The last time we saw Ariana Grande she seemed to be drunk, making out with her backup dancer, licking doughnuts at a doughnut shop and saying that she “hated America” because of the fatty foods that are available to us. Well, now she’s back to doing what she does best, singing, with her new single “Focus” which features Jamie Foxx (kind of) I’ll explain later.
I told you yesterday that Drake was on his way to his first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Hotline Bling,” well the song has drawn a lot of comparisons to D.R.A.M.’s summer song “Cha Cha” which Drizzy even called a “quasi-cover” when he released “Hotline Bling.” Well it seems like performing in Drake’s hometown of Toronto had D.R.A.M. feeling some type of way. So naturally he took to Twitter to voice it.
“Hotline Bling” is the #2 song on Billboard’s Hot 100, and will probably hit #1 within the next couple weeks with his protege The Weekend‘s The Hills slipping on the chart. Surprisingly would be Drake‘s first #1 single, I say surprisingly because Drake has had such success on the charts. Well, while sitting at #2 on the chart is the perfect time to drop the video and get that extra push to the top!
“Lady Marmalade” was a global SMASH not once but twice, with both versions killing the charts all over the globe. The original version was released in 1974 by Labelle, a group fronted by the legendary Patti LaBelle, and was inducted in the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2003 and the remake in 2001 featuring Christina Aguliera, Pink, Mya, Lil Kim, produced by Missy Elliott also won a GRAMMY for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Well if Rita Ora has her way the song will make ANOTHER comeback soon.
The Weeknd is literally on fire right now, finally getting commercial success to catch up to the critical acclaim that he’s been getting over the years, with “Earned It” “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” all making huge noise on the charts. Well tonight he was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live (SNL), performing two of his smash singles and even brought Nicki Minaj out to perform with him.
— Mean Jean (@itsMeanJean) October 10, 2015
The Weeknd‘s last three singles have been top five Billboard smashes with “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” hitting number one on the Hot 100, while “Earned It” peaked at number five. I guess you can say he’s the hottest artist in music right now, “The Hills” is the current number one song in the country, and if he has it his way it’ll get an extra push and stay there after he dropped two remixes tonight; one featuring Nicki Minaj and the other features the legendary Eminem.
We’re a little over four months away from “music’s biggest night.” The show is on the move from Sunday to Monday, February 15, 2016 and it will be interesting to see how the change impacts viewership.
Every summer I lay out some BOLD predictions on the show based on how things have gone musically thus far. Last year, I did really well after getting four out of five right, but one was conditional. Let’s see how I do for 2016. Warning: one pick will shock you, but it WILL happen.
My view on celebrity role models is they shouldn’t exist, personally I think parents should be role models who their kids look up to, but a survey was done with parents of children under 10 in England. They were asked who they thought the best and worst male, female role models for kids were. Miley Cyrus took the most votes overall with Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Justin Bieber not too far behind.
The last time we saw Miley Cyrus on the stage at the MTV VMAs, she was accepting the award for Video of the Year and bringing awareness to teen-aged homelessness. The time before that, the debacle above took place, well who knows what will happen the next time, when she is hosting the whole damn show.
It looks like the YMCMBeef is now being taken to the next level, the issues with Lil Wayne seemingly being replaced on the totem poll by Birdman in YMCMB by Young Thug. Well now according to reports, the YMCMB boss, Birdman and his new protege Young Thug, have been linked to Weezy’s tour bus getting shot up in Atlanta back in April.
Taylor Swift‘s 1989 Tour is in full form, and if we’ve learned anything from Taylor it’s that you never know who to expect at her concerts. Like that time T.I. showed up at one of her Atlanta shows. Well in the past week we’ve seen the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team “shake it off” with her, and even Nick Jonas showed up at a show.
By now we all know Kendrick Lamar‘s rise to fame. He became a household name after his debut (?) album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City sold 242,000 copies in the first week of release in 2012. The album featured guest appearances from Dr. Dre, Drake, Jay Rock and Mary J. Blige (on the deluxe version) and earned high-praise from critics. K.Dot followed up Good Kid, M.A.A.D City with another critically-acclaimed hit with To Pimp a Butterfly earlier this year.
Prior to Kendrick’s mainstream success with M.A.A.D City and Butterfly, he caught the attention of hip-hop heads with successful mixtapes like Training Day, C4, Overly Dedicated and Section.80. There is even an ongoing argument about which album was truly his debut. Was it Section.80 or M.A.A.D City?
Regardless of where you stand on that debate (I say M.A.A.D City), Kendrick has also become one of the most sought-after artists to work with. He’s appeared as a guest on songs with Eminem, Drake, 50 Cent, Game, Pusha T and Schoolboy Q to name a few. With that being said, here’s a look at some of Kendrick Lamar’s best guest appearances to date (offered without comment).
10. Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Pay For It”
9. A$AP Rocky feat. 2 Chainz, Drake and Kendrick Lamar – “Fuckin’ Problems”
8. Meek Mill feat. Kendrick Lamar – “A1 Everything”
7. Schoolboy Q feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Collard Greens”
6. Dom Kennedy feat. Kendrick Lamar – “We Ball”
5. Imagine Dragons feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Radioactive (Remix)”
4. Pusha T feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Nosetalgia”
3. Eminem feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Love Game”
2. Schoolboy Q feat. Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul – “Blessed”
1. Game feat. Kendrick Lamar – “The City”
“1Train” – A$AP Rocky feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T.
“Autumn Leaves” – Chris Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar
“Catch a Fade” – E-40 feat. Kendrick Lamar and Droop-E
“We Up” – 50 Cent feat. Kendrick Lamar
With so many options to choose from, it really is easier said than done trying to pick his 10 best guest appearances. K.Dot has remained relatively quiet in 2015, opting to focus mainly on the new album while still managing to sneak in a few appearances with Snoop Dogg and Taylor Swift.
You may feel the need to debate this top 10, but is there really a bad Kendrick Lamar verse? You can argue that just about any verse is deserving of a mention.
Photo credit: Ty Wright, @Tru2Ty
Back in December Iggy Azalea announced her ‘Great Escape Tour‘ which was supposed to be supported by Tinashe and Nick Jonas. In March it was announced that the tour was postponed with rumored issues with her management, with Iggy citing wanting everything to be perfect creatively for the postponement. Well now the tour is officially off.
If you are a fan of FOX’s breakout show Empire, you’ll be excited to know that Lucious, Cookie and the rest of the Lyons will be back for season two sooner than you think!