Music News


New Music Tuesdays...
Out this week (7/31):
  • Finger Eleven - Five Crooked Lines
  • Joss Stone - Water for Your Soul
Out next week (8/7):
  • Luke Bryan - Kill the Lights
  • tobyMac - This Is Not a Test

Top Albums

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Tyrese - Black Rose
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Taylor Swift - 1989
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Meek Mill - Dreams Worth More than Money
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Kidz Bop Kids - Kidz Bop 29
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Ed Sheeran - X
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Sam Hunt - Montevallo
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Meghan Trainor - Title
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Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
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Maroon 5 - V
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Source: Soundscan, August 1, 2015


MADONNA DEFENDS TIDAL
Madonna has opened up about Tidal's core mission. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Madge -- who is one of the co-owner's of the streaming service, said, "It’s just the beginning, so we’re working out a lot of kinks and hopefully we’re going to build something unique and amazing that’s going to attract a lot of people."

  • She continued, "It’s important that people understand we didn’t create Tidal, we didn’t put this together, we didn’t all join forces because we’re broke and we want more money. The idea is we want to support other artists and we want people to understand this is our heart, this is our work, and we want people to recognize that and we want other artists to have a chance… We live in a society now where everybody just expects everything to be for free, but you don’t get a house for free; you have to pay somebody to build it."


MARIAH CAREY IS GETTING A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Mariah Carey is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. According to Rap-Up.com, MiMi will be receiving the 2,556th star next month and a number of Mariah's friends will speak at the ceremony including L.A. Reid, Lee Daniels, and Brett Ratner.

Ana Martinez -- the producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies, praised Mariah in a statement, saying, "Finally, all questions regarding when Mariah Carey will be honored with a star are answered! Fans have repeatedly asked us when their favorite singer would be honored, and now is the time. We are thrilled that we can add one of the world’s biggest talents to our Walk of Fame."

  • Mariah was supposed to receive her star back in 2007, but wasn't available.


BRITNEY SPEARS HAS A RECORD WITH DJ MUSTARD
Looks like the Britney Spears and DJ Mustard record is a done deal. In a recent interview the DJ/producer said, "We came up with this song, and one of the producers that I did it with he was like 'hey, Britney Spears would sound…' I was like 'is she working right now?' He was like 'yeah.'"

  • When asked what Spears is like in the studio, Mustard said that he actually didn't know. He continued, "I missed her by this much. She was in the front room where I work at. As soon as I got there they said she had just left. But they said she was vibin’. My engineer was in there though."


ED SHEERAN JOINS 'THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER'
Ed Sheeran is set to appear on a TV screen near you. According to E! News, the British singer will appear on the new FX drama The Bastard Executioner. The site has confirmed that Ed will appear periodically on the new medieval series as Sir Cormac -- whose character has been described as, "an ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder."

    The Bastard Executioner is set to debut on FX this fall.


HARRY STYLES LAUNCHES VIDEO IN SUPPORT OF ACTION/2015 CAMPAIGN
One Direction's Harry Styles has launched a video in support of the Action/2015 campaign. According to Digital Spy, the purpose of the charity is to help with global issues such as poverty, inequality and climate change. In the clip, Styles said, "I really loved my school days. When we went to Ghana we met children whose only dream was to get an education. At the moment they have to work all day, every day just to earn enough to eat. Going to school could literally change their lives, but for now all they can look forward to is a life of struggle and they deserve so much more."

Styles is joined by the likes of Shakira, Ben Affleck, Bono and Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu -- who also support the Action/2015 campaign.

  • In other news, Liam Payne ripped open Louis Tomlinson's shirt during their show in Minneapolis this past weekend. Apparently, halfway through the performance, Payne tore open Tomlinson's denim button-up shirt. Shortly after, Payne flexed is muscles, looked into the audience and planted a kiss on a fan's cheek. He then joked with the audience and said, "Don’t tell me girlfriend, I’ll get in trouble!"
  • Payne is currently dating Sophia Smith -- a girl he went to school with back in England.


RUMOR: RIHANNA IS DATING LEWIS HAMILTON
Rumor has it that Rihanna is dating Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton. According to The UK Sun, the singer was spotted on a "secret" date with Hamilton. The two was spotted at New York's Da Silvano and later partied at 1 OAK.

  • Lewis was last rumored to be dating Kendall Jenner.


QUICKIES
DOES NICKI MINAJ HAVE A GHOSTWRITER TOO?: During a recent stop on Nicki Minaj's "Pinkprint Tour," the rapper addressed comments claiming that she doesn't write her own rhymes. She said, "Til this day, I never stopped. See a b*tch a** n*gga can't write my raps. You know why? You don't have the heart or the mind frame or the motherf*cking intellect, b*tch n*gga. They don't even know how to pronounce these words in my motherf*cking raps, b*tch." As previously reported, Nicki's boyfriend Meek Mill accused Drake of having a ghostwriter and Drake followed up on Meek's claims with a diss record titled, "Charged Up."

JASON DERULO HAS A SEX TAPE?: Rumor has it that Jason Derulo has a sex tape with E! Hollywood Cycle star Carmen Ortega. According to Rumor Fix, sources are saying that major distributors in the adult film industry have already offered Ortega up to half a million dollars for the 36-minute iPhone video that was reportedly taken at the W Hotel in Hollywood. The news of the sex tape comes just two months after Ortega's laptop was stolen by a former roommate.

IS TAYLOR SWIFT 'TERRIBLY CALCULATED AND MEAN'?: According to Racked.com, back in February, Grizzly Bear's lead singer Edward Droste revealed his hatred for Taylor Swift on Twitter. In Droste's deleted tweets, he wrote, "Met a celebrity I always speculated was terribly calculated and mean, and they exceeded all my expectations of rudeness and arrogance. HATE." In a following tweet, he asked his fans not to reveal the identity of the artist he was referring to because "they see all and have the capacity and desire to destroy." Six months later, Droste sent out a tweet, confirming his hatred towards Swift. The singer posted a snippet of an article on Twitter, which said that Swift sent a dress code to her famous concert-going fans, detailing what they can and cannot wear on her tour. She also reportedly told them not to "upstage her." The mag even went as far as questioning whether or not Taylor is "Regina George 2.0" from the film Mean Girls.