Music News


New Music Tuesdays...
Out this week (10/28):
  • Goo Goo Dolls - Otis Midnight Sessions
  • Live - The Turn
  • Taylor Swift - 1989
  • Various: NOW 52
Out next week (11/4):
  • Ani DiFranco - Allergic to Water
  • Calvin Harris - Motion
  • Bette Midler - It's the Girls

Top Albums

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Slipknot - 5: The Gray Chapter
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T.I. - Paperwork
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Neil Diamond - Melody Road
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Logic - Under Pressure
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Pentatonix - That's Christmas to Me
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Annie Lennox - Nostalgia
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Source: Soundscan, November 8, 2014


KANYE WEST POPS UP AT OPEN-MIC IN NEW JERSEY
Up-and-coming emcees were caught by surprise when Kanye West popped up at an open mic in Jersey City, NJ earlier this week. According to NJ.com, Ye made an impromptu visit at The Dopeness which holds a hip-hop open mic once a month. Apparently, Kanye made the appearance to see one of his closest friends' daughter Jahmila Sandifer -- who goes by Jay Hype, perform her showcase debut.

The restaurant's owner, Jon Scanlon said, "It happened so fast and everyone was in shock. It was a 15-minute thing. I walked him to the back, he used the restroom. He came and gave her a big hug and a kiss, watched her perform, and he was out."

  • Sandifer was even shocked by Ye's pop up and said, "Kanye is a very, very big idol in my life and I try to incorporate the stuff he does into my work. He gives me pointers and I take it very seriously…his opinion is always in the back of my mind."
  • After the performance, Kanye reportedly texted Jay Hype's dad, saying, "Baby LeBron killed it."


CHRIS BROWN SETTLES TWO LAWSUITS OUTSIDE OF COURT
TMZ has reported that Chris Brown has settled two of his lawsuits outside of court. According to the site, Breezy struck a deal where he paid around $100,000 to settle his D.C. assault case as well as the lawsuit involving Frank Ocean's crew outside of a studio in L.A.

Although Frank's cousin originally sued Breezy for $3 million, they settled for just under $20,000.

  • As previously reported, Breezy is said to be off probation by January 2015.


NICK JONAS TALKS CAREER POST-JONAS BROTHERS SPLIT
Nick Jonas has opened up about his career post the Jonas Brothers' split. Nick -- who is featured in the November issue of Nylon magazine, told the mag, "I’m in a season of my life where I feel really fortunate to have had a whole career, and now I almost get to start over. I’ve opened my mind up to some different inspirations."

He also spoke on his upcoming tour, saying, "It will be great just to get my feet back under me and learn how to perform again."

  • Nick even touched on returning to television and said, "It’s really intense and raw. It doesn’t hold anything back. I could sit here and try and guess who’s going to watch, but you never know until it’s up and out there."


REPORT: ARIANA GRANDE SPENDING THE HOLIDAYS WITH BIG SEAN
Rumor has it that Ariana Grande will be spending the holidays with her boyfriend Big Sean. According to Radar Online, a source said, "They are both totally in love with each and she feels that he is her soul partner. They are even planning to spend their first holiday as a couple together!"

  • Ariana confirmed that she and Big Sean are dating earlier this month.


THE MOTHER OF MATHEW KNOWLES' SECOND LOVE CHILD SPEAKS OUT
TaQoya Branscomb, the mother of Mathew Knowles' second love child has spoken out on Beyonce's dad being the father of their four-year-old daughter Koi. As previously reported, Knowles denied the child, claiming that he was incapable of fathering anymore children because he had a vasectomy. In a snippet from an interview with Inside Edition, Branscomb revealed Papa Knowles' response when she told him that he was the father of their child, saying, "'Well, you can't get pregnant by me. You know, this can't be my child.' Can't deny it once the DNA test comes out 99.9 percent that you are the father."

  • Branscomb also revealed that Koi likes to sing and dance and hopes that she can meet her half-sisters Bey and Solange one day.
Click here to listen to: MATHEW KNOWLES BABY MAMA SPEAKS OUT


LADY GAGA AND TONY BENNETT TO STAR IN H&M CHRISTMAS COMMERCIAL
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have joined forces with H&M for a new Christmas campaign. According to Digital Spy, the duo will perform their record "Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" -- off of their album Cheek to Cheek, in the company's commercial.

The director of the ad, Johan Renck said, "We were inspired by the glitz, glamour, and opulence of the 1940s Big Band era. The mood is one of festive celebration shot through with a strong sense of fashion and an underlying humor. It is intriguing, curious, exuberant, audacious, and filled with wonder."

  • The ad will also feature models and other celebs showing off their Christmas spirit.
  • The commercial will premiere on H&M's official website on November 25th.


TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAKS ON ALBUM SALES EXPECTATIONS
Sales predictions for Taylor Swift's latest album 1989 came out earlier this week predicting that the album will sell 1 million copies in its first week. Taylor has opened up about how she handles the pressure of her record sales expectations. She told us, "Well, I have to be very realistic about the level of expectation placed on me because it’s there. It’s there whether I choose to ignore it or not. People are gonna look at that first-week number and they’re gonna compare it to everything I’ve done before, regardless of what the industry is doing numbers-wise, regardless of the fact that there are less albums being sold in general. They’re always going to judge me based on what I’ve done before, but I’ve never been more proud of something before, so I have days where I prioritize it too much and I think, ‘Wow, it’s kind of unfair that there’s so much pressure,’ but then again I realize that there’s a tradeoff to getting to do what you love and getting to have this many people pay attention to when you put out an album, so the way that I handle the pressure is I just make sure if I’m going to put out a new album it has to be better than everything I’ve done before or else I’m not going to put it out, so that was the standard under which I created this album."

In other news, Taylor has revealed that although she has a love for songwriting, she hasn't ruled out other writing projects. According to The Huffington Post, Taylor chatted with NYC public school kids, on Skype along with kids in Michigan and California. She then explained, "But since then, I've discovered music and that's the form of writing that inspires me the most. It's not to say that I wouldn't expand the mediums and the ways that I choose to write. What if I end up writing a script or a book, or a book of poetry or something? That would be so amazing. I would love to see that happen."

  • Taylor then said that the students offered her several book suggestions as she prepares for flights to promote her new album. She continued, "I definitely walked away with a few suggestions, which I appreciate because with the way the schedule's been it's kind of lower priority and it shouldn't be. I could read about other characters' feelings and other characters' lives and their triumphs and their downfalls and it took me to a place that alleviated the pain of my reality, and that's what music does for me."
Click here to listen to: TAYLOR SWIFT ON ALBUM EXPECTATIONS


QUICKIES
ED SHEERAN JOINS SAM SMITH ON STAGE: Ed Sheeran joined Sam Smith on stage at Sam's show at the Albert Hall in Manchester, England. The two performed a duet of Sam's record "Stay With Me." Sam tweeted about the duet, saying, "So amazing to have this KING @teddysphotos on stage with me tonight. Such a wise and true friend to have. Love ya brother x."

ROBIN THICKE AND PHARRELL LOSE FIRST MAJOR WAR IN 'BLURRED LINES' SUIT: According to Billboard, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost the first major war in their suit against Marvin Gaye's family over his hit "Blurred Lines." Gaye's family claimed the song steals from Gaye's "Got To Give It Up." According to Billboard, a judge denied Robin and Pharrell's motion for summary judgment yesterday (October 30th) citing that there is enough evidence to move on with the family's claim. Robin and Pharrell filed a lawsuit back in September after they were threatened with legal action by the Gaye family, who countersued based on Thicke’s "Marvin Gaye fixation" and recent admission that he had lied to the media.

DID NICKI MINAJ'S EX SPEAK ON THEIR BREAKUP?: Safaree Samuels -- the ex-boyfriend of Nicki Minaj, is unbothered by her new single "Only" featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. On the track, Nicki raps about what she would do if she slept with Drake and Wayne. SB tweeted about the new song, "you do know i was there when 'only' was recorded and received right?? that song is new to yall not me give it a rest ppl months old." VLAD TV also revealed that SB may have spoken out on his breakup with Nicki when a fan asked was he ok. He wrote, "im out but not 100 thank yall."