Nicole Scherzinger

Nov
13
Video: Nicole Scherzinger – ‘Run’

Nicole Scherzinger

With her sophomore album Big Fat Lie now available overseas, Nicole Scherzinger strips down in the vulnerable video for her third single “Run.” The heartbroken singer gets emotional as she lies on the cold floors of an empty mansion with tears in her eyes.

She was brought to tears while recording the raw ballad. “The song is deeply personal to me and it does show another side to me, a vulnerable side that people don’t normally get to see, a more raw side, an authentic side,” Nicole told Rap-Up TV.

Big Fat Lie is scheduled to hit U.S. shores in early 2015 featuring at least one collaboration with T.I. and production from Tricky Stewart and The-Dream.

Starting next month, Nicole can be seen in the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats.

Read the rest of this entry »

Oct
22
Sam Smith Wins Big at MOBO Awards; Jeremih, Jessie J, & Kid Ink Perform

Sam Smith

Sam Smith continued his breakthrough year at the 2014 MOBO Awards. The British sensation picked up four awards including Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Male Act, and Best Song for “Stay With Me” at the 19th annual ceremony at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on Wednesday.

Eve presented the Best Album to Smith for his critically-acclaimed debut In the Lonely Hour. “I just want to thank ever single person who wrote on my record with me and was my personal therapist for a good year,” said Smith, who dedicated the award to his parents.

Nicole Scherzinger served up her single “On the Rocks” off her album Big Fat Lie, which was released in the U.K. earlier in the week. Jessie J was joined by special guest Kid Ink on “Burnin’ Up,” and Jeremih had the crowd moving along to his top 10 hit “Don’t Tell ‘Em.”

K. Michelle turned heads on the red carpet in a bootylicious black dress, Eve arrived with her husband Maximillion Cooper, and Kid Ink brought his own hot date.

Other MOBO winners included Beyoncé for Best International Act and Jessie J for Best Female Act.

Check out more photos and performances below.

Read the rest of this entry »

Oct
16
New Music: Nicole Scherzinger f/ T.I. – ‘Electric Blue’

Nicole Scherzinger and T.I.

Seven years after their last collaboration “Whatever U Like,” Nicole Scherzinger reunites with T.I. on “Electric Blue.” The leader of the Pussycat Dolls evokes ’90s Janet Jackson on the slinky track, which features vocals from The-Dream.

“T.I.’s throwing down on the album, OG style,” Nicole told Rap-Up TV.

Tip is the only featured guest on her album Big Fat Lie, which hits the U.K. on October 20. Nicole has also recorded another collaboration with the Hustle Gang chief, which may appear on the U.S. version of her album.

Rock steady to their new jam and stream snippets of the entire album here.

Read the rest of this entry »

Oct
15
New Music: Nicole Scherzinger – ‘Big Fat Lie’ [Album Snippets]

Big Fat Lie

On October 20, Nicole Scherzinger will release her second solo album Big Fat Lie in the U.K. Thanks to YouTube, you can stream snippets of the 11 tracks including the upbeat single “Your Love,” breakup anthem “On the Rocks,” vulnerable ballad “Run,” and the T.I.-assisted “Electric Blue.”

The former Pussycat Doll worked mainly with executive producers The-Dream and Tricky Stewart on the follow-up to her 2011 debut Killer Love.

“I’m so damn passionate about it and I worked so hard, so it would mean a lot for people to see the heart and the soul that I put into my music,” she told Rap-Up TV.

The album doesn’t arrive until 2015 in the U.S. The 36-year-old singer will also star in the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats in December.

Preview Nicole’s latest work below.

Read the rest of this entry »

Oct
9
Rap-Up TV: Nicole Scherzinger Gets Personal on ‘Big Fat Lie’

Nicole Scherzinger has found success overseas with her 2011 album Killer Love, but she has yet to conquer the U.S. In early 2015, the former Pussycat Doll will release her solo debut Big Fat Lie stateside via Epic Records. During a quick promo run in Los Angeles, Nicole caught up with Rap-Up TV to discuss her new sound and emotional journey.

“I’ve been waiting a minute, a strong minute to come out with an album finally here in the U.S.,” said the 36-year-old singer, who will star in the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. “I think it was important for me to come out with something that’s really authentic to who I am as an artist.”

She was brought to tears while recording the first single, the raw and vulnerable ballad “Run.” “The song is deeply personal to me and it does show another side to me, a vulnerable side that people don’t normally get to see, a more raw side, an authentic side,” said Nicole.

She credits executive producers Tricky Stewart and The-Dream for helping her find her voice. “I realized when I opened up about some of the struggles, I was able to be a voice and help other people to have the courage to fight back whatever they were going through.”

The title Big Fat Lie has multiple meanings. “First of all, there a lot of misconceptions about me out there. For other people, things aren’t always what they appear to be,” she said. “Another reason is the big fat lies I think we tell ourselves sometimes. Everybody’s got something they’re dealing with. And I know I have my fair share and lot of people don’t feel like they can relate to me, but they don’t realize I can actually relate to them.”

She hopes the album will be well received in the U.S. “I’m so damn passionate about it and I worked so hard, so it would mean a lot for people to see the heart and the soul that I put into my music,” said an emotional Nicole. “It would mean a lot to really hit back home and have everybody feel and connect and love the album and the music.”

Look out for Part 2 of our exclusive interview next week.

Oct
1
Nicole Scherzinger Performs ‘Run’ on ‘Access Hollywood Live’

Nicole Scherzinger

After launching her new single “Run” in the U.S., Nicole Scherzinger hit the ground running. The former Pussycat Doll kicked off her promo with a visit to “Access Hollywood Live,” where she performed the raw and vulnerable ballad for the first time.

Nicole will release her album Big Fat Lie in the U.K. on October 20 and is planning an early 2015 U.S. release. She worked mainly with Tricky Stewart and The-Dream on the “R&B-pop” record.

“It’s very soulful and it’s very personal to me,” said Nicole of the follow-up to her 2011 debut Killer Love. “I’ve learned so much and grown so much the past several years. I finally am confident enough in my skin to talk about things that us women don’t talk about.”

The former Pussycat Doll will also star in the West End production of Cats this December.

Read the rest of this entry »

Sep
30
New Music: Nicole Scherzinger – ‘Run’

Nicole Scherzinger

After releasing two singles overseas, Nicole Scherzinger launches her first U.S. single “Run,” produced by Felix Snow. The former Pussycat Doll pours her heart out on the raw and vulnerable piano ballad, on which she gives advice to the next girl.

“Don’t let him lead you to the dark / Don’t tell him all your secrets / He’ll leave you with a broken heart,” sings Nicole.

Her second solo album Big Fat Lie, executive produced by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, arrives October 20 in the U.K. featuring “Your Love,” “On the Rocks,” and the T.I.-assisted “Electric Blue.” The album is slated for an early 2015 release in the U.S. on Epic Records.

“I’ve battled a lot of issues and demons, as we all do growing up,” said Nicole. “But I finally feel confident in my own skin, and so I’m open enough to talk about love, insecurities, relationships, my sensual side. I’ve found my own musical soundtrack to my soul.”

Read the rest of this entry »