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May242015

Michael Ray Making Third Grand Ole Opry Appearance in Four Weeks Tuesday Night

Warner Music NashvilleCountry newcomer Michael Ray is becoming a regular at the Grand Ole Opry. He's set to make his third appearance in four weeks on the show this Tuesday night.

Michael says, "To be invited back for a third time in such a short time frame is mind-blowing. I was just as nervous the second time I performed and I'm sure I'll be just as overwhelmed.  It's an honor to step inside the circle of the Grand Ole Opry and I'm ready to play anytime they want me.”

Michael is currently climbing the country chart with his debut single, "Kiss You in the Morning."

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Saturday
May232015

Perry Farrell Remembers Hanging Out with Kurt Cobain: "I Got High with Him" 

Credit: Kyle Dean ReinfordAs Lollapalooza's founder, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell is known as one of the godfathers of alternative rock. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Farrell remembers hanging out with the biggest legend of the '90s alternative scene: Kurt Cobain.

"I met him briefly," Farrell says of the late Nirvana frontman.  "I must admit, I got high with him in the basement of the Palace when he came to Los Angeles, and I hung out with him at one of the MTV awards shows.  We had a mutual respect."

Farrell also gave his thoughts on Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about Cobain.  "Look, they're scraping together things," he says.  "[Cobain is] gone now, so you can't very well ask him to do another take, can you?  He's very high.  And if it was me, I would have said, 'I need a change of clothing.'  But I thought he was a very gentle soul and who knows what would have become of him had he lived."

Nirvana was scheduled by headline Lollapalooza in 1994, but they pulled out of the tour just days before Cobain committed suicide.

As for the 2015 Lollapalooza lineup, Farrell says he used to really dislike Metallica, who are headlining this year's festival.  While he insists that he "like[s] their music now," Farrell used to consider Metallica the opposite of what he wanted for Lolla.

"I was very angry the first time they played Lollapalooza," Farrell says.  "I helped create the genre alternative, and alternative was against hair metal, teased-out hair, spandex, bulls**t rock music. Metallica, in my estimation at that time, wasn't my thing."

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Saturday
May232015

Ex-Rolling Stones Bassist on Releasing New Solo Album at Age 78: "I Thought, 'What the Hell'"

Proper RecordsFounding Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman will turn 79 this October, but despite his advancing age, he's still making new music.  Next month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release his first solo album in 33 years, Back to Basics.

Wyman admits that he initially wondered if he might be "too old" to put out a new album, but quickly thought the better of it.

"I thought, 'Every creative artist goes until they drop,'" he tells Rolling Stone.  "Whether they're sculptors, writers, poets or musicians, they just carry on as long as they can.  So then I thought, 'What the hell.'"

Wyman was inspired to make the record after rediscovering some forgotten demos of songs he felt never got their due.  He decided to revisit those tunes, as well as some other old songs that hadn't made it onto his earlier solo albums, and record updated versions of them.

Bill explains to Rolling Stone that he used the stripped-down sounds of a number of acclaimed songwriters as inspiration for the album.

"I wanted it to be inspired a bit like After the Gold Rush by Neil Young, to capture the simplicity of those couple of albums he did around that time," he points out.  "I was also inspired by J.J. Cale, who I had done stuff with in The Rhythm Kings, and Tom Waits and the way he sings."

Wyman adds that another influence on the new album was 80-yar-old Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, describing his 1984 tune "Dance Me to the End of Love" as "wonderful."

Back to Basics also features a number of brand-new compositions that Wyman says he wrote "in my house on a little acoustic guitar."  He notes that since he's not a guitar player, "I usually just mess about on the bottom strings for little guitar licks and riffs."

Meanwhile, Bill says he has no interest in ever reuniting with The Rolling Stones again.

"You can't go back and relive something and have it be the same," he insists, while pointing out that he's "still great mates" with his former band mates.

"We still send each other Christmas and birthday presents as we always did," Wyman reveals, "and sometimes I do gigs with Charlie [Watts] and his band or with Ronnie Wood if he's doing a special."

Bill says he "loved every minute" of his 31 years in the band, and is "proud of everything we did," but was very ready to retire from The Stones after the three major tours they mounted in 1989 and '90.

"I thought, 'That's enough for me, there's nowhere else to go,'" he recalls.  "I was happy to move on because there were so many other things that I wanted to do in my life that I had planned to years and years and years before, never expecting as anyone did that the band would last that long."

Back to Basics will hit stores in the U.K. on June 22.  No U.S. release has been announced yet.

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Saturday
May232015

Justin Bieber, Pink, Taylor, Kelly Clarkson & More Featured in "People" Mag's "Body Moments of the Year" 

Mert Alas and Marcus PiggottPeople magazine's current issue is all about the "Most-Talked About Bodies," and naturally, pop stars -- who are among the most scrutinized individuals in the world -- appear on the list.

In the section called Hollywood's 10 Hottest Bodies, we find Taylor Swift and Beyonce.  Taylor is praised for her "long and lean" body, and for dressing fairly modestly for a celebrity.  As for Bey, she gets props for showing off her "Flawless" body in a barely there Givenchy gown at the recent Met Gala in New York City.

For the section called Body Moments of the Year, Justin Bieber makes the cut for the controversy over whether or not his junk was Photoshopped in those Calvin Klein ads to make him appear, um, larger.  He denied it on Instagram.  Demi Lovato also is included for criticizing people's obsession with a "thigh gap."

Meanwhile, Selena Gomez, Pink and Kelly Clarkson are included for the way they hit back at body-shamers who took them to task for allegedly being too heavy.  Perhaps Pink said it best on Twitter: "I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off."

In a section called Stars' Real Bodies, five celebs show off their bathing suit bods with no Photoshopping or retouching.  One of them is Jordin Sparks, who lost 50 pounds a few years ago, but says she's not stressing over her other imperfections, real or imagined. 

"I'm good with my thighs touching. I grew up in a family where we have meat on our bones and I'm used to that," she says, and also admits to having stretch marks, which she calls "tiger stripes."  While she looks great, don't expect Jordin to post revealing body photos on social media either.  "I'm not on Instagram to show you what I have," she notes. "I'm there to show you what my life is like!"

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Saturday
May232015

Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Pink & More Featured in "People" Mag's New "Body Issue"

ABC/ Ida Mae AstutePeople magazine's current issue is all about the "Most-Talked About Bodies," and naturally, pop stars -- who are among the most scrutinized individuals in the world -- appear on the list.

In the section called Hollywood's 10 Hottest Bodies, we find Taylor Swift and Beyonce.  Taylor is praised for her "long and lean" body, and for dressing fairly modestly for a celebrity.  As for Bey, she gets props for showing off her "Flawless" body in a barely there Givenchy gown at the recent Met Gala in New York City.

For the section called Body Moments of the Year, Pink and Kelly Clarkson are included for the way they hit back at body-shamers who took them to task for allegedly being too heavy.  Kelly laughed it off when British journalist and TV personality Katie Hopkins tweeted some extremely nasty comments about her weight an appearance, telling Ellen DeGeneres, "I've kinda always gotten that. So...people are like, 'I'm so sorry that lady in London was so mean to you.' And I'm like, 'Are you serious?' Like, 'Get in line!'"

Pink was criticized for appearing on the red carpet at a charity event sporting a slightly fuller figure than normal, and slapped down the haters on Twitter, writing, "I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off. Thanks for your concern."

In a section called Stars' Real Bodies, five celebs show off their bathing suit bods with no Photoshopping or retouching.  One of them is Jordin Sparks, who lost 50 pounds a few years ago, but says she's not stressing over her other imperfections, real or imagined. 

"I'm good with my thighs touching. I grew up in a family where we have meat on our bones and I'm used to that," she says, and also admits to having stretch marks, which she calls "tiger stripes."  While she looks great, don't expect Jordin to post revealing body photos on social media either.  "I'm not on Instagram to show you what I have," she notes. "I'm there to show you what my life is like!"

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Saturday
May232015

Where Will the Stars Be This Memorial Day Weekend?

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Everyone knows Memorial Day is considered the unofficial kick-off of the summer, but you may not know where your favorite artists will be during the long weekend. Here's a round-up of where some of today's biggest music stars will be performing over the holiday:

Chris Brown recently announced he'll continue his Las Vegas residency with a showcase at Drai’s Nightclub. "Memorial Weekend May 24th Join me for the biggest party in Vegas @ my home," Breezy tweeted.

Drake is scheduled to take the stage during the Houston Appreciation Weekend, along with performances from Future, Fetty Wap, Lil Boosie and a special tribute to Bun B. Tickets are still available.

Trey Songz will spend his Memorial Day Weekend in the Caribbean for the 15th annual Soul Beach Music Festival. The singer has been tapped to headline the five-day event in Aruba, alongside Charlie Wilson, Estelle, Dru Hill and "human beat box extraordinaire" Doug E. Fresh.

Maxwell, Toni Braxton, and R. Kelly have signed on for the Third Annual San Diego Jazz Festival, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend.

Mariah Carey is scheduled to work the stage during her long-term Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which was just extended through February 21.

Ice Cube will be headlining the Bring Tha Noise 2015 show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit Saturday, May 23. He'll be joined by EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and MC Lyte.

Snoop Dogg will play the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit at Hart Plaza for the holiday weekend. The festival, which celebrates Detroit's electronic music legacy, will run from Saturday through Monday, May 25, featuring six stages with over 140 artists.

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Saturday
May232015

Thomas Rhett Working to Set Himself Apart from the Crowded Male Country Field

Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is working hard to make himself stand out from the crowded field of solo male acts in the country format. That's why he tapped into his soul and R&B influence for the brand-new single, "Crash and Burn."

Thomas tells the Indianapolis Star, "If you don't do something that makes you stand out a little bit, I think you're always considered just in a category, rather than people knowing your name."

For inspiration, Thomas looks to legendary acts like Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to see how they kept their sound fresh and stayed true to themselves over the course of their respective careers.

"They never really played it safe," Thomas says. "They were always pushing themselves. Every record had similarities to the previous one, but you could tell they were trying to push what they did to a different level."

"Crash and Burn" is the lead single from Thomas's as-yet-untitled sophomore album, due out later this year.

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Friday
May222015

Katy Perry Says She Has “Blind Ambition,” but Keeps Her “Moral Compass”

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsYou know those stars who say they never expected to be famous? Katy Perry isn’t one of them. She freely admits that she always knew she’d be successful.

“Yes, I always knew it, it was blind ambition,” she tells Australia’s The Daily Telegraph. “This is what I am doing. Nothing and no one is going to get in my way. I’ve always had that mindset. My creative faucet doesn’t stop. I like putting all the things, all the lessons I have learned, and all the things I’m inspired by into songs.”

And even though she’s come a long way from her strict Christian childhood, she hasn’t been corrupted by fame. “I haven’t turned away from everything I learned when I was growing up,” she says. “My moral compass is still intact. I try to make decisions with integrity and respect.”

Katy realizes that a lot of her success hinges on the fans. That’s why she fully commits to a life on the road. Earlier this month, her Prismatic World Tour marked its one-year anniversary and it’s still going strong. The tour doesn’t wrap until October.

“Touring is important to me,” Katy says. “It’s like a big IOU to my fans because I know they are the reason I exist... I’m not saying I’ll always be on tour but it’s my life.”

And that grueling schedule can sometimes take its toll on her relationships. Her marriage to Russell Brand ended in 2011 when she was still on her previous California Dreams Tour, and she says they haven’t spoken since he texted her saying he was filing for divorce. Katy, who’s also dated John Mayer on and off, admits it’s difficult to maintain high-profile relationships with high-profile men.

“I think it can be for a modern woman,” she says. “I always thought you could have a relationship and success. For a modern woman it’s important to be supported and that there is equality in every aspect. And it’s not two halves that make a whole. It’s two wholes that make a whole.”

Through all of her personal ups and down, Katy says she hasn't let fear hold her back.

“I’m one of those people that likes to be fearless,” she says. “We bungee-jumped in New Zealand on one tour. We go to water parks and do things like that because I have a little fearless invincibility streak in me. I don’t like to live in fear because that traps you and your voices. Fear is a control tactic in the world that is negative and depressing and I don’t want to be associated with it.”

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Friday
May222015

Chris Cornell Schedules Tour of Australia and New Zealand in Support of New Solo Album, "Higher Truth" 

Credit: Jen CashSoundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has announced plans for a solo acoustic tour through Australia and New Zealand and, in the process, revealed the title of his new solo album: Higher Truth.

The acoustic tour will have Cornell "performing songs spanning his entire career, as well as new songs from his forthcoming studio album Higher Truth in an unplugged, up close and personal setting," according to his website.

Higher Truth is scheduled for an "Australian spring release," which means an American fall release.

The Australia and New Zealand tour dates will kick off November 20 and conclude December 12. Tickets will go on sale June 1. Visit ChrisCornell.com for all ticket info.

Cornell's last solo release was his 2011 all-acoustic live album, Songbook. His last studio effort was 2009's electronic-inspired Scream.

Here are Chris Cornell's new tour dates:

11/20 -- Christchurch, New Zealand, Isaac Theatre
11/23 -- Wellington, New Zealand, Michael Fowler Centre
11/26 -- Auckland, New Zealand, ASB Theatre
11/30 -- Brisbane, Australia, QPAC Concert Hall
12/4 -- Melbourne, Australia, Palais Theatre
12/7 -- Adelaide, Australia, Festival Theatre
12/8 -- Perth, Australia, Perth Concert Hall
12/11 -- Sydney, Australia, Opera House
12/12 -- Sydney, Australia, Opera House

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Friday
May222015

Report: Paul McCartney Buys $15.5 Million Apartment in New York City

Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney is the world's wealthiest rocker so he can afford to buy nice things, like a beautiful new penthouse apartment overlooking New York City's Central Park.  The New York Post reports that the ex-Beatles star and his wife, Nancy Shevell, shelled out $15.5 million for a duplex apartment at 1045 Fifth Ave., not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

According to the Street Easy real estate website, the co-op residence boasts wraparound balconies, a living room, library, master bedroom, and master sitting room that all face Central Park above the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir, plus a formal dining room and "a double height gallery."  The duplex also boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that are 40 feet high.

The Post reports the building was built in 1967 by late developer Manny Duell, who created the duplex for his wife.  She lived there until her death in 2014.

McCartney launches a series of European tour dates this weekend with a May 23-24 stand at London's O2 Arena.

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Friday
May222015

En Vogue to Headline 16th Annual Stonewall Street Festival and Parade

Paul Redmond/Getty ImagesEn Vogue has announced plans to headline the 16th annual Stonewall Street Festival and Parade, taking place next month.

The quartet -- consisting of Cindy Herron-Braggs, Dawn Robinson, Maxine Jones and, Terry Ellis -- will perform at the main stage on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors, Florida on Saturday, June 2. They will run through their catalog, including crowd favorites like "Whatta Man" and "Free Your Mind."

The  community-wide event, which honors the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City that touched off the modern gay rights movement, draws a diverse crowd of approximately 30,000 attendees each year.

"We are looking forward to presenting the crowd at this year's Stonewall Festival and Parade with our most impressive line-up of entertainment yet," said Jeff Sterling, Executive Manager of the Wilton Manors Entertainment Group. "In true Stonewall fashion, there will be a little something for everyone with a lineup of entertainers from different eras and genres."

The 2015 Wilton Manors Stonewall Street Festival begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m -- visit WiltonManorsStonewall.com for more information.

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Friday
May222015

Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" Costumes Came from a Sex Shop; Taylor on Track to Make $100 Million This Year

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCWant to dress like the kick-butt characters in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video? You may have to visit a Los Angeles sex shop to do so. Shawn Gentry, director of operations for The Stockroom, tells the New York Post’s Page Six that the erotic boutique lent Taylor and her pals $13,000 worth of sexy clothing for the video shoot.

The flesh-colored latex dress Taylor wears in the first scene of the video retails for $235, and Selena Gomez’s black latex blouse retails for $360 and comes in more than 30 colors. Shawn expects the store may be able to capitalize on the video’s success. He’s already seen an uptick in online sales and customer service calls.

Shawn tells Page Six a rep from Taylor’s team came into the store about a month ago to pick out items for a secret client. He says he got more curious when the total price of the items soared past $10,000. He adds that Taylor’s team ended up keeping about $5,000 worth of the clothes.

And just to be clear, Shawn says no sex toys or pleasure items were pulled, only clothes.

Taylor can certainly afford to shell out thousands of dollars on outfits. According to Forbes, Taylor’s 1989 World Tour should put her on track to top $100 million in earnings this year, making 2015 her best financial year yet.

Her tour is set to include more than 75 dates across the globe. According to Pollstar, she has grossed nearly $2.5 million per tour stop in recent years. This time around, she's playing even bigger venues.

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Friday
May222015

Nicki Minaj Releases Video for "The Night Is Still Young"

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Last week, Nicki Minaj gave fans a glimpse into the visual for "The Night Is Still Young," her newest single from The Pinkprint album. Now, the full-length version has surfaced online.

In the Asian-inspired clip, which premiered on Tidal, the rapper switches back to her pink wig and shows off her dance moves in a see-through pink dress and floral boots by Marc Jacobs. An over-sized moon attracts everyone to dance the night away while Nicki rides the back of a bike with fiancé Meek Mill.

The new visual follows a string of recent videos from Nicki including "Feeling Myself" with Beyonce and "Hey Mama" with David Guetta.

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Friday
May222015

Trey Songz Remixes The Weeknd's Hit Single, "Earned It"

Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic RecordsTrey Songz is on a roll. After surprising fans with his Intermission project, the singer has unleashed an unofficial remix to The Weeknd's sultry single, "Earned It."

Similar the Toronto singer's original, Trey serves up seductive lyrics on song which in the original version was the lead offering from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

"Pain mixed with pleasure and passion/ oh yeah/ I heard your heart still mine, I'm still on your mind," he sings on the track.

Trey soon will give fans even more new music when Trigga Reloaded, the upcoming re-release of his last album, arrives on June 23.

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Friday
May222015

Miranda Lambert Explains Why She Doesn't Just Pack Up and Tour with Hubby Blake Shelton

CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert spend a lot of time apart due to their work schedules. It seems the couple would launch a co-headlining tour as a way to spend more time together, but bringing their respective live shows together would take a lot of compromises for both Blake and Miranda.

Miranda tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune, "It's interesting being married to an artist because we have two ways of doing everything, him and I. From our management and fans, from the way we write to the songs we pick -- but it's fun to watch because both ways work."

As for their relationship, Miranda says spending time apart makes her and Blake work that much harder to stay connected.

"You have to talk on the phone and text each other and be intimate, but rely on them in a different way," Miranda says. "It works, if you're up for it. It's not for everybody."

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Friday
May222015

Billy Joel Accepts Honorary Degree, Tells Students, "If You’re Not Doing What You Love, You’re Just Wasting Your Time” 

Stony Brook UniversityEven people who aren't Billy Joel fans probably know that he's from Long Island, New York, and on Friday, one of that area's top universities presented the Piano Man with an honorary degree at its 55th commencement ceremony.

Billy received a Doctor of Music degree from Stony Brook University, which has been the recipient of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's generosity over the years: he's donated two pianos to the school, which are worth more than 200 thousand dollars.

Speaking to the students, Billy said he'd keep his remarks short because "it's Memorial Day weekend and I don't want anyone getting melanoma from sitting out here for too long."  He then told the students, “I hope that by now you have found what it is you love and I hope that you have learned the skills you need to make what you love your life’s work."

He added, "I wish for you the stamina to continue that work when you encounter resistance and tough times…'cause if you’re not doing what you love, you’re just wasting your time.”

This degree is far from the first that Billy Joel has received.  He's got a wall full of diplomas from, among others, Syracuse University, the Berklee College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, Fairfield University and Hofstra University.  Not bad for a guy who never even graduated from high school.  He did eventually receive his diploma, though, 25 years after he ditched school for a life in music.

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Friday
May222015

Mariah Carey Reveals a Backstage Peek of Las Vegas Show 

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Mariah Carey is in the thick of her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where she's performing her Mariah #1 to Infinity show. Despite the glamorous stage show, the singer says not all is glitter and butterflies. Backstage, she says "a lot of funny things" happen.

"I'd rather not call them to the attention of the world, but let's just say behind the scenes, backstage, everybody's grabbing, everybody's taking your clothes, you're standing there and you're at the mercy of the people backstage so you have to have a great team with you," she explained on Friday's Live with Kelly and Michael.

Mariah also spoke about adjusting to living in Sin City with her two children, four-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe. "Well, we're living there and I have a house there for the kids, with a pool and a jungle gym and all the things that they want," she says, before adding, "But I'm still a New Yorker. I'll always be a New Yorker."

Mariah's Vegas show comes at the same time she released her latest album of the same name. The Grammy-winning singer said the songs are "all about feeling and just expressing your soul. That's what it's all about really. For me, music has always been my saving grace."

Mariah's show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace was just extended through February 21.

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Friday
May222015

Wiz Khalifa Announces "Rolling Papers" Sequel 

Miko Lim/Atlantic RecordsWiz Khalifa is gearing up to release a sequel to his major label debut, 2011's Rolling Papers, which spawned his chart-topping single, "Black & Yellow."

The rapper announced via Twitter that the title of his next project will be Rolling Papers 2: The Weed Album. He didn't offer up any further details about the project, but his fans seem pleased, judging by the comments.

Meanwhile, Wiz is enjoying his high from "See You Again" featuring Charlie Puth remaining atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the sixth consecutive week.

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Friday
May222015

Nicki Minaj Tweets & Deletes About Upcoming Jay Z Collaboration

ABC/Lou RoccoNicki Minaj may have unintentionally spilled the beans about her rumored collaboration with Jay Z.

According to a now deleted tweet, which was captured by Fader, a fan asked the fem-cee about her song with the rap mogul, to which Nicki replied on May 21: "It's coming in 3 more days."

Nicki, who recently teamed with Jay's wife Beyonce on "Feeling Myself," has a history of working with Jay -- the duo shared a beat on Rick Ross' "Monster."

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Friday
May222015

Eminem Teases Single from Southpaw Soundtrack in New Ad

Aftermath RecordsEminem not only serves as an executive producer on the upcoming flick, Southpaw, but he also will contribute to the official soundtrack.

The rapper has recorded a song called "Phenomenal," which will be the first single from the film, starring actor Jake Gyllenhaal. A clip of the song can be heard in a commercial for Beats by Dre, in which Em raps: "When you feel like you’re running out of fuel / I’ll show you how to use doubter’s fuel / I am phenomenal."

Directed by Antoine Fuqua, Southpaw follows Gyllenhaal's character, the reigning light heavyweight boxing champion of the world. The film hits theaters July 24, co-starring 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Rita Ora and Tyrese Gibson.

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