CONGRATS UNCLE STEVE!!!The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce says it will honor syndicated morning man Steve Harvey with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler says, “Steve is a man of many talents. We are thrilled that he is joining our Walk of Fame family."
by email@example.com Apr 29 2013 5:30PM
For channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean studied R&B legends including Stevie Wonder. Now the Odd Future singer is soaking up inspiration from ’60s bands including The Beatles and Beach Boys for his next album.
While being honored as one of TIME‘s 100 Most Influential People in the World earlier this week, Ocean shed some light on the sequel to his Grammy-winningalbum.
“When I was making the first [album] there were a group of artists that I listened to, just for inspiration and to absorb the energies,” he told MTV News. “It was a lot of Stevie Wonder, and this time it’s a lot of Beach Boys and Beatles and whatnot, so we’ll see how it trickles into the music and the final product. I can’t say much other than that.”
In an interview with BBC Radio 1 in February, he revealed that he was 10-11 songs into the project. He was planning a trip to the island of Bora Bora torecord more.
He hinted at the direction. “At the end of channel ORANGE, there’s ‘Golden Girl’ and it’s this beach scene, and I kind of want to extend that feel into the nextrecord all together, kinda make it that theme,” he said.
In between hanging out with Justin Timberlake and Vice President Joe Biden, Ocean is eyeing a tour for later this year.
by firstname.lastname@example.org Apr 29 2013 4:00PM
Nicki Minaj can be seen each week on television on “American Idol.” Now she’s headed to the big screen. The rapper is set to make her acting debut alongside Cameron Diaz in Fox’s revenge comedy The Other Woman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Idol” judge is in final talks to star in the film. In addition to Diaz, the cast includes Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Kate Upton.
The comedy, directed by Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook), follows a woman (Diaz) who finds out that she is “the other woman” in an affair. She teams up with her lover’s wife (Mann) to get revenge on the cheating husband, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Nicki will play Diaz’s opinionated assistant at a law firm, who has been married three times.
She previously lent her voice to a character in last year’s animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift.
by email@example.com Apr 29 2013 3:00PM
Set your DVRs. Kanye West is closing out “Saturday Night Live” with a bang. The hip-hop icon has been booked as the musical guest for the season finale.
“SNL” confirmed the rumors by announcing that Yeezy will perform on the May 18 episode with host Ben Affleck. This marks his fifth time performing on the show. His last appearance was in October 2010 to promote his album MyBeautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
It’s unknown what he will perform, but he has been in the studio in Paris working on new material. He was at his label Def Jam earlier this week to play some of his latest work.
In addition to music, the rapper is gearing up for fatherhood. His girlfriend Kim Kardashian is due to give birth in June.
by firstname.lastname@example.org Apr 29 2013 2:01PM
Mark your calendars. Kelly Rowland has finally set an official release date for her fourth solo album. Talk a Good Game will arrive on June 18, it was announced by RepublicRecords. The Grammy-winning singer, who just made PEOPLE’s Most Beautifullist, will celebrate the release with a performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that same week.
She has called on some heavy-hitters for the follow-up to 2011’s Here I Am. The guest list includes Wiz Khalifa (“Gone”), Pharrell (“Feet to the Fire”), The-Dream (“Dirty Laundry”), Harmony, The Runners, and Mike WiLL Made It, who produced the lead single “Kisses Down Low.” She also reunites with her Destiny’s Child groupmates Beyoncé and Michelle Williams on the soulful “You Changed.”
The music was inspired by classic R&B including New Edition, Pebbles, and Babyface. “[It] feels like everything I wanted to make as far as music and R&B,” Rowland told Billboard. “I wanted to make sure my roots were really pronounced on this album.”
She will launch a co-headlining tour with The-Dream this summer in support of the album. Dates have yet to be announced.
by email@example.com Apr 29 2013 11:52AM
One of Big Sean’s dreams came true when he hit the studio with his idol Eminem on Friday. It’s unknown if the Detroit rappers were working on a collaboration, but Sean shared the special moment with his fans.
“Today was historical,” tweeted the G.O.O.D. Music MC.
Earlier this year, he spoke about his plans to play Em his sophomore album Hall of Fame.
“I wanted to make sure my album was completely done before I went and played it for him,” Sean told Rap-Up TV. “I know a while ago he reached out.” Hall of Fame is due this summer featuring collaborations with Miguel, Jhené Aiko, Nas, and more.
by firstname.lastname@example.org Apr 29 2013 11:47AM
President Obama brought plenty of jokes and a couple hip-hop references at the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday inWashington, D.C. The commander-in-chief entered to the official PresidentialAnthem “Hail to the Chief” before switching it up to DJ Khaled’s rap anthem “All I Do Is Win.”
“How do you like my new entrance music?” he asked the star-studded crowd, which included John Legend and Katy Perry. “Rush Limbaugh warned you about this—second term, baby. We’re changing things around here a little bit.”
He also addressed Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s controversial trip to Cuba.
“So, yes, maybe I have lost a step. But some things are beyond my control,” said Obama. “For example, this whole controversy about Jaz-Z going to Cuba—it’s unbelievable. I’ve got 99 problems and now Jay-Z is one.”
Watch Obama earn laughs from the crowd .http://youtu.be/ON2XWvyePH8Obama Talks Jay-Z’s Cuba Trip
by email@example.com Apr 29 2013 11:41AM
Ray J pays homage to his romantic past in the video for his much-talked-about single “I Hit It First” featuring Bobby Brackins. The R&B playboy enlists the services of a Kim Kardashian look-alike as he recreates a more PG version of his famous sex tape, references her famous booty, and watches a mock reality show much like her E! series.
He boasts about his sexual escapades with Kanye West’s baby mama as he drives through L.A. in his Rolls-Royce and boards a private jet with the fake Kim K. by his side.
Ray J has defended the song, which has received some backlash. “I think people digging into it too deep. It’s a song, we just having fun. That’s it,” he told “The Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Showhttp://vevo.ly/17lzELJ
by firstname.lastname@example.org Apr 25 2013 11:45AM
Beyoncé soaks up the sun in her scorching-hot commercial for H&M’s summer collection. In the fun and flirtatious ad, which was directed by Jonas Åkerlund (“Telephone”) in Nassau in the Bahamas, Mrs. Carter dances in the sand and splashes in the sea while modeling swimwear and beachwear. She sports a black bikini on the sandy shores, performs choreography in a flowing sun dress, and gets soaking wet in a bodycon dress.
The 90-second spot also features the debut of her Sia-penned song, “Standing on the Sun.” The clothing will be available beginning in May at H&M storesworldwide and online.
“I’ve always liked H&M’s focus on fun and affordable fashion,” says Beyoncé. “I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements—fire, water, earth and wind. It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial.”
It looks like Jay-Z may not be the only one venturing into the sports market. After recently selling his share of the Brooklyn Nets so that he can open a sports representation agency, Snoop Lion was just questioned by Boombox about a similar situation. Snoop has long since been involved in sports, namely his football team, so the inquiry wasn’t exactly out of left field. His response when asked:
Maybe the sports marketing agency as far as getting players to sign with me as a sports agent — and there’s a lot of kids that come out of my football league that are venturing off into the NFL and different sports and they’re going to need direction and management so that may be a field that I want to venture in.
Will this be another trend amongst veterans of the music industry? I guess we’ll have to see. But it can’t be worse than artists starting their own fashion labels, right? In related news, Snoop Lion’s highly-anticipated reggae debut Reincarnated is out today.