Missy Elliott links up with her pals from across the pond, Little Mix, on their new single “How Ya Doin’?” The British girl group, who won the U.K.’s “X Factor” in 2011, rework De La Soul’s 1991 classic “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)” on the En Vogue-inspired jam.
“We honestly can’t believe Missy is on our song! She’s been one of our biggest idols forever—it’s incredible,” Little Mix member Jesy Nelson told The Mirror. “As soon as we thought there might be a chance she’d appear on the track, we did literally everything we could to make sure it happened.”
A video is also on the way. “Just watched the little mix video with missy Elliot. It is sensational,” tweeted Simon Cowell, who signed the foursome to his label Syco Records.
Now that they’ve conquered the U.K., the girls have set their sights on the U.S. The group’s debut DNA arrives stateside on May 28 featuring a collaboration with TLC’s T-Boz.
Timbaland celebrated his 41st birthday with some of his best friends. The super-producer dined at Memphis BBQ spot Southern Hospitality in New York City on Thursday night. The guest list for the black-tie bash included his wife Monique Idlett, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, and even Chelsea Clinton.
“Happy Birthday Bro we come from the Bottom together my Nig! *drakevoice* Love u may God Bless u 2 C many More Bdays!” tweeted Missy to her longtime collaborator.
Timbo is enjoying his resurgence with Justin Timberlake’s critically-acclaimed new album The 20/20 Experience, for which he produced all 10 tracks. He has also been in the studio with Chris Brown, working on his next album.
Ester Dean made us “Drop It Low,” and now she cranks up the volume with Missy Elliott on “How You Love It,” the first single off her upcoming Interscope debut Story Never Told. The singer-songwriter, who has penned hits for Rihanna and Katy Perry, challenges her man to make a move, while Missy delivers some wicked wordplay on the adrenaline-fueled club banger.
Ester, who was previously managed by Roc Nation, is also readying a mixtape for release this winter.
Timbaland reaches into his bag and pulls out a previously unreleased gem. The super-producer cranks up the volume on “The Party Anthem” featuring Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, and T-Pain. Keep your New Year’s celebration going with the latest from “Timbaland Thursdays.”
It was ladies’ night as BET aired its annual “Black Girls Rock!” celebration on Sunday. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the star-studded affair honored the achievements of women of color with heartfelt performances, tributes, and special awards. This year’s honorees included Dionne Warwick (Living Legend Award), Alicia Keys (Rock Star Award), and Janelle Monáe (Young, Gifted, & Black Award).
Ciara had the crowd on its feet with “Sorry” and the title track off her upcoming album One Woman Army, and was joined by Missy Elliott for “1, 2 Step.” Missy also delivered her new single “9th Inning.” Brandy soared with “Wildest Dreams,” and Keyshia Cole tore the house down with her new single “Trust and Believe” off her upcoming album Woman to Woman.
Alicia ignited the stage with “New Day” and her female anthem “Girl on Fire,” India.Arie performed “I Am Not My Hair” and her new single “6th Avenue,” and Luke James, Anthony Hamilton, and Eric Benét catered to the ladies with “Wildflower.” Even SWV returned to the stage to perform a medley of their ’90s classics.
On the 15th anniversary of her debut Supa Dupa Fly, Missy Elliott sat down with Fuse to reminisce about her groundbreaking album and the iconic video for “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly).”
“Everything about it. You hadn’t heard it before,” said Missy of the 1997 project, which took two weeks to record. “Even the rap flows was different. I think it was 10 years ahead, 15 years ahead [of its time].”
Looking back, she’s proud of her work. “I’m probably more in awe with it now than I was then.”
She dropped her two new singles “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat” last month, but she has yet to decide on a title for her seventh album. While she was choosing between Block Party and Class Dismissed, one fan suggested a third title, Class in Session.
“Somebody said Class Dismissed sounds like class is over. Class in Session sounds like you’re taking people to school. I gotta figure it out,” she said.
During a Ustream session, she revealed that she has a “fun, party record” featuring Lil’ Kim and Eve. When asked if the album will contain a 2012 version of “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix),” she responded, “Great possibility.”
It was ladies’ night as BET presented its annual “Black Girls Rock!” celebration at the Loews Paradise Theatre in New York City on Saturday. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the star-studded affair honored the achievements of women of color with heartfelt performances, tributes, and special awards. This year’s honorees included Dionne Warwick (Living Legend Award), Alicia Keys (Rock Star Award), and Janelle Monáe (Young, Gifted, & Black Award).
Ciara thrilled with some new moves and new material off her upcoming album One Woman Army, and was joined by Missy Elliott for “1, 2 Step.” Brandy delivered a knock-out performance of “Wildest Dreams,” and Keyshia Cole tore the house down with her new single “Trust and Believe” off her upcoming album Woman to Woman.
Alicia ignited the stage with her female anthem “Girl on Fire,” while Luke James, Anthony Hamilton, and Eric Benét serenaded the ladies with “Wildflower.”
“Black Girls Rock!” premieres Sunday, November 4, on BET.