Music News


New Music Tuesdays...
Out this week (11/18):
  • Nickelback - No Fixed Address
  • One Direction - Four
  • TV on the Radio - Seeds
  • Soundtrack: Christmas at Downton Abbey
  • Soundtrack: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Out next week (11/25):
  • Iggy Azalea - Reclassified
  • Beyonce - Beyonce (Platinum Edition)
  • Deadmau5 - 5 Years of Mau5
  • Eminem - SHADYXV
  • Selena Gomez - For You
  • David Guetta - Listen
  • Pitbull - Globalization
  • Soundtrack: Big Here 6
  • Soundtrack: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

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Taylor Swift - 1989
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Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
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Pink Floyd - The Endless River
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Garth Brooks - Man Against Machine
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Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
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George Strait - The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium
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Source: Soundscan, November 29, 2014


CHARLI XCX ADMIRES BEYONCE'S FEMINIST VISUALS
Charli XCX has opened up about her views on feminism. Charli told Nylon magazine, "I'm not knocking anyone, but in terms of male media, for them to want to listen to anything about feminism, it has to come from someone they think is stereotypically beautiful -- which is, I guess, a tiny bit progressive."

She continued, "But at my shows -- especially for the girls -- I want them to feel like they are empowering themselves by being wild and doing whatever the f*ck they want. I get tampons thrown on the stage as well as bras and panties. Not used. They're clean, but there's gonna be a used one at one point, and I'm ready for it."

  • She added, "I admire women like Beyonce for putting themselves on the line and having visuals that say 'feminism.'"
  • Charli went on to reveal how she became so comfortable in her own skin, saying, "I feel very comfortable in my own skin right now. I've never stripped as a stripper, but when I was younger and playing at raves, I would take off some of my clothes -- which was kind of weird because sometimes my parents would be there."
  • Charli is featured on the December/January issue of the mag.


CHER CANCELS THE REST OF 'DRESSED TO KILL' TOUR
Cher has had to cancel the rest of her "Dressed to Kill" tour as she recovers from an illness. According to E! News, Cher said in a statement, "I am totally devastated. Nothing like this has ever happened to me. I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets. I'm so proud of this show. It is my best ever."

She added, "I sincerely hope that we can come back again next year and finish what we started."

  • Cher has already skipped six dates in November and has 23 remaining between this weekend and February.


MADONNA AND NICKI MINAJ TEAMING UP FOR A NEW TRACK
Digital Spy has reported that Madonna and Nicki Minaj have worked together on a new record. DJ/producer Diplo told the Australian publication, In The Mix, "You'd be surprised…me and SOPHIE did a bunch of stuff together. We're going to be releasing it. I did a record that was literally SOPHIE and Madonna and Nicki Minaj."

Diplo added, "All I want to do is things that haven't been done before. I want to leave behind those weird things."

  • Madonna's forthcoming album is expected to drop next year.

NICKI MINAJ TO HOST AND PERFORM ON 'SNL'

In other news, Saturday Night Live has announced its schedule for their hosts and musical guests for December. According to Cosmopolitan, Nicki, Charli XCX and One Direction will all be performing on SNL next month. Nicki and 1D however will serve as the host as well as the musical guest.


ED SHEERAN BACKS CAMPAIGN TO HELP HOMELESSNESS
Ed Sheeran is supporting a Crisis campaign to help those homeless in England find a place to live. According to Digital Spy, Ed signed a petition for the No One Turned Away campaign -- which encourages politicians to review the help that single homeless people in England get from the government.

The singer explained, "When I volunteered at Crisis I met people who'd been forced to sleep on the street. Homelessness is a horrifying experience and no one should have to go through it. That's why I've signed the Crisis No One Turned Away petition. Right now, the system is failing homeless people. We need to demand change so that every homeless person can get the help they need."

  • The petition currently has 14,000 signatures.


JORDIN SPARKS FUELS ROMANCE RUMORS?
Jordin Sparks has teased a new collab with R&B singer Elijah Blake. Jordin posted a photo with the singer on Instagram with a caption that said, "Faaaaav! This dude is so talented (grab Drift on iTunes) & is just a great person. So happy to know you, my friend! @sirelijahblake." Moments later, Blake uploaded the same photo saying, "One of the most beautiful Souls @jordinsparks."

Fans then began to question of the two have sparked a romance. One fan said, "Well that didn't take long? Or they just friends?" Another wrote, "Haven't learned huh." One fan even said, "Well you two look lush together and ur way better looking than jason derulo @sirelijahblake."

  • Jordin broke up with ex-boyfriend Jason Derulo back in September.


KEVIN JONAS TALKS HIS EXPERIENCE ON 'CELEBRITY APPRENTICE'
Kevin Jonas has given the deets on his experience on Celebrity Apprentice. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the JoBro said, "It's been quite an interesting process. They call it the Celebrity Apprentice diet. So when we start working on the show, instantly you start to lose weight because the amount of work is grueling. But it is so much fun and I'm just blown away that I've gotten the opportunity to be a part of it, a show I've been a fan of for a long time."

He continued, "I learned a lot about myself. I think you'll see a different side of me than in the past, a little more abrupt with my words because I didn't want to put up with anything. Business is business and that's the way it is."

  • Kevin added, "You know a couple of the guys are really, really competitive. Ian Ziering is really competitive, Geraldo, there are a couple of the women that are amazing. Leeza Gibbons; she's incredibly poised, a really great competitor. Honestly, I'm in it to win it and we'll see what happens."
  • The show is set to premiere on NBC on January 4, 2015.


QUICKIES
LILY ALLEN'S RECORD LABEL IS NO MORE: Lily Allen's record label has been shut down. According to Digital Spy via the UK's The Sun, the singer founded her own imprint INTO (In The Name Of) in partnership with Sony back in 2011, but it has been forced to shut down. Lily's artist Tom Odell has moved to Columbia Records which is also owned by Sony Music. Lily's spokesperson said, "In the meantime she is very happy that Tom Odell's records will be released on Columbia, who were the distributors for ITNO. Lily will shortly be announcing a new signing/consulting role for another label."

SELENA GOMEZ TRACKS LEAK: Selena Gomez's tracks "Do It" and "My Dilemma 2.0" leaked on the net last night (November 20th). According to Digital Spy, the songs are set to feature on Selena's greatest hits album For You. The album is set to be released on November 24th.

LANA DEL REY FEATURES IN ELI ROTH-MARILYN MANSON VIDEO: Lana Del Rey has been featured in a short film with Marilyn Monroe and Eli Roth where she is shown being raped. In the scene featuring Lana, she is dressed in a t-shirt and underwear and is struggling to fight Roth off of her while she is on a bed. He then appears to assault her. Afterwards, Lana cries as he walks away. According to Gossip Cop, the clip was filmed a couple of years ago, but has just surfaced the net. In a 2013 interview with Larry King, Roth said, "The footage is so sick, it’s been locked in a vault for over a year."

PITBULL'S NEW ALBUM DROPPING SOON: Pitbull's new album Globalization is set to be released next week. The album features collabs with Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo, Sean Paul, John Ryan, G.R.L., Bebe Rexha, Claudia Leitte and more. The album will be in stores on November 24th. Meanwhile, Pitbull will appear on Good Morning America on the day his album drops as well as The View and Jimmy Kimmel Live Outdoor Stage on November 25th.

IS RIHANNA TEAMING UP WITH PUMA?: According to The New York Daily News, Rihanna may be inking a seven figure deal to design sneakers and clothing for Puma. A source told the newspaper that the focus will be shoes, "but she will also be helping with pants and tops." In addition to producing footwear and apparel, the contract is said to ensure RiRi is seen out and about wearing Puma gear, and prevent her from wearing any rival-brands.

USHER REVEALS WHY HE PUSHED BACK HIS UPCOMING ALBUM: Usher has revealed why his eighth album has been pushed back. He told MTV News, "The record company will be shocked, but I didn’t plan on putting out an album this year because I just didn’t feel like I was ready. This is a very important and significant album for me it’s my eighth album, I don’t know if it’s something about that number." He added that he just wanted to make sure the album was right because he "hadn't put the soul of it in yet."

IGGY AZALEA RESPONDS TO EMINEM: Iggy Azalea has responded to Eminem's recent jabs towards her. On the song "Vegas," the Detroit MC spit, "If I let you run alongside the Humvee/Unless you’re Nicki, grab you by the wrist, let’s ski/So what’s it gon’ be? Put that sh*t away Iggy/You don’t wanna blow that rape whistle on me/Scream! I love it. ‘Fore I get lost with the gettin’ off.’" She wrote via Twitter yesterday (November 20th), "im bored of the old men threatening young women as entertainment trend and much more interested in the young women getting $ trend. zzzz. its especially akward because my 14 year old brother is the biggest eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me. nice!" She continued, "women in music have the bigger balls anyhow we endure much more harassment and critic."