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Dec
18
Album Cover: Tyga – ‘The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty’

The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty

All gold everything. A day after dropping his Fan of a Fan single with Chris Brown, Tyga has unveiled the artwork for his fourth LP The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty.

The cover, which is made of real gold, shows an Egyptian falcon with his wings spread. The design is the work of Kanye West and his creative team DONDA, who are also responsible for Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint cover.

Kanye serves as executive producer of The Gold Album. “He hears certain melodies that I wouldn’t hear or even think about adding,” Tyga told Nylon Guys. “He taught me that 808 drums and bass aren’t enough. You have to have that warmth.”

The follow-up to 2013′s Hotel California is due early next year via Tyga’s independent label Last Kings. It has spawned the singles “Make It Work” and the Kanye-produced “40 Mill.”

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Dec
18
Nicki Minaj Is Flawless in Roberto Cavalli Campaign

Nicki Minaj

Va va voom. Not only is she dazzling critics and fans alike with her new album The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj is also turning heads as the face of Roberto Cavalli’s Spring/Summer 2015 advertising campaign.

The “Bed of Lies” rapper rocks vibrant floral and animal prints in hues of orange, blue, yellow, and green in the gorgeous photos, shot by Francesco Carrozzini.

“I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman,” said Cavalli. “In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes. With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves, rather she make them as a strength.”

Nicki added, “I am so honored to be the face of the new #RobertoCavalliSS15 campaign.”

See more photos from the stunning shoot below.

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Dec
18
Drake Reps Raptors at ‘Drake Night’

Drake

Drake put on for the 6 while hosting the second-ever “Drake Night” at the Toronto Raptors’ game on Wednesday. The Canadian rapper, who is the team’s global ambassador, was courtside at the Air Canada Centre as his team took on the Brooklyn Nets.

Drizzy introduced the players including Terrence Ross and Amir Johnson and coach Dwane Casey with some hilarious jokes.

During halftime, Raptors’ DJ 4Korners took the court and spun a set full of OVO hits including “Trophies,” “Schemin’ Up,” and “The Motto.” They gave away an OVO varsity jacket and OVO Canada Goose vest to a couple lucky fans. Those in attendance took home a limited edition Raptors x OVO T-shirt.

“This is just another way for me to let the city know how much they mean to me and these guys are doing such an incredible job this year,” Drake told ESPN. “The unity, the sense of family, the energy coursing through the city, it’s given me a real purpose.”

He joked about Kevin Garnett (“He took the Z-Quil, he stayed home”) and Joe Johnson (“He’s got my haircut. He’s too old for that”), and played announcer as he described the action on the court. “I’m too biased to be an announcer,” he joked.

“Drake Night” was a success as the Raptors defeated the Nets with a score of 105-89.

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Dec
16
Tyga and Kylie Jenner Bring Christmas to Children’s Hospital

Kylie Jenner and Tyga

In the spirit of the holidays, Tyga gave back during his annual visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as part of L.A. Gear’s Teen Impact Holiday Party on Monday. The “Make It Work” rapper and rumored girlfriend Kylie Jenner put smiles on the faces of the young patients by giving out headphones and other toys for Christmas.

“It was great to come back to @childrensla to bring christmas to the kids,” tweeted Tyga. “Thank you to @lagear and @808audio and @idvproducts @djskee for helping me bring a smile to so many kids faces. It’s amazing! #Humbled.”

Just last month, he and Kylie visited the L.A. Mission and served meals to the homeless for Thanksgiving.

After his fallout with YMCMB, Tyga will release The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty independently early next year and join Chris Brown and Trey Songz on their “Between the Sheets Tour” starting January 28.

See more pics of Tyga doing good in his ‘hood.

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Dec
15
Jazmine Sullivan Readies ‘Reality Show’ for January

Reality Show

The wait is almost over. After disappearing from the music industry, Jazmine Sullivan is set to return with Reality Show, her first album in four years. The R&B songstress has announced a January 13, 2015 release date and unveiled the cover art for the follow-up to 2010′s Love Me Back.

Inspired by her love for reality shows, the 12 tracks showcase Jazmine’s powerful pipes over production from Salaam Remi, Key Wane, Chuck Harmony, Da Internz, and DJ Dahi. “I’m really proud of it. I worked harder on this album than any album,” she told Rap-Up TV. “I put a lot of pressure on myself ’cause I haven’t been out in so long.”

But don’t expect the sad songs of the past. “The songs are really colorful, just about life in general and reality from my eyes.”

Reality Show includes the Meek Mill-assisted “Dumb,” the soulful “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Mascara.”

See the tracklisting below and pre-order it on iTunes.

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Dec
15
Ne-Yo Reveals ‘Non-Fiction’ Cover, Tracklisting

Non-Fiction

On January 27, Ne-Yo gets real with his sixth album Non-Fiction. The R&B gentleman has revealed the cover and tracklisting via iTunes.

The deluxe edition boasts 21 tracks, with appearances from ScHoolboy Q, T.I., Jeezy, and Juicy J, plus production from Shae Taylor, Stargate, Key Wayne, and Glass John. His latest collaboration with Pitbull, “Time of Our Lives,” is also included.

“I didn’t just want to tell my story. I like letting people try to guess which is which!” said Ne-Yo of the follow-up to 2012′s R.E.D. “I’m a storyteller: with this album, I wanted to put a magnifying glass on that. I wanted Non-Fiction to feel cinematic: each track gives listeners something entertaining, yet if they take their time with it, they’ll discover different dimensions and subplots.”

See the tracklisting below.

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Dec
13
Taylor Swift Celebrates 25th Birthday with Beyoncé, Jay Z, & Justin Timberlake

Haim, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, and Sam Smith

Taylor Swift celebrated her 25th birthday with a few famous friends. The pop superstar was joined by Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Justin Timberlake at her birthday bash at her apartment in New York on Friday night. They huddled up for a group photo with Sam Smith and sisters of the band HAIM, while Timberlake wore a hat resembling the poop emoji.

“So this is being 25….. #WHAT #bestbirthdayEVER,” said Taylor.

Other guests included Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen, Charli XCX, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Iggy Azalea.

“happy birthday Taylor swift plaid is for YOU!” said the “Fancy” rapper.

According to E! Online, Timberlake was seen arriving with a David Bowie album, while Beyoncé and Jay Z left the party around 4:50 a.m.

See more pics from the festivities below.

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