After receiving criticism and even threats from a group of hackers, Iggy Azalea has responded to her fellow rappers’ comments about her place in hip-hop. And she’s got the support of a few other artists to back her up.
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A lot has been made of the Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga chart face-off this fall, but music fans shouldn’t count out OG pop queen Britney Spears in that fight. Spears dropped her new single “Work Bitch” on Sunday, a day earlier than planned, after a low-quality version of the song leaked online.
The will.i.am-produced song — which clocks in at a robust (for Britney) four-plus minutes — is tailor-made for the dance floor. Spears lets listeners know that, whatever they want in life, whether it be a Bugatti, a Maserati, or a hot body: “You better work, bitch.”
Listen to the full track below:
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Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams wants a judge to rule that a trademark for his “I am OTHER” company is not infringing on Will.i.am’s “I AM” trademark.
Pharrell filed legal papers Monday in federal court in Manhattan. He’s seeking a declaratory judgment of non-infringement.
The two artists have been in dispute for the past several months over the issue.
A lawyer for Will.i.am declined to comment.
Will.i.am has owned the “I AM” trademark since 2001. He filed objections in March and May against Pharrell Williams’ company, i am OTHER, that launched in 2010.
Will.i.am uses “I AM” for his businesses, including his charity foundation I AM ANGEL.
Pharrell’s i am OTHER produces the hit web series “Awkward Black Girl” and other web series.
Yesterday, Britney Spears formally unveiled her new single “Ooh La La,” from the soundtrack to the movie The Smurfs 2 (which is a thing that is happening, for some reason).
She pulled back the curtain on the extra-Smurfy pop track on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, and that also gave her the opportunity to reveal some details about her current music project.
Her exit from The X-Factor has allowed her to focus on a new album, her eighth. She told Seacrest she hoped to have the new collection out by the end of the year, and that her collaborators include Will.i.am and former Madonna lean-to William Orbit.
“I want to definitely take this album and have a new approach with it and make it a little different than anything I’ve ever done,” she told Seacrest. “Will has a lot of really interesting different tracks that I’ve listened to that are really cool that I haven’t actually written on yet, but there’s a lot of guitar and I think people will be surprised with this album. It’s gong to be really different.”
Listen to “Ooh La La” below: READ FULL STORY
The newest album from Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am isn’t slated to drop until next Tuesday, but like Justin Timberlake, David Bowie and Depeche Mode before him, it looks like he just couldn’t wait: #willpower is now streaming in its entirety on YouTube and Vevo.
The official version of the pre-hashtagged album — will.i.am’s fourth as a solo artist — features fifteen songs, with guests ranging from Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and, of course, Britney Spears on “Scream & Shout.” His Miley Cyrus collaboration “Fall Down,” however, isn’t included in the pack; that song can be consumed on iTunes.
Yet the version currently streaming is actually the deluxe edition of #willpower, with three extra tracks to offer. Among the bonus material: will.i.am’s Martian stunt song “Reach for the Stars,” some snoozer called “Smile Mona Lisa,” and his Cher-referencing Great Gatsby soundtrack contribution “Bang Bang.”
Want to give #willpower a shot? You can hear the whole thing below, where it’ll be streaming until the album’s April 23 release. Or, if you’d prefer not to, perhaps this stream of Phoenix’s new album will suit you better.
It’s Britney, b****.
Don’t blame me for the very 2007 intro. Britney herself once again gives us her “Gimme More” greeting identifier/ declaration in the video for “Scream & Shout,” a new will.i.am song featuring Ms. Spears.
Britney is rocking some very “Stronger”-esque outfits (and hair!) in the vid for this club thumper, but alas, Spears’ dancing is subbed out for some angry stomping.
Will.i.am, for his part, does his best to get it started with a KING crown and plenty of technological devises, before performing some futuristic slow-mo running and watching approvingly as the back-up dancers party on.
Check it ouw-eh-oh-eh-oh-eh-owt below! (Warning: Mature): READ FULL STORY
Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has just released the lyric video for her first single, “In My City.”
The song, off her upcoming debut album, represents Ms. Chopra’s first foray into music. She began her career as a model, winning the prestigious Miss World title in 2000. She then transitioned to acting, working steadily in Bollywood for several years before achieving critical success with 2008’s Fashion, which earned her a National Film Award for Best Actress in India. In 2011, she landed a record deal with Universal and started working with such hitmakers as Jay Sean and producer RedOne on her first album.
The single, which features a guest spot from Will.i.am, debuted earlier in September on the NFL’s Thursday Night Football and will serve as the official intro song for this season’s pregame show. Watch the video after the jump, and sound off in the comments.
U.K. singer and near-miss-U.S. X Factor judge Cheryl Cole revealed Tuesday in an interview with London’s Daily Star that she has no plans to break into the U.S. pop music scene, crushing the dreams of her Stateside “soldiers” (you can’t be a pop star in 2012 without naming your fan base).
Cole is a star to millions outside the U.S. who know her as a member of Girls Aloud, a U.K. girl group formed through the reality show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. Here, she’s mostly known for being unceremoniously booted from the American version of The X Factor and replaced by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger only weeks before the show’s debut. Little reason was given for cutting Cole, who was a judge on the original U.K. edition of the show and had already taped initial audition rounds in the U.S. — other than the fact that Cowell said she looked “uncomfortable” on the panel.
Since then, Cole has been working on her her third studio album, A Million Lights, due June 18 in her home country. This week, she also announced a string of fall tour dates to support the album, but not a single one finds Cole crossing the pond to promote the album here.
It’s a shame, really. If Rihanna can find success with “We Found Love,” Cole’s new single certainly has it what it takes. “Call My Name,” also produced by Calvin Harris, is loaded with hypnotic synths and a humming, subwoofer-rattling bass line. More importantly, its video features a kick-ass dance routine that involves the kind of booty shaking, crotch grabbing, and hard-to-follow footwork that Stateside pop stars’ hits are habitually made of: READ FULL STORY
'T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)' video from Will.i.am, Jennifer Lopez, and Mick Jagger has arrived. So what's the most ridiculous part?
There is nothing more I could say here to entice you to watch the just-released video for “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever),” the Will.i.am track featuring Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez that they (minus a video’d-in Jagger) previously performed on the American Music Awards.
Much like Stefon regularly says on SNL, this video has everything: psychedelic color wars, motorcycle stunts, and instantly appearing screens of Lopez having a pose-off with herself.
I think the fairest thing to say is it’s exactly what you were probably expecting — if what you were expecting was a 2 Fast 2 Furious outtake crossed with E.T. (the movie, not the Katy Perry song, although, honestly, that works too) that at some point around minute 2 turns into a video game portal into the next galaxy — with a shimmying, rocking Mick Jagger to guide the way.
I hope you don’t get motion sickness, because there is definitely an abundance of what appears to be strobe-light-lite once this video begins to defy gravity: READ FULL STORY
There has been quite a bit of internet talk over the past few days about the future of the Black Eyed Peas. Fergie will possibly be exiting the group to focus on family, and a few sources have whispered that R&B diva Ashanti would be taking her place as the resident lady Pea in the group.
However, a rep for the Black Eyed Peas tells EW that those rumors are categorically untrue. That’s a bummer for Ashanti, since those salad days of cooing over Ja Rule tracks are well behind her.
As for the Black Eyed Peas, their future is uncertain. It’s easy to forget that the group started out as a backpacker hip-hop trio that produced two relatively well-received albums (1998’s Behind the Front and 2000’s Bridging the Gap). However, those albums weren’t the commercial powerhouses that subsequent releases were once Fergie joined the fold for 2003’s Elephunk, which began the run of über-ubiquitous hit singles that continues through today.
So it’s probably in their best interest to have a little estrogen in the group, but with Fergie taking time off and Ashanti apparently not in the running, who could take on that all-important role? Here’s a quartet of wildly speculative ideas. READ FULL STORY
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