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No matter how much we wish they’d rule the once again, these hip-hop and R&B groups just cannot get it together to make music — or money — together.
Sean “Diddy” Combs has always had a knack for finding the right artist to turn into a superstar and back in the day he brought his talents to MTV’s world of reality television to find the next big artist as part of “Making the Band.” For the third cycle of the show, Diddy selected five young women to form the pop group Danity Kane. With his help, the group’s debut album went platinum but there was tension between the ladies. Aubrey O’Day ruffled Diddy’s feathers with her over-sexualized image and attempts to overshadow the group but when rumors started to swirl that Dawn Richard was trying to go solo, the group was barely hanging on by a thread. Diddy kicked Aubrey out of the group and used Dawn Richard as part of his Diddy Dirty Money collective. Four years later, the girls (minus D. Woods) decided to get that old thing back and reunite, but soon after Aundrea dropped out and then there was three — until last week during a studio session when Dawn was accused of popping Aubrey in the face. And once again Danity Kane is no more.
Queen Bey enlisted the help of Nicki Minaj for the official remix of “Flawless.” On the new track, Beyoncé not only declares she is “the shit” but elevatorgate is finally addressed! Bey raps, “We escalating, up in this B*tch like elevators, Of course sometimes shit go down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator.” Bey made sure to repeat that last line TWICE.
As for Nicki, the rapper declared, she is “The queen of rap slaying with Queen Bey / If you ain’t on the team, you playin’ for team D.”
The track is full of jabs and lyrics revolving around the two ladies being “every hood n*gga’s dream” and dissing “thirsty b*tches”. It’s clear neither Beyoncé nor Nicki held cut cards on this single.
Check out the track for yourself on Flawless.Beyonce.com.
There are some gospel songs that we feel like we were born knowing. Whether we learned them in choir rehearsal on Wednesday night, listening to Big Mama hum or watching our favorite films, these songs have a permanent place in our gospel roster.
“I Don’t Know What You’ve Come to Do”
Is it just us or are there different versions of what you’ve come to do? We’ve heard “clap my hands,” “stomp feet,” “do my dance,” “praise his name,” “lift his name,” and about three other variations that seem to depend on what choir is singing that Sunday.
While many singers and rappers strive to have a long and successful career in the music industry, these artists had just one hit and then were done. Who do you wish had a longer career?
In 1990, Vanilla Ice had a hit on his hands with “Ice Ice Baby.” The song was everywhere and it shot straight to the top of the Billboard charts making Vanilla Ice a star overnight. But he could never repeat the same success again. The white rapper released other rap songs but the reception just wasn’t the same as his debut single. After overdosing on drugs, Vanilla Ice, real name Robert Van Winkle, switched his attention to heavy metal music before going into real estate.
Xscape Tiny is back y’all!
The seemingly estranged wife of T.I. (can we say that?) has just dropped a new solo single and she’s very much giving us a ’90s R&B vibe. The track, #WTFYGD, which is hashtag for what the f*ck you gone do, will no doubt add fuel to she and T.I.’s troubled marriage fire as the chorus very explicitly says “don’t be sleeping on me/I don’t wanna ride out on you babe/ All I wanna do is stay down for you/ But you make it so hard not to give up on you/ as she asks, “if I leave, then what the f*ck you gone do?” Pretty sure who she’s asking.
Listen to the song below and tell us what you think. Pass or Play?
The incomparable Patti LaBelle has been captivating the music industry since she first hit the scene more than 50 years ago. Since that moment, she has mesmerized us with her incredible range, soul and passion, while blazing a trail for powerful female contemporary singers like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. So as Patti prepares to celebrate her 70th birthday, we figured there was no better tribute than taking a look back at some of this diva’s most incredible performances.
Turn one of these songs on and everyone sings along.
Killing Me Softly
With everybody flat on the bridge: La, la, la, la uh-uh.
It’s that time of morning again. You’ve suddenly plunged into overthinking and worrying about your next moves in life and you need something to pick up your mood and motivate you. Music is the perfect thing to do just that! Check out our mix of different songs that will both inspire and motivate you in the morning. What’s already on your playlist?
Update: Some thought it was a crazy idea. Others called the Wu Tang’s move to make just one copy of their upcoming CD and sell it to the highest bidder a brilliant marketing move. The latter turned out to be true. According to the Wu’s The RZA the bids are up to $5 million for 31-track The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
“Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday,” he told Billboard, during a break from promotion work on Brick Mansions, his upcoming film with the late Paul Walker, and Gang Related, his new Fox show. “I’ve been getting a lot of emails: some from people I know, some from people I don’t know, and they’re also emailing other members of my organization.
Some fans, however, are upset since the album will never be released publicly. How do you feel?
Published orginally on March 31, 2014
The Wu-Tang Clan have always been music innovators. Now the hip-hop group might just change the way artists market CDs. The Staten Island, NY group has come up with a unique way to sell their new album.
Wu Tang Clan has a 20th anniversary album set to be released in July called A Better Tomorrow. But another upcoming new record, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin done with Morocco-based producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, isn’t going to get released at all.
“Instead of releasing Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, they’re going to make exactly one copy of the double album. It will be locked inside an engraved nickel and silver box created by British-Moroccan artist Yahya,” reports Death and Taxes magazine. The album with actually going on its own tour to museums, galleries and possibly music festivals where visitors will pay to listen to it on headphones.
The double album has been a secret over the last two years, notes The Verge. After the tour, the group is looking to sell the single copy for millions of dollars.
“We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music,” says Wu-Tang Clan member Robert “RZA” Diggs told The Verge. “We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”
He added, “The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for year. And yet it doesn’t receive the same treatment as art in the sense of the value of what it is, especially nowadays when it’s been devalued and diminished to almost the point that it has to be given away for free.”
Since record sales have been dwindling over the years, this might just be a brilliant marketing move as well.
Rihanna will no longer be calling Island Def Jam her music home. The “Diamonds” singer has released seven albums with the imprint, but now due to a company reorganization by parent company Universal Music Group, Rihanna will be on the new Def Jam, reports EUR.
UMG has split up one of its major divisions, displacing Chairman & CEO Barry Weiss. Under the reorganization, the Island Def Jam Music Group, one of the four umbrella units for Universal’s dozens of record labels “will cease to exist,” reports The New York Times.
“By re-establishing Def Jam, Island and Motown as stand-alone labels within the UMG family, we’re positioning them to recapture the uniqueness of their brands and serve artists with the singularity of vision, focus and creativity that was at the core of their original success,” said UMG’s Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge in a statement.
UMG’s constituent labels, including Def Jam (also home to Kanye West), Island (Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber) and Motown, will operate separately. There will be changes in leadership and operations, including Ethiopia Habtemariam being bumped up from executive vice president of Motown to president.
Republic Records, one of the top labels lately with hits by Lorde, Drake and Florida Georgia Line, will be unaffected by the changes.
UMG is closing down Island Def Jam because it never really took a foothold in the industry. “The fact is: No matter how much we might work to build ‘IDJ’ as a brand, that brand could never be as powerful as each of IDJ’s constituent parts,” Grainge wrote in a note to employees.
According to UMG, Weiss had stepped down from his position “in order to enter into discussions with U.M.G. about a new venture together.” But many music industry observers say Weiss will leave the company totally.