Apr
24
Pharrell Williams Pens First-Ever Social Book

Inspiration

Pharrell Williams is writing a new chapter in his career. The multi-talented star has penned the first-ever social book.

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Apr
24
K. Michelle Teams with Lil Boosie for ‘Show Da World’ Remix

K. Michelle and Lil Boosie

K. Michelle and Lil Boosie are ready to “Show Da World.” The labelmates have teamed up on a remix to Boosie’s single.

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Apr
24
New Music: Elle Varner – ‘F*ck It All’

Loss

For the fourth and final release in her four-letter word series, Elle Varner says “Fuck It All.” The raw and unbridled song, dedicated to the word “loss,” finds the singer on the verge of an emotional breakdown.

“‘Cause I can be a whole lot of things / Go on and clip my wings / Be a piss drunk bitch of a whore,” she sings.

Her sophomore album 4 Letter Word, executive produced by Pop & Oak, is due later this year.

If you missed any of her previous four-letter series songs, check out “Cole Case,” “See Me Tonight,” and “Little Do You Know.”

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Apr
24
Tracklisting: 2 Chainz – ‘Freebase’

Freebase

2 Chainz takes it back to the trap with his EP Freebase. Due May 5, the fan-oriented project marks a return to his hardcore, street-flavored rap, and serves as a prelude to his upcoming third album.

The seven tracks include collaborations with Lil Boosie, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla $ign, and Cap 1, with production from Mike WiLL Made It, Street Symphony, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Young Chop, and Metro Boomin.

“It has been a minute since the release of my album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time and I wanted to give something special to my fans while I record my follow-up album,” said 2 Chainz. “This is a taste of what is to come, and is most importantly, for them.”

See the tracklisting below.

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Apr
24
Video: Beyoncé – ‘Pretty Hurts’

Beyoncé

Beyoncé takes on the controversial world of beauty pageants in the VEVO premiere of “Pretty Hurts,” the Sia-penned, Ammo-produced ballad off her visual album. In the Melina Matsoukas-directed clip, Bey plays pageant contestant Miss 3rd Ward as she struggles with the pressure to be beautiful.

“She told me what she wanted to do with the pageant world and I obviously like to take it there,” Melina told Vulture. “I was like, ‘Let’s get into the toxic world and what we really do that is so damaging to ourselves, and use it as a microcosm for our society.’ Obviously, those ideas don’t just live in the pageant world; they live in our world.”

In an interview with The New York Times, Sia revealed that she originally sent the song to Katy Perry, but the pop star didn’t see the email. She then gave it to Rihanna, whose manager held onto it for eight months, before Beyoncé heard it.

In conjunction with the premiere, Bey has also launched the #WhatIsPretty campaign, inviting fans to upload a photo or video to Instagram that captures what the word “pretty” means to you.

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Apr
24
Iggy Azalea Opens ‘New Classic’ Tour in Boston

Hotel Iggy

Hotel Iggy is now open for business. Following her opening slots on tours with Beyoncé, Nas, and Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea launched her first headlining tour in Boston on Wednesday. The Aussie rap sensation transformed the House of Blues into her own hotel, performing her hits and new material off her just-released debut The New Classic.

Dressed in a Scarface-inspired getup, she kicked off her hour-long set with “Beat Down” and performed crowd favorites including “Fancy,” “Work,” and her mixtape cut “Pussy.”

Backed by a troupe of female dancers and DJ Wizz Kidd, Iggy also treated the crowd to the first performances of “Black Widow,” “Don’t Need Y’all,” and “Rolex” off her new album.

The 14-date North American trek travels to major cities including Detroit, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, wrapping May 22 in Seattle.

Iggy also guests on Ariana Grande’s new single “Problem,” which hits iTunes this weekend.

Listen to a snippet of Iggy’s verse and watch footage from opening night below.

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Apr
24
Nicki Minaj Previews New Song in Twerk Videos

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is shaking up the ‘Gram once again. The bootylicious rapper posted a couple videos of herself twerking while previewing a new song. Her back faces the camera as she slowly winds her famous ass up and down.

“This aint me. It’s a friend of mine,” joked Nicki.

But the melodic song is not the one that she plans to debut in the coming week. “Lol. That’s not THEE song. I promise,” she told her fans.

Nicki will make her acting debut alongside Cameron Diaz in the romantic comedy The Other Woman, which hits theaters on Friday.

Watch the rump shaker in action below.

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