Friday, August 31, 2012
For those like myself who grew up in New York City listening to Wendy Williams on the radio spilling all kinds of tea about your favorite celebrities (and pulling a few others out of the closet along the way), then you know the Queen of All Media is not exempt from a little controversy. Also if you remember, Wendy had some personal drama of her own when four years ago a former producer accused her husband Kevin Hunter of sexual harrassment. The case has since gone away, and now that Wendy is going into her fourth season as a talk show host and has a successful accessories line on QVC, she's in a much better place.
Wendy stopped by Bay Area Radio Station Wild 94.9 to talk about the new changes we can expect for The Wendy Williams Show (which will feature a panel of gossip experts during Hot Topics) and a brand new studio. She was also asked about never having to sleep her way to the top, and reconciling with Diddy (who at one point tried to get her fired from radio). The infamous sex tape that allegedly featured Kevin was also brought up during the interview, but Wendy's hubby stepped in and pressed pause on the interview going in that direction. I say if Wendy can get all up in everyone's business, she should be fair game.
Check out the interview below...
Ever since Drake released the hot new Aaliyah track Enough Said earlier this month, rumors have been swirling about a new album coming out featuring leftover vocals from the late singer.
On Wednesday, Aaliyah's uncle Barry Hankseron, who is the CEO of her label Blackground Records took to Twitter to give fans details on the album and even revealed the album cover.
Tweeted Hankerson: "Aaliyah 16 unreleased tracks 2013 stay tuned."
There has been some confusion on who will be producing the album, since Drake unleashed his Aaliyah collabor with production by Noah "40" Shebib. First Aaliyah's brother Rashad said her immediate family does not support this album. Then Missy and Timbaland squashed rumors that they were involved with the album and even said they were not contacted by Drake's team to even work on shelved Aaliyah material. Besides, Tim and Missy are working on their new albums, with the "Hit 'Em With A Hee" MC set to drop two new singles this weekend.
It's still unclear if the Haughton family has given their blessing, and even though I am a huge Aaliyah fan and I miss her dearly, I'm not sure she would be excited to hear songs she didn't have a chance to perfect make it's way on the new generation of music listeners.
The track, which was produced by produced by Rico Love and Jim Jonsin and features guest vocals from Kelly Rowland will be on his forthcoming album Ludaversal. Check out a radio rip of the track below...
I'm sure after MTV announced yesterday that since they've decided not to renew Jersey Shore after the sixth and final season airs in October the folks in Seaside feel that it's safe to allow their children back into the ocean without the fear of catching some kind of pesticide.
Now that we know the show is coming to an end, MTV programming executive vice president Chris Linn spoke to TV Guide Magazine why he felt it was time for the show to sashay away.
TV Guide Magazine: It's the end of an era. How did you come to the decision to end Jersey Shore?
Linn: We came about it pretty organically. We've always talked about when will we know that it's time, as you'll see in this season and what you've read and seen and heard, you know their lives are changing, like any young adult. Nicole has the baby, relationships are brewing, they're taking those next steps of young adulthood.
The show started out as an authentic phenomenon of what occurs when young people get together to live in a summer shore house. Over time your life starts to move on in ways that take you in different directions. They're changing and we've always wanted to be able to go out on a high note.
TV Guide Magazine: The show isn't doing what it used to, but it's still a huge ratings success for you guys. I imagine this is something you knew you had to do, but it still stings.
Linn: We're thrilled with how well the show continues to do and we expect Season 6 to do incredibly well. The show has been so good to us in so many ways so we felt like we wanted to do the right thing.
TV Guide Magazine: This allows you to promote the final season as the end and try to get a nice ratings bump.
Linn: That is not an intentional strategy on our part. But certainly as I watch the episodes now, seeing it through the lens of this will be the last season, it adds another layer to it. Maybe you savor it a bit more. But in all honesty [the decision] just came together.
TV Guide Magazine: I also imagine been harder to keep up the show's conceit as the roommates became major celebrities.
Linn: We've always wanted the show to be authentic as possible. And much to our surprise that they have become as uber famous as they are, it certainly added challenges. Their lives are evolving and changing, they're following different paths and they have different businesses. It sort of starts to lead them away from what the original conceit of the show was. So better to acknowledge that and know when its time to move on then to try to milk that or incorporate it in a way that doesn't feel organic.
TV Guide Magazine: At the same time, the salaries have increased astronomically for the stars, and the show has gotten more expensive. Did it no longer make financial sense to keep it going?
Linn: In all honesty, that hasn't been the case. The show continues to do incredibly well in the ratings. Even in its last season it was the No. 1 show in 12-34 each week. We didn't even get to a step to discuss negotiating for another option and other season. So it's not a matter of negotiations. It was a decision we made for the good of the franchise and the channel. Our audience also demands reinvention from us. We've had Jersey Shore on our air for a while now and it's burned brightly and been a big piece of who we are, but we don't want to repeat ourselves. We've constantly looking to reinvent. It's a difficult choice to kill your baby, but sometimes you have to do that and move on.
TV Guide Magazine: MTV has also been focusing more on scripted series.
Linn: I think it's a part of our portfolio approach, but it didn't play a part in this decision. We have a number of successful series on our air and great new shows in the pipeline, so we have the luxury of stepping away, even from a juggernaut like Jersey Shore.
TV Guide Magazine: You still have second season of Snooki & JWoww coming.
Linn: Featuring the birth of the baby. You won't want to miss that.
TV Guide Magazine: What about Pauly D Project?
Linn: We've not made a decision yet on Pauly D, he's just gotten out of shooting Jersey Shore, so we're evaluating everything now but no decision yet.
TV Guide Magazine: Any other spinoffs in the works?
Linn: Nothing specific to talk about right now. We're always open to ideas. The cast is a big piece of the MTV family and we're certainly open to working with them, but nothing specific at this point.
TV Guide Magazine: How will you end the show? Is there an opportunity for a farewell episode?
Linn: The way we're rolling the show out, the show airing before the VMAs is our final lookback that will help tee up the last season. There's going to be the finale, which we're looking to eventize in a way that feels like an organic finale to the show.
TV Guide Magazine: What was the reaction from the cast?
Linn: Obviously it's emotional, not necessarily sad, but emotional. This has been a big piece of their lives. This show has changed their lives, our lives. Knowing this show is coming to an end and the rest of their lives, personal and professional, is ahead of them, that's a monumental shift. But they've all got great careers ahead of them and are all pursuing individual and very different endeavors. In some ways I'm sure they're very excited to move forward.
TV Guide Magazine: Why not reboot with a new cast?
Linn: That's something that has bubbled up since Season 2, and something that's been contemplated. Our position has always been we really have lightning in a bottle with this cast. They are all unique, defined characters who spark off each other really in perfect ways. This show is about this cast and not even about what happens in each season, but how things evolve from season to season. They have such history now and the audience has such history with them. To try to completely revamp it with a new cast just feels like it would do a disservice to what the show has been.
TV Guide Magazine: How will Jersey Shore be remembered?
Linn: It shined a light on MTV and brought a lot of viewers back just after a time when maybe we had lost a bit of relevance. We've been able to tell fascinating stories and introduce a fascinating cast on to our audience. It's been dramatic, it's been comedic, it's really been a fun ride. For us, for the cast and for the viewers.
TV Guide Magazine: MTV is always reinventing itself.
Linn: If you look back at the history of MTV there's the era of Jackass, the era of The Osbournes, the era of The Hills. We're still in the middle of the era of Jersey Shore and it won't be too long until there's another era. Our audience tends to choose a show or two at a time, and then we move to something that feels completely different. I'm excited about what's to come.
When Chris Linn said he wasn't sure if The Pauly D Project was coming back because Pauly just finished shooting Jersey Shore, I was going to say well they immediately went into production on Snooki & JWOWW so there's no excuse. But then Snooki was nine months pregnant when she finished shooting JS so it was smart for the camera crew to go right into her other reality show. I personally think Pauly is better off using his celebrity to continue his DJ career and leave TPDP on the sidelines because his reality spin-off was terrible.
The final season of Jersey Shore airs on Thursday, October 4 at 10/9c on MTV.
Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada finally broke her silence after news broke that she was rushed to the hospital due to a violent altercation with her hubby of one month Chad Ochocinco.
Evelyn recently sat down with Amy Robach at Nightline to speak about the issues leading up to the domestic dispute, and told her what she feels Chad needs to do if he wants them to reconnect again.
Check out a few of the excertps below...
On what she wants for Chad
I would like for him to tell me that he got help and that he is working on himself, whenever I talk to my sister or my girlfriend, I always say I want the best for him. I really do! And he is a good guy who made a bad choice. He loves football, he is very driven, a great dad. He made a bad choice that destroyed his life and I hate that I’m connected to that, I do, but it was his choice. It wasn’t mine.
It would have to take sometime [for us to speak again]. I love him very much and I think that us being away from each other is the right thing. So when is he going to say sorry? [...] It’s the hardest thing in the world to walk away from someone that you really love/ But you have to walk away because I have to protect myself.
On the events leading up to the head-butting incident
And then the next thing I know, he grabbed me by here [pointing to her head] and he head-butted me. I felt blood coming down my face… and I looked at him and I said, ‘You just head-butted me?’ And it just — everything just felt if it was in slow motion.
He was gone to me, like, it wasn’t him. He got out of the car, really, really quick and ran into the house, and I said to myself, ‘I need to get out of here.
On her decision to file for divorce
I said to myself, ‘I’m never going to go through that again, ever. I don’t think any woman should ever have to feel like that or be fearful of her husband.
I was a very good fiancé and wife to Chad. I did everything I could to make his life better. The person on ‘Basketball Wives’ is not the person at home. I don’t think he would marry me if I was.”
You can watch the full interview tonight on Nightline at 11:30pm on ABC
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Backstreet's back alright! It's been a long time since all five members have been on stage together (Kevin Richardson left the group for personal reasons), and not only did Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Richardson and Howie Dorough perform live for the first time on TV, they also talked about the new album (which will drop in early 2013) and even revealed that they will be doing a Backstreet Boys cruise in 2013.
“Next year, just so you guys know, there will be a BSB cruise next year, in October, with all five.” said AJ Maclean. Sadly it's not a gay cruise they will be doing.
Check out one of my guilty pleasure bands growing up perform “Larger Than Life” and “I Want It That Way” as well as their interview below...
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I talked about this a few weeks ago, but it looks like it has been confirmed that Randy Jackson will no longer serve as a judge when the new season of American Idol kicks off in January. he won't be gone entirely from the show so we will be subjected to his "white boy trying to sound black" slang for another season when he serves as a mentor to the contestants.
Maybe producers didn't want to have to hire people to constantly pull Randy's head out of Mariah's ass from all the ass kissing he always does when dropping her name. I've still got my fingers crossed that producers will come to their senses and hire a much entertaining judge with reality show experience like Adam Lambert and not manufactured glittered trash like Nicki Garbaj.
According to TMZ they're looking to have four judges this season, and I thought to myself, "bitch this ain't X-Factor." They tried four judges before (with Kara Diowhatshername and Ellen) and we all saw what that resulted to. I've said it before and I will say it again...reality shows featuring singers was great 10 years ago when American idol becamse a huge success. That ship has long sailed and like my girl RuPaul says every week on Drag Race, it may be time for AI to sashay away.
With Frank Ocean coming out recently and the U.S. President as well as a sea of mainstream rappers coming out in support of same sex marriage, it's quite refreshing to hear rappers I never heard of by the name of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis talking about same sex love and equality. With all this talk and quality music I'm hearing from underground Out Hip Hop artists on the rise, I feel we should have our first openly gay rapper on the Billboard charts within the next five years.
The song is released in partnership with the Music for Marriage Equality campaign. Check out Same Love below, which also features Mary Lambert above...
Drag sensation Raja, who you may all remember as the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season 3 has followed up her debut single Diamond Crowned Queen with a new track called Sublime, which was produced by electro pop singer, songwriter, producer and my dear friend SIRPAUL.
Here's what Raja had to say about working with SIRPAUL: “I am constantly amazed at the powers of technology and social networking. I met Sir Paul via Twitter and the magic was immediate. Paul loves music as much as I do, his passion is infectious and inspiring.”
And here is what SIRPAUL had to say about collaborating with Raja. “From the moment I saw Raja I knew she would win RuPaul’s Drag Race. When we met and she asked me to produce her next single, I just knew we would create something magical together.”
I love the music video for Diamond Crowned Queen and this song has a sensualness to it that's different, and I love the fact that Raja is experimenting with different genres of music. I'm actually looking forward to what Raja comes up with for the music video concept (I'm imagining a dark, Justify My Love-esque vibe with some avant-garde costumes).
If you like what you hear, “Sublime” is available on iTunes and other digital retail outlets right now.
For those who haven't seen it, check out the video for Diamind Crowned Queen below...
While some of us impatiently wait for Robyn to release the follow-up to her Body Talk trilogy, the Swedish pop sensation released an awesome remix of her song Who's That Girl by Rex The Dog this morning and the minute you press play it will have living nostalgic for the 80's and will have you dancing around your bedroom with a hairbrush in hand. I'm looking forward to some new music from Robyn very soon.
Check out the hot remix below...
Hollywood Walk Of Fame Gods Say Hell To The Naw To Kim Kuntrashian - Amy Grindhouse
Eric Northman Graces The Cover Of GQ - Just Jared
Has Sean Lockhart Resurrected His Porn Alter Ego Brent Corrigan In Order To Raise Money For A Movie? - Gay Porn Talk
Why Is Anyone Surprised That More People Watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Than The Republikkkan National Convention? Aren't They Fighting For The Same Audience? - Jezebel
Britney Spears Shows Off Her New Bikini Bod - Hollywood Tuna
I Guess When Being a Homewrecker Becomes A Full Time Job You'd End Up In Rehab Too - Radar
Looks Like Milla Jovovich Is Taking Pointers From Lindsay Lohan - Hollywood Rag
Sage Stallone Died From Heart Disease Not Drugs - I'm Not Obsessed
Jennie Garth And Luke Perry Are Shopping Around A TV Series - Rumor Fix
Speaking Of 90210 Has-Beens, Tori Spelling Popped Out Another Baby - Dlisted
Before We Say Goodbye To MTV's Biggest Trainwreck, Check Out Jersey Shore's Top 10 Greatest Moments - Celebrity Cafe
Tanning Mom A Hot Four Alarm Drunken Mess At Gay Club XL - Gawker
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Will.i.am has released the album sleeve and track listing for his upcoming solo album #willpower and it seems from the laundry list of guest stars the Black Eyed Pea called in every favor from just about every mainstream musician in the game right now to put this mess together. Guests on the album include Britney Spears, Rihanna, Nicole Scherzinger, Cheryl (no Cole), Justin Bieber and more. I see he also decided to bury the first single T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever) on the deluxe edition, which was a smart move. The standard edition features 16 tracks while the deluxe features 20. #willpower will be in stores October 15th (Internationally) and October 16th (U.S.)
#willpower Standard Tracks
1. Drop That (B.E.A.T.)
2. This Is Love” (featuring Eva Simons)
3. Fresh S**t
4. Run It Back (featuring Rihanna)
5. Clubs on Fire (Don’t Put It Out)
6. F**kin’ With Me?
7. Sexy Sexy (featuring Britney Spears)
8. Make It Last (featuring David Guetta)
9. One of Those Nights (featuring Chris Brown)
10. Reach for the Stars
11. Party Like an Animal (featuring Redfoo & Eva Simons)
12. Mona Lisa Smile (featuring Nicole Scherzinger)
14. Love Maker (featuring Ne-Yo)
15. Flyin’ (featuring Justin Bieber)
16. All at Once
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
17. T.H.E (The Hardest Ever) feat (Jennifer López & Mick Jagger)
18. Great Times
19. It (feat Cheryl)
20. Dirty Beat
Madonna recently recorded herself apologizing to her Australian fans who once again have to miss her world tour because she wants to spend some time with her four children. It has been 20 years since Madonna has performed in Australia, and hopefully by the time she gets there she won't be performing on stage with her walker. If you are a performer with children, then you know it's very hard to tour the world and not be there all the time to discipline your kids and see them do all the things that other parents get to see them do...like see them in a sporting event or the moment they went through puberty. BTW, I can't believe Lourdes is almost 16 years old and the singer revealed that her daughter will be moving out on her own soon. Well at least the Aussies still have Kylie Minogue.
With the latest release from Linkin Park and a few other album releases, I actually thought rock music would be making the comeback it deserves. Sadly, the worst aspects of dance music is continuing to dominate the U.S. charts, and in our diverse nation, the music industry likes to only focus on one trend at a time, which is unfortunate because most people listen to different types of music on their iPods. Anyways, that hasn't stopped LP from releasing new music videos and I'm sure they're heading out on a long extended tour to promote this record. Check out the music video for Lost In The Echo below...
For the record I am a huge fan of Wisin Y Yandel. I understand they're trying to cross over into the English-speaking market like Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Shakira (to be fair J Lo has always been an American pop star before she crossed over into the Latin American market). But why do Spanish-speaking artists always have to compromise with these horrible dance beats, overuse of auto-tune, and lackluster American guest-performers? Mujeres En El Club with 50 Cent is a much better single than this mess, and clearly English is their second language, but because I love me some W&Y, I will forgive them for this song. Hopefully their new album is better than this track.
Check out the English and Spanish version of Something About You (Algo Me Gusta De Ti) below...
Is there some crazy trend going around Hollywood with big time celebrities taking their own life? First legendary director/producer Tony Scott jumps to his death off a bridge and now Chris Lighty? According to reports, the Violator Entertainment mogul, who manages 50 Cent, Diddy, LL Cool J and Mariah Carey to name a few, was found dead this morning in the backyard of his Bronx apartment from a self-afflicted gunshot wound to the head.
According to sources close to Lighty, the hip hop mogul had been in an argument with his ex-wife and shot himself in the head. Reports also say that ever since he divorced his wife last year, Lighty has been an emotional wreck and hasn't recovered. He was also dealing with debt from the IRS that totaled at around $5 million.
A tweet from Def Jam Records' Twitter read, "We lost a great one today, Rest in Peace Chris Lighty. Forever in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."
Fat Joe, who has worked closely with Lighty, wrote, "R.I.P CHRIS LIGHTY THE MAN THAT SAVED MY LIFE!!! I Would Be Nothing Without YOU!!! My Kids Appreciate YOU God Bless Chris Lighty." Saigon added, "If this Chris Lighty sh-- is true, that just f---ed up my whole YEAR. He was my manager for 2 years."
And here's what Lighty's mentor Russell Simmons wrote on his Global Grind blog: "I am deeply saddened by the loss of a hip-hop hero. Chris Lighty has been a dear friend of mine since he was a kid. Was a brilliant partner in business and I was so proud of all that he had accomplished," Simmons wrote via Global Grind. "He is an amazing example of how a passionate kid from the street can go to the most even-keeled, smart, thoughtful manager in the business and a generous philanthropist. He was loved by everyone who knew him, including me. He will be missed greatly by all of us."
Suicide is never the answer to take away emotional and physical pain, but hopefully he has found peace in the afterlife.
When Anderson Cooper's newly revamped daytime talk show premieres on September 10, it will not only have a new look and a different co-host, but he has managed to snag Beyoncé as his first guest.
In the promo for Anderson Live (which is the show's new name), Bey will teach the silver fox how to drop like it's hot among other things. I just hope he asks her some interesting questions because Bey always comes across as guarded in her interviews. As much as I love me some Anderson, I was disappointed with the first season of his show and I'm hoping that since the show will be live (and now that he's out of the closet) that he won't be as uptight as we're used to seeing him.
When it comes to the world of music (25 million followers on Twitter, millions of albums sold, biggest selling singles artist on iTunes) and self-promotion, Rihanna has it down in spades. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for her transition into the world of TV and film. Rihanna had a starring role in the Summer film Battleship, which in turn became more like a flop than a blockbuster. Then she debuted her new reality show Styled to Rock on the network Skyliving in the UK and in three weeks since it's debut, the first week drew in 95,000, the second week-75,000, and the third week drew in 110,000 viewers this past Tuesday.
If it were some random model hosting the show the ratings would be far more forgiving. But it's Rihanna we're talking about here. her popularity alone should have garnered much bigger ratings. Maybe RiRi didn't do enough to let her gazillion Twitter followers know that the show was on, but based on these numbers I don't see this series getting a spin-off in the States.
I'm sure all of you have heard by now that Shia "Please Take Me Seriously As A Thespian" LaBeouf has started shooting the new Lars Von Trier movie Nymphomaniac, which will be shot as both a R and NC-17 version. The film is also set to include actual sex scenes of penetration, and last night when Chelsea Handler asked him how he got the part in the film, LaBeouf joked that: “I sent him videotapes of me and my girlfriend having sex and that’s how I got the job.”
As serious as Shia has been coming across lately I wouldn't be surprised if he did send them a sex tape or two. If such things do exist, don't let TMZ or Vivid get their hands on it.
Check out the Chelsea Lately clip below...
Just like his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, singer Chris Brown has been experimenting with new looks. First he dyed his hair blonde, got a bunch of tattoos and even pierced his nose. But I have to say he has truly gone overboard with his new blue dye job which I have to say looks like a hot ass mess.
The worst part of this is I know I'm going to see a bunch of ghetto ass cunty queens in their skinny jeans and D-bag cut tops sashaying and shantaying around the hood with their hair dyed two different colors. Sorry Chris, but if you're looking for a way to bring some attention to your flop of an album, dying your hair ain't it. I would have said making an appearance at the VMA's next week might get people interested in you again, but being that Drake and RiRi will be there I'm guessing should you win both of the moonmen you are nominated for they'll have to ship it to you.
While new mom Snooki and her partner in crime JWOWW are currently shooting the second season of their hit spin-off show, MTV has announced that the sixth season of Jersey Shore will be it's last. Footage of the final season will be shown next Thursday during the MTV VMA's pre show. I have stuck with these kids since the very first episode, and from the looks of things, I'm sure Pauly, JWOWW, Snooki will be okay financially. I've heard some financial troubles with Mike "The Situation", and I recently saw he's on Celebrity Big Brother overseas. Vinny is trying to forge an acting career, and the last thing I saw him in was Jersey Shore Shark Attack on the Syfy channel. Between Pauly's DJ gigs and his business collaborations with 50 Cent, he doesn't ever have to worry about working a retail gig. Though I do think his reality show should not return because I was absolutely bored watching it. As for Ronnie, Deena and Sammy...I hope they saved their money because once the show ends no one will care about them. I'm just curious to see how Snooki's pregnancy played into the JS setting because if she was such a bore when it was just her and Jenny I can only imagine how she came off with the other roommates.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Madonna Gets Rave Reviews As She Kicks Off U.S. Leg Of MDNA Tour In Philly - NY Times
Big Brother 12 Star Lanie Elenburg Fully Naked - Queer Click
Lady Gaga May Not Be As Popular As She Would Like You All To Believe - Huffington Post
Is Anyone Surprised That Courtney Stodden Would Whore Herself Out To Porn Producers? - TMZ
Kris Humphries Being Sued For Allegedly Giving A Woman Herpes -
Well At Least John Mayer Didin't Break Up With Katy Perry With A Post-It - The Superficial
Gay Couple Suing United Continental For Embarrassing Them With A Dirty Dildo - Towleroad
Get A Peek At John Travolta's ex-lover Doug Gotterba's Tell All To National Enquirer - Kenneth
Rosie O' Donnell Isn't The Only One To Get Secretly Married. Adele Is Now Somebody's Wife - EB
Daniel Craig, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Seth Macfarlane To Host SNL - Just Jared
Sylvester Stallone Suffers Another Tragedy As He Loses His Sister To Cancer - Tabloid Prodigy
Michael Musto Gives His Thoughts On Self-Hating Gay Republicans - Village Voice
Love & Hip Hop's Joseline Hernandez Says Her Cat Trap Is Lined With Gold Trimming - Examiner
New Film On NYC Go Go Dancers The Go Doc Project Needs Your Financial Support - Kickstarter
When he's not busy getting into beefs with the likes of Pauly D, David Guetta, Skrillex and Madonna, Canadian DJ Deadmau5 does take the time out to release some new music. Deadmau5 will release his new album > album title goes here < will be out on September 25.
Check out the Mad Max-meets the UFC with a dash of Real Steel video, which also features an appearance by guest vocalist Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) below...
I don't mean to sound mean, but I really don't understand why will.i.am is trying to make the solo thing happen for himself. Sure he has some catchy songs with the Peas, but I personally think he works best as a producer and DJ at small dance clubs than someone who wants to forge a solo career. He tried it and failed with Go Hard feat. Jennifer Lopez. Then he tried and failed again with Eva Simons on This Is Love.
Now will.i.am has tried it again with another cricket Nicole Shitsonanigger aka Nicci Sundae to try and edge up the music video for his song Hula Hoop music video. He's already been working forever on it, and I've heard him say that #willpower is his artistic album. But every female that appears on his singles end up sounding like a poor man's Fergie. We shall see if he's interesting enough alone to pull some big sales numbers. But personally, someone needs to stick a fork in him because as a solo star he is done!
Robin Thicke, who has clearly become the hottest blue-eyed soul singers in a long time has decided to put the baby making music on the backburner and has gone disco on his next album. I'm not talking about the white, frat boy disco currently polluting the airwaves with their harsh beats and uninspired nursery rhyme lyrics. I'm talking about the soulful sounds of the 70's created by the blacks and gays that still to this day do not get the credit they deserve for giving us some of the best dance music in a long time.
Mr. Thicke is currently in the studio working on his“black disco” project with Niles “Cyrano” Hollowell-Dhar, who is one half of the broken up producing/writing duo The Cataracs (Far East Movement, Dev, 50 Cent). “Robin doesn’t want to do anything that sounds too contemporary,” he told Rap-Up.com. “He wants to make a black disco album. Everyone has a different interpretation of what [black disco] means,” said Niles, who cut three records with Thicke. “For me, I went back and listened to Marvin Gaye and the Bee Gees and got inspired. I put my own twist on it. It’s sounding great.”
In addition to collaborating with Dhar on three songs, Robin is also working on tracks with Pharrell and will.i.am. Now all we need for him to do is give disco legend Nile Rodgers a call and his album will most definitely be complete. I have to say I'm glad Robin plans to inject some soul into dance music, because it's something that has been missing from the genre for a long time. Not every dance beat has to be about fist pumping and popping bottles in the club while you drop it low on the dance floor.
Dawn Richard unleashes the fashion beast as a warrior goddess in her new video which combines songs Faith and Wild N' Young to give us the high fashion fabulosity that is Wild N' Faith. The third and final single release is available on her EP Armor On, which went straight to #1 on iTunes.
Dawn will release her first solo studio album Goldenheart on October 16th. Check out the video, which was directed by Eugene Lee Yang below...
I've been living nostalgic through No Doubt's first single Settle Down, which took me back to their early Ska Tragic Kingdom days. Today one of my favorite bands growing up have unleashed a new single called Push & Shove, which is also the title track off their first album of new material in 11 years.
Based on the first two songs I've heard off the album, I'm guessing this album will have a huge Reggae influence, and while I loved the first single, I wish Push & Shove was the first single.
Check out the Diplo-produced single below, which they premiered on Ryan Seacrest's morning show.
Just about every gay boy's favorite underwear designer Andrew Christian has quenched our thirst once again with another hot video featuring some pretty sexy guys in his signature undies. The video features some hotties, including Lady Gaga back-up dancer Michael Silas being led around on a leash and a few other models strutting and grinding their hips in some pretty revealing jock straps and getting in a little S&M action.
Break out the Chinese fan and check out the Lights Out video below...
After the unfortunate drama that came about yesterday when a TV station in Utah banned Ryan Murphy's new gay series The New Normal before it's September 11th premiere, NBC has opted to give curious fans a sneak peek at the full first episode. Justin Bartha (The Hangover) and Andrew Rannells (Book of Mormon, Girls) star as a gay couple trying to have a child through a surrogate. Ellen Barkin and NeNe Leakes also star.
I thought the show had some pretty funny moments (Ellen Barkin's character is my favorite), and has the potential to last as long a Ryan's other series Glee, but check out the show below and see if you think KSL-TV is justified in their banning of a show they most likely haven't seen.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
He tells the Associated Press:
"People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they’re different."
"When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that," said Snoop referring to Ocean's letter revealing he'd been in love with a man. "There would be so much scrutiny and hate and negativity, and no one would step (forward) to support you because that’s what we were brainwashed and trained to know."
Snoop also believes that hip hop may already have a successful gay rapper currently on the charts. He's just not out: "There might be some openly gay rappers in hip-hop that's having success — for real. You never know. There might be some(one) right now that hasn't pulled a Frank Ocean yet, that hasn't jumped out of the closet to the living room to make that announcement."
There are so many rappers in Out Hip Hop that I know, such as Loco Ninja, Swaggjesty, Splash T, Foxxjazell, Kin4Life, and too many to mention that have the skills to pay the bills. They just need a label push that can help them play with the big boys like Jay Z, 50 Cent and Eminem. Once OHH rappers can find that same balance where their skills speak for itself and they are not defined by their sexuality, then out rappers can reap the same success as their straight (or closeted) peers. I have a dream that one day artists will just be able to be themselves and not defined by how different they are. I feel that day is coming soon. The question is who will become the gay equivalent of someone like an Eminem (who is the first solo white rapper to get people to look past his whiteness and respect him as an MC who truly loves and respects hip hop).
The unreleased track is available on the new 32-track compilation album Come And Get It: The Rare Pearls, which is in stores today. Take a listen below...
- 5 Deadly Venoms
- Another Gay Movie
- Blade Runner
- Boy Culture
- Brokeback Mountain
- Die Hard
- Eating Out
- Enter the Dragon
- First Blood
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- Kill Bill
- Mysterious Skin
- Night of the Living Dead
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Spider Man 2
- The Bourne Trilogy
- The Circuit
- The Crazies (2009)
- The Dark Knight
- The Empire Strikes Back
- The Fluffer
- The Goonies
- The Lost Boys
- The Matrix
- The Monster Squad
- The Road
- The Road Warrior
- The Terminator
- True Lies