Chris Brown has had a rough year, with stints in rehab and serving jail time, but now he’s come full circle with the release of his fifth studio effort X. Spanning 21 tracks, the comeback album features the likes of Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Rick Ross, R. Kelly, and of course Lil Wayne and Tyga who star alongside Breezy himself in hit single “Loyal.” Stream the LP after the jump and head over to iTunes to purchase X. [Read More]
The music video for Jessie J‘s leading single, “Bang Bang,” from her forthcoming album Sweet Talker, has officially debuted. Hannah Lux Davis directs the visuals for the track, which features vocals from Ariana Grande and a verse from Nicki Minaj. Set on a helipad at the top of a New York City skyscraper, the trio link up to provide viewers with the experience of being invited to an “exclusive concert.” Sweet Talker is out October 14th and “Bang Bang” will also appear as a bonus track on Ariana’s soon to be released album, My Everything, out tomorrow, August 25th.
Just in time for the World Cup, British electronic duo Basement Jaxx have created a new – Brazilian-style – take on their classic Ibiza hit, “Mermaid of Salinas.” This time around the tune is transported to Bahia, Brazil, by singer Nina Miranda. The video is directed by Alan Masferrer and features dancing matadors, hula dancers, Baywatch-style lifeguards and Flamenco girls for a real combination of cultures that harks back to the Spanish-style guitars of the original song.
Nicki Minaj stopped by Good Morning America on Friday morning with a special treat for fans. The Young Money gave viewers a quick sneak peak of the video for her new single Pills N Potions. In the preview, a reflective Minaj is seen seated, before The Game makes a cameo, possibly playing her on screen love interest that has Nicki on an emotional spin. The full video for “Pills N Potions” world premieres Monday on Live! with Kelly and Michael. Enjoy.
Over the weekend, Eminem's offered a preview of the music video for “Monster” with Rihanna, and now we full-length video for the single from The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Here, Rihanna plays the role of Em’s therapist, while the rapper is found reflecting on pinnacle points of his career and personal life. The music video features scenes from several of Eminem’s previous videos and Dr. Dre is also featured in a snippet of back-and-forth role play with the rapper. A follow-up to 2010′s “Love the Way You Lie,” “Monster” is another stellar offering from both artists.
Beyoncé turns Santa Claus in an instant! Out of nowhere, the R&B Diva releases a self-titled album exclusively on iTunes. Queen Bey’s fifth solo LP includes 14-songs and 17 music videos. Contributions come from Justin Timberlake, Kelly Rowland, Drake, Frank Ocean, Pharrell, Timbaland, Hit-Boy, Key Wane, Detail, Michelle Williams, Sampha, husband Jay Z, and her daughter Blue Ivy. Dubbed a visual album, the 17 music videos were shot throughout the world in Paris, Rio De Janeiro, New York, and Sydney. Along with the surprise album, Bey has released 30-second snippets on every accompanying video. Preview the full album via the creative visuals below.The Carter-Knowles family takes #NewRules to the limits! Head to iTunes and purchase the album now -- watch previews of all the videos after the jump. [See More]
French filmmaker Mikael Colombu has taken an artistic approach to Drake'sTake Care cut We'll Be Fine. A preview of the clip has been released earlier this year, but its final form has now been unveiled for your viewing pleasure. As you can see above, the video relies heavily on CGI and some rarely bizarre sci-fi elements. Definitely a visually alternative approach to Drizzy's music that you don't want to miss. Enjoy.
TheMarshall Mathers LP 2 isn’t short on its serious moments, but Eminem proves he hasn’t lost that wacky sense of humor and aesthetics in the video to his six-minute lyrical onslaught, “Rap God.” In front of a psychedelic backdrop, Slim Shady plugs into the matrix and transforms into Max Headroom, the AI character from the 80′s sci-fi series of the same name. After all, those lyrical somersaults make Em sound like a damn robot on the mic. MMLP2 is out now, enjoy.
It was a busy week for Pusha T. Along with performing “S.N.I.T.C.H.” with Pharrell on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the street poet stopped by Chelsea Lately. The two discussed the origin of Pusha’s name, Pharrell discovering him, a lesson in diamond fronts, Kanye West’s ranting, his brother No Malice, Virginia Beach, and much more. Purchase his debut solo album My Name Is My Name on iTunes right now. Enjoy.
On the day she dropped her latest EP Sail Out, Jhené Aiko opens up in an exclusive interview with Pepsi.com. Aiko's been busy. Between releasing her EP, dropping a new song with Kendrick Lamar and sharing a brand new music video for "The Worst," the 25-year-old singer knows how to make things happen. She was the first artist to be signed to the No I.D.-run Def Jam imprint Atrium Records. She preaches the benefit of being signed with someone like him, because, "He truly understands what it is to be an artist, because he’s an artist also, he’s a producer... He’s always like, 'Don’t rush anything, just take your time. The music is going to be great regardless of what’s happening.'" After pushing back the release date for her Sail Out EP from October 29th to today, it's clear patience is a part of the game for Aiko. [Hear & Read More]