Archive for 08.6.2010

Usher, Ciara, & Justin Bieber Take the Lead

Ciara and Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber gets all the girls. The teen sensation’s newest crush, Ciara, posed with him on the red carpet at the inaugural World Leadership Awards presented by Usher’s New Look Foundation in Atlanta on Friday (Aug. 6).

All three stars took the stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre to honor former President Bill Clinton with the Service Legacy Award. Ciara and Usher dueted on John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and Bieber was presented with the Global Youth Leadership Award.

“Tonight was sooo much fun performing,” tweeted Ciara. “Both Usher and Justin bieber rocked the show! Today was all about positive energy and love!”

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Nicki Minaj Dreams Up Supergroup

Nicki Minaj

If Nicki Minaj ever decided to form an all-female supergroup, you can bet there would be a line around the block for tickets. The Young Money rapper shared her zany picks for the leading ladies that would make up her fictional group.

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Kanye West Talks Album, Next Single, & Racism in First Ustream Session

Kanye West

Kanye West made his Ustream debut on Friday from Korea where he performed the night before. As the sun rose over the ocean, the dapper rapper answered fans’ questions before heading to the airport. Among the topics he touched on in his inaugural “‘Yestream” session…

•His fifth album will be dropping “sometime in November.”
•RZA, Pete Rock, Jeff Bhasker, and Q-Tip have all contributed to the album.
•He originally considered doing a 30-40 minute piece for the “POWER” video. He may do a lengthier version later on. “This is not the full re-creation ’cause I still might want to do that.”
•He was scared to release the “POWER” single because he thought it was too reminiscent of “Jesus Walks” and “Amazing,” but decided he needed to start embracing his past.
Avatar and the late designer Alexander McQueen’s last collection inspired him. “Hopefully this album that I’m doing right now—if not this album then the next album—will be that master work.”
•His next single will drop in about 20 days. It’s either going to be “Lost in the World” or “All of the Lights.” He plays some of the latter at the 14:31 mark.
•He learned to be more particular about his videos after being unsatisfied with “All Falls Down.”
•His favorite music video that he’s done is “Flashing Lights.”
•Kanye responds to someone in the chat who called him a racist. “I actually don’t know a rapper before me that liked white people more than me, in all honesty. I don’t know a rapper that wore tighter jeans. I don’t know a rapper that collaborated with more white people. … In no way am I a racist.”

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New Music: Teairra Mari x DJ Drama – ‘Point of No Return’ [Mixtape]

Point of No Return

Teairra Mari links up with DJ Drama for her 14-track mixtape Point of No Return. The R&B hottie flips Kanye West’s “POWER” into a girl power anthem and dedicates a song to her hometown of Detroit over Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down” beat. She also tries her hand at hits by Drake, Usher, and Young Jeezy, and throws in a few previously leaked original tracks such as “Body,” “Coins,” and “Holla.”

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Rihanna Clowns Around in Toronto

Rihanna

The circus came to Toronto on Thursday (Aug. 5). While in Drake’s hometown for a stop on her “Last Girl on Earth” tour, Rihanna was approached by young fans dressed as clowns. She happily took photos with her admirers and signed autographs upon departing her hotel.

Ne-Yo and Ester Dean have been in the studio this week working on material for the red-haired star’s new album. They join the growing list of contributors including Alex Da Kid, David Guetta, Timbaland, Sean Garrett, and Rico Love.

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Cover + Tracklisting: Teairra Mari – ‘Sincerely Yours’ EP

Sincerely Yours

While Teairra Mari re-records her sophomore album, formerly titled At That Point, she’s offering her patient fans a 7-track digital EP. The sexy singer will release Sincerely Yours to iTunes on August 17 featuring the singles “Sponsor” and “Body.”

“The reason we decided to release an EP is because At That Point… Honey, I am past that point,” she told Rap-Up TV. “Most of the songs were getting leaked and it was just like, we have to go back to the drawing board for the album because I don’t want to put something out that everybody’s already heard. So I decided that I needed to give my fans something because they bang me upside the head like, ‘Hey, when’s the album coming out?’”

Peep the cover and check out the tracklisting below.

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Video: John Legend x The Roots on ‘GMA’

John Legend

John Legend uplifted Central Park with a soulful set on Friday’s “Good Morning America.” The Grammy winner, along with the “hardest working band” The Roots, performed material from their ’60s and ’70s covers album Wake Up! (Sept. 21). Watch them take on Baby Huey’s “Hard Times” and inspire with the original composition “Shine,” below.

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