It’s been eight years since Christina Milian released her last album, but the singer-actress is finally ready to return to music. Rap-Up TV caught up with the multi-tasking mama in L.A. while she was promoting her partnership with Kimberly-Clark and TheFunSong.com.
In between raising her daughter Violet and her gigs on “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Voice,” the 32-year-old has been in the studio with Polow Da Don, Kalenna, She’kspere, and Detail recording her Young Money debut, which will have a club feel. She also hopes to recruit her YMCMB family including Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga.
Meanwhile, she has teamed up with the boss man, Lil Wayne, for his final album Tha Carter V. The two recently logged some late-night sessions with producer Mannie Fresh.
“From what I’ve heard, he’s gonna have a killer album,” said Christina. “I’m excited about the next one.”
She also plans to shoot a video for “Video Model,” her collaboration with Wayne off the Young Money compilation Rise of an Empire.
In addition to music, Christina has been taping a docu-series for E! starring her mother, sisters, daughter, and fiancé Jas Prince, which is slated to premiere this fall.
There were lots of stars and slime at the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday. Hosted by Mark Wahlberg, the 27th annual event brought out Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, and LL Cool J, who helped honor kids’ favorites in film, music, sports, and television at the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles.
Ariana Grande matched her orange Aiisha Ramadan dress to the orange carpet, toting a Chanel purse adorned with stickers of Nickelodeon cartoon characters including “The Rugrats” and “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.” The “Sam & Cat” star also picked up the orange blimp for Favorite TV Actress.
Pharrell sported some gear from his new adidas collection as he arrived with his wife Helen Lasichanh. He made a cameo in the opening performance of “Happy” and later changed into a yellow “SpongeBob SquarePants” onesie before being doused with green slime.
It was also a family affair for Christina Milian, who brought her daughter Violet, and LL Cool J, who was joined by his daughter Nina.
Aloe Blacc entertained the young crowd with a medley of his Lift Your Spirit hits “Wake Me Up” and “The Man.”
Others winners included Justin Timberlake for Favorite Male Singer and Selena Gomez for Favorite Female Singer.
Christina Milian dipped it low on the dance floor while making her debut on Season 17 of “Dancing With the Stars.” With her idol Jennifer Lopez looking on, she and her partner Mark Ballas performed a contemporary dance. Carrie Ann Inaba called her a “gorgeous dancer,” while Bruno Tonioli called it “introverted.” They received a score of 22/30 from the judges.
Despite her musical background, Milian was nervous about dancing. “I think people are gonna have higher expectations of me as a performer, but I’ve never danced with a partner before,” she said.
Once it was over, she felt happy with her performance. “Thank you to my partner @MarkBallas tonight was a really special performance,” she said. “And to all the supporters who watched, I love you! Man it was a long day today but by the time I performed I felt completely confident.”
Milian is also in the studio working on her fourth album for release on Young Money.
Stafford Brothers party with Lil Wayne, Christina Milian, and a kangaroo in the video for their dance-floor anthem “Hello.” The “Dip It Low” singer slides through the Australian duo’s house party, where she meets one of the brothers. After flirting with him, she sees him making out with another girl, but what if she never said hello?
Set the weekend off right with the Cash Money crew.
Rich Gang hits the jackpot in the video for “Tapout” featuring Lil Wayne, Future, Birdman, Mack Maine, and Nicki Minaj. The Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip was shot in Beverly Hills and Miami in March. Paris Hilton and Christina Milian play undercover waitresses, who go on a heist at a lavish mansion party.
After spiking a man’s drink, the ladies crack open the vault and find diamonds, gold, and cash. Christina is eventually caught, while Paris gets away with the goods. Nicki Minaj puts her million-dollar assets on display in a skin-baring orange dress, while Kimora Lee Simmons, Bow Wow, and DJ Khaled make cameos.
The song can be found on the upcoming Rich Gang album, due June 25.
Young Money didn’t spare any expense while shooting the ritzy video for Rich Gang’s single “Tapout.” The YMCMB all-stars took over a Beverly Hills mansion in March, the same week Lil Wayne suffered his series of seizures.
The guest list included Birdman, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Bow Wow, DJ Khaled, Mack Maine, and Future, who sings the hook.
The Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip also includes cameos from “million-dollar” babes Kimora Lee Simmons, Paris Hilton, and Cash Money’s own Christina Milian.
The video will premiere Sunday, May 5, on MTV Jams, but you can check out some behind-the-scenes pics below courtesy of Derick G.
The stars came out to celebrate the opening of Topshop and Topman’s newest store at The Grove in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Chris Brown looked fresh as he posed in a heart hoodie and red Reebok Kamikaze IIs at the launch event at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood.
Fresh off DJing her sister Beyoncé’s documentary premiere in New York the night before, the stylish Solange entertained the star-studded crowd, which included Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Milian, will.i.am, Estelle, and Kim Kardashian.
See more pics from the British retailer’s Hollywood invasion.