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Don’t Think You’re Irreplaceable! 10 Up-&-Coming Celebs Giving Established Stars A Run For Their Money
“Replacing you is so easy!” It’s a line from Beyonce’s hit song Irreplaceable that applies to even the most established stars. There will always be someone to take your crown, fill your shoes, and have you exiting “to the left, to the left.”
Take The View for example: It’s the fourth-longest day time talk show in history. Though it was once the best of its kind, backstage politics are causing the top-rated talk show to slip right down the totem pole. Unfortunately for The View, there’s another all-female talk show that’s right on its heels…
Let’s take a look at the up-and-coming celebrities that are giving established stars a good run for their money, shall we?
Since her start with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has amassed a legion of fans who cheer her on at every move. She’s also inspired a lot of people to channel their inner Sasha Fierce and impersonate the “Bootylicious” singer. Here are some of the best and funniest Beyonce impersonations.
Maya Rudolph Talks About Elevator Beat Down
When the public got its hands on the now infamous video of Solange physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator while her big sister Beyonce silently watched, we all knew an “SNL” parody was right around the corner. Show regulars Sasheer Zemanta and Jay Pharoahe played the younger sister and the Brooklyn rapper respectively but when Maya Rudolph walked on as the R&B diva, she stole the show.
Sometimes it’s over just as quickly as it starts – it being these ridiculously short celebrity romances you might’ve missed if you blinked an eye.
Jennifer Lopez and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
When Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony tied the knot back in 2004, it seemed like a match made in heaven so fans were understandably shocked when they announced their split in 2011. J. Lo moved on to back-up dancer Cris Smart and they remained a couple until early June of 2014. While hot on the promo trail to get the word out about her upcoming album, Lopez started making different headlines. Reports leaked that Lopez had hooked up with “Dancing with the Stars” dancer and recent mirror ball champ Maksim Chmerkovskiy. But as quickly as it started, things have seemed to fizzle out. Reportedly, Chmerkovskiy was turned off by the media attention Lopez garnered and was looking for something a little more low-key.
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It’s that time of year again — when we shout angrily at the TV when our favorite nominees lose and figuratively throw tomatoes at the host’s awful jokes. Yep, that’s right, it’s the 2014 Billboard Music Awards! Who will sweep the all the trophies? Who will be presenting? Will Pharrell wear that dang hat again? Our answers will be answered on Sunday night. Until then, let’s take a look at the BMAs by the numbers, shall we?
What makes the BMAs unique from other award shows is that there’s no mysterious, secret panel of industry “experts” (ahem, Grammys) that choose the winners. The BMAs look at airplay, sales, and downloads via Nielsen data which makes them slightly less biased. Slightly. So the top nominees are guaranteed to be popular artists that polluted the airwaves and made a mint off digital and record sales.
That being said, here are this year’s nominees for “Top Artist”: Miley Cyrus (I know, I know), Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars, and Katy Perry.
Miley Cyrus, in terms of album sales, hasn’t exactly done her best. Bangerz made $4.5 million and falls flat compared to her first two albums (Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout), but Bangerz did way better than her last album, Can’t Be Tamed ($1.6 million). The tongue-wagging twerker surely can’t be tamed as her erotic Bangerz Tour has reeled in a sweet $6.9 million, her best tour yet! The pop princess has proven to be versatile as she crossed over to hip-hop (against many of our wishes) and turned singles into gold (Will.i.am’s Feelin’ Myself and Mike Will’s 23). And as much as we hate to admit it, Wrecking Ball and Can’t Stop are catchy.
But the question still remains – does she deserve to win as the BMA’s Top Artist?
Justin Timberlake had the best selling album and top selling digital record of 2013 thanks to 20/20 — 2.43 million units sold. After a seven-year hiatus, Timberlake came back and permeated the airwaves with hot singles such as Suit & Tie, Mirrors, and TKO. Not to mention Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience Tour grossed $200 million so far, Billboard said. I don’t know about you, but looking at the rest of the nominees, I’m rooting for JT — he’s got 11 nominations.
Who are the Imagine Dragons anyway? They’re a four-man rock band with a record-breaking song called Radioactive. They also killed it at the Grammys with Kendrick Lamar, which you probably remember if you watched. (There was lots of colored powder involved.) It shattered Billboard’s 55-year chart longevity record as they endured atop the Hot 100 for 87 weeks — they knocked AWOLNATION’s Sail (79 weeks) right off the throne.
“It’s unbelievable,” lead singer Dan Reynolds told Billboard, “. . .we could never have expected to see one of our songs have legs like this.” Their album sales for Night Vision, though, flopped with $2.1 million in U.S.sales. Imagine Dragons (along with Lorde) lead the pack with a whopping 12 BMA nominations! I’ve got a feeling this unassuming rock group may take the win.
Bruno Mars melted hearts this year as he slayed the Super Bowl halftime show and said that he wanted to Marry You. Billboard named him “Artist of the Year” in 2013 and his three singles, Locked out of Heaven, Treasure, and When I Was Your Man “landed in the top 10 of the Hot 100 in 2013,” Yahoo said. The Hawaiian-born firecracker is also nominated for “Top Male Artist” and “Top Radio Songs Artist.”
As for Katy Perry, people really love Dark Horse. She rode that baby for 46 weeks at No.1 for Billboard’s Pop Song Radio Airplay chart — that’s more than any other artist in its 21-year history. She surpassed Mariah Carey who has a record of 45 weeks. Katy Perry’s fourth album, Prism, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and sold more than 286,000 copies the first week. This is the “largest debut week for a female artist’s album since Madonna’s ‘MDNA’ in April 2012,” Yahoo wrote.
She currently has 10 nominations under her belt (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis follow with eight nominations). Think Ms. Perry has a chance? Tune on on Sunday, May 18th, at 8PM ET on ABC.
Performers include Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Jason Derulo, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ricky Martin, Lorde, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, OneRepublic, and many more.
As a music fan and particularly a Michael Jackson fan, I’m always very leery about people releasing music posthumously. If you know anything about Michael Jackson’s professional work ethic, you know he was a perfectionist. He’s spoken frequently about the importance of rehearsing and taking the time to make sure the final product is something the fans can appreciate and respect. With that in mind, when I heard that they were releasing an album, I was worried. And my fears only worsened when I saw the cover art for the album.
Seeing that cover art made me want to have absolutely nothing to do with the project.
But then I saw Usher dance to “Love Never Felt So Good” on the iHeart Radio Awards and I was convinced that maybe this wasn’t going to be so bad after all. The song made me, as it says, feel good.
“Love Never Felt So Good” was written by Michael Jackson and Canadian songwriter Paul Anka. It was actually recorded as a demo in 1983. Producers Timbaland, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, John McClain, Dutch producer Giorgio Tuinfort and Justin Timberlake reworked the single for this year’s release. Timbaland included a sample of percussion from Michael’s “Workin’ Day and Night” as well as breaths from the song. And the finished product sounds like it would have fit right nicely on the Off The Wall album.
There are several versions. The original, the album version, the one featuring Justin Timberlake and the Fedde Le Grand Remix.
It all sounds great. And today, they unveiled the visuals for the Justin Timberlake version. The video, which is very well done, serves as a tribute to Michael with scenes from his iconic videos, people, from all walks of life, lip synching his songs and performing his choreography. (Watch for the little boy with the red hair, he’s my favorite.)
Like I said, I had my reservations and I was thoroughly impressed so I know it’s good. Get into the video and tell us what you think. Did they honor Michael properly in this video?
What’s better than a musical powerhouse taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans? Two musical powerhouses taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans. It is all too rare an occurrence that singers join forces for an epic concert experience for the fans that adore them. But the union of Mr. and Mrs. Carter “On the Run” together has given us renewed hope that there are years of superstar-duo tours in our future. Here are the musical duets we would love to see.
Some celebrity endorsements fit like two peas in a pod. Serena Williams and Gatorade? That was perfect! Venus Williams for Tide Sport? Great! But Kim Kardashian for Sketchers? No way! You mean to tell me that Kim K would put down her precious Yeezy’s for a pair of Sketchers – Sketchers?! Don’t insult our intelligence. We all know she wouldn’t be caught dead wearing lower-end sneakers. That’s for the po’ folks.
It doesn’t stop there!
There are a slew of celebrity endorsements that have us asking, “Who are y’all trying to fool?” Let’s take a look, shall we?
Justin Timberlake has turned into Inspector Gadget for his next music video!
Today, Ellen DeGeneres announced that the “Mirrors” singer called to ask her to reveal an interesting clip from his new music video, “Not a Bad Thing.” Instead of the singer capturing his famous choreographed danced move, his new music video is actually a documentary. The video is based on a true story of a couple who recently got engaged on New York City’s Long Island Railroad on January 12, 2014. The prospective groom used one of Timberlake’s songs to propose to his bride-to-be.
A team of people hunt for this happy couple, passing out flyers and going door to door. But the team of filmmakers isn’t able to ferret out the pair. The upside? They do run into several other couples with adorable, inspiring love stories.
The clip on the DeGeneres show ended with a: “to be continued…” cliffhanger. Timberlake’s documentary is heartfelt and gives viewers the real about the hard work love requires. After it ended, Ellen encouraged people who know the couple to call into her show. Hopefully Mr. Timberlake will find the engaged couple to feature in his video.
Check out Timberlake’s “Not A Bad Thing” video, below.
In this day and age where celebs and everyday folks take to their social media pages to share every little detail of their lives, there are still some stars who like to keep their private lives very private.
Cassie and Diddy
Rumor had it Diddy and Cassie were dating well before they were ever photographed together. Caught up in a love triangle with Cassie and his children’s mother Kim Porter, Diddy snuck around with the “Me & U” singer showing up at the same events but making sure to never arrive or leave together. Recently the two have been more open about their relationship in public and on social media. Diddy has posted photos professing his love for Cassie and last month sparked rumors when he put up a picture of an engagement ring with the caption, “Baby do you like it? I just want to get you wat you Like!” he added. “I just wanna Mk you smile #takeDat!”
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In an interview with Black Hollywood Thoughts, TGT member and crooner Tank talked about R&B music. I know we’re a tad bit exhausted by artists claiming it’s dead and that there’s too much sex being sung about, but he made some very interesting points. He talked about why you can’t hear real R&B ballads on the radio these days, why Pharrell’s “Happy” is a real R&B record, and why he thinks Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake, the blue-eyed soul singers, are making better R&B than most black folks these days:
The Lack Of Radio Play For Ballads and Real R&B:
Name the last time you actually heard an R&B ballad or even mid-tempo played on mainstream radio. You won’t. It’s not exciting enough to them anymore. We’ve moved out of the age of romance and meeting the mom and the father before you take the girl out. Now it’s Twitter and Instagram and everything’s happening so fast that a ballad actually takes too long for the payoff.
So, people actually really singing is too much to think about. Like, ‘I can’t sing along with that. Where’s the guy with the Auto-Tune? I can do that.’ And people are so far into the state of reality and being able to feel like they’re apart of it that it’s actually them, that if it’s too far above their heads, then they can’t relate.
Getting R&B Back To Its Essence:
We have to get back to making R&B for everybody. Not just for one place in time. Not just for the bedroom. Not just for the bathroom. If you think about it, “Happy” is an R&B record that Pharrell just made. That’s an old school, throwback R&B record. That’s what R&B used to sound like.
We have to get back to that. Making that kind of music. “Happy.” So we can sing on the Oscars, along with Pharrell, who’s–him, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake who are leading the charge in R&B music. We can’t hate! We can’t hate on what it is! The truth is what it is. And Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake are doing R&B music better than us. We need to catch up.
Tank also took to Twitter to elaborate on what he was trying to say after the fact:
“When R&B artist start singing about more than just sex and the club we’ll get our life back!.. #truth”
“Check my singles and get back to me if u have something to say on the subject!.. #ileadbyexample”
“Don’t pick an artist to direct my statement towards! The R&B community as a whole is in jeopardy! We ALL have work to do!..”
I hear what Tank is saying, but there are actually some very talented people making amazing R&B albums these days that might not get the same shine in the mainstream, and while I love JT (who even writes for Bey and Rihanna from time to time) and can appreciate Robin Thicke, they’re not doing it that much better than a Janelle Monae, a Miguel, a Frank Ocean, a Ledisi, a Solange and more. It’s just easier for them to get their music to the masses and on the main stage at awards and more. But just because someone’s music is not number one on radio (who really listens to radio like that these days though?) doesn’t mean R&B isn’t thriving just because what we hear from those R&B artists on the radio sounds more like pop.
But what do you think about what he had to say?