” and refused to attend. Read More
Nas, the greatest lyricist of all time, is nominated for four Grammys, including best rap album for Life Is Good, best rap song and rap performance for “Daughters” and best rap/sung collaboration for “Cherry Wine,” his song with the late Amy Winehouse.
During a recent interview, he spoke on “Daughters” being nominated for a Grammy, his daughter’s response to the record and touring with Lauryn Hill. Read More
Elle Varner’s “I Don’t Care” video may not have sparked a large discussion regarding interracial dating, but a suggestive caption on a Twitter photo certainly did. The “Refill” songstress shared a photo of herself wearing a ring accompanied by the caption: “Well this is unexpected!” Many assumed some lucky (white) guy proposed to her. Read More
Leah Labelle’s lovely voice stunned viewers during the tribute to the late Teena Marie at the Soul Train Awards. Since, the “Sexified” singer has landed a spread in Pynk magazine.
On Lauryn Hill influence… “Her lyrics, her melodies, her stories, her voice, her tone, her runs, everything about her—I studied her. I thought I was her at one point. She was really my inspiration in forming my sound.”
On love for R&B… “My heart didn’t beat as fast with other music, but when I heard R&B, it was something about it that made me feel a lot different. I live in my feelings. So, I was happy to be able to connect in that way.” Read More
Tonight Centric presented The Soul Train Awards, an iconic ceremony that honors today’s brightest Black entertainers, airing on BET. The spectacle included performances from R&B staples John Legend, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo, Elle Varner, and Miguel, in addition to electrifying tributes from Fantasia,Anthony Hamilton, Marcus Canty, Leah Labelle and many more.
Hosted by comedian/actor Cedric The Entertainer, the awards show was taped in early November from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. View performances below… Read More
Take a gander at R&B’s new “it girl,” Elle Varner, on the cover of Kontrol. In August, the sensual upstart released her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect, to rave reviews. Since its release, her sonically distinctive tunes, including “Refill,” “I Don’t Care” and “So Fly,” have been heard blasting out of speakers at parties, malls and even the White House. Read More