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Kanye West Pulls the Plug on Louis Vuitton

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Another day, another Kanye West tirade. So who is the hip hop star whining about today?

Louis Vuitton!

For those of you that actually listen to his music, you know that the rapper called himself ‘the Louis Vuitton Don’ in his debut album and then proceeded to design a line of sneakers for the luxury label in 2009. Well, how quickly things have changed!

Now, Kanye is stating he will never design for the brand again and is calling the label one of the most overpriced in the business.
This from the man that designed shoes for the label at $800 a pop. Now, who would be caught dead paying that amount of money for this douche’s shoes?

We got bills to pay!!

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Image via Louis Vuitton

Kanye West Talks Kim, Thinks She Doesn’t Want Him For His Money

Kanye West recently gave an interview, an interview of the freakin’ century. In the sit down, Ye talks about his public persona, Kim, disagreeing with other celebs and Jesus.

It’s really hard to sum it up other than saying, it is the best interview of all time.

Check out the highlights below. They will change your life. Or not.

On his public persona:

“What I think I’ve done up to now by having this ‘in-question perception’ … I’ve allowed myself a clean slate to go anywhere. If I hadn’t made “New Slaves,” then I couldn’t have had that portrayal of Jesus [on stage]. And then I would be on a slippery slope of ‘control of perception,’ as opposed to just being extremely creative and expressing exactly what I wanted to do, whether people took it as a mistake or not.”

“A lot of times people look at celebrities like a video game character or an avatar. And I’m gonna tell you what up with me: My joystick is all the way out the plug. You ain’t controlling this avatar in any way. There’s only one person that walks this earth, or one level of greatness that can control me, and that’s God.”
“This the Jesus Generation. Every generation is.”

On disagreeing with other celebrities and philanthropy:

“I don’t do anything for the sake of controversy. I don’t do anything for the sake of publicity.”

“My life is philanthropy. When I wake up it’s philanthropy. Everything I’m doing is ‘How can I help others?’ So if you think about the things that I’ve got the most backlash for I was actually trying to help others –maybe in the wrong way, maybe in the wrong time — but really trying to fight for … what I thought was the truth. When people say ‘Kanye’s crazy’ sometimes I’m like, ‘I feel like I’m the only one not crazy, I’m the only one not limited, I’m the only one not afraid. You get to be afraid a little bit, but bravery is not not having fear, it’s overcoming fear.”

He adds, “I feel like a little bit, like, I’m the Braveheart of creativity.”

On spending the rest of his life with Kim:

“She’s the love of my life. She gave me a beautiful daughter,” he said. “She has a beautiful amazing family that is now my family.”

“Just the stability in this astronaut ride of life, particularly of fame, to have someone who understands. Who’s that sweet. Who doesn’t want me for my money,” he said, before joking. “She looks pretty good too.”

On being a new father has helped him to be more focused not only in music, but helping others:

“It’s one thing for me to say I want to do things to help the world…It’s another thing to really have a family, to really understand what it means to be a dad,” he said. “It gives you a real perspective of the American dream the world dream. The meaning of life to me is life itself, family.”

On his faith:
“Much of my creativity is fueled by faith, which has always played an important part of my career, notably from one of my most famous and enduring songs, “Jesus Walks.” I’m a true believer, and I’m not in the music industry to ruffle feathers.”

“I create like I’m like three years old, have you ever talked to a three-year-old? See a three-year-old painting? A three-year-old learned to love Jesus.”

He also saw this movie with monsters in it, he might draw it in the same painting. That’s the way I create.” He adds, ”I don’t take some responsibility to what some backlash…I only take responsibility to The Lord. I’m trying to make my bed up in the Kingdom as soft as possible.”

This guy is interesting. That’s all I’ve got.

Robin Thicke Talks Sex, Wants You To Love Him

Robin Thicke is featured in ELLE’s November ‘Cherchez La Femme’ discussing growing up with his ladies’ man father, Alan Thicke, and what his wife likes to listen to in the bedroom.

On his childhood with father (and reputed ladies’ man) Alan Thicke:

“My dad was single my whole pubescent period. He had Ms. Alabama, Ms. Dominican Republic – every week. I was like, Dang Pops. He had an indoor Jacuzzi, and he frequented it. The first time I saw a naked woman was when I went to take a shower one morning before school. I was like, Who is this girl in my shower?”

On his wife wanting to listen to his music in the bedroom:

“She likes to do it more than ever now. Sometimes she’ll even play groupie for me.”

What he considers his gift and his curse:

“I really want to be loved. What drives me to make music is love – whether it’s shallow or deep or whatever. I want to do things that make people love me.”

Image via Wireimage

Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones Team Up For New Album

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones have teamed up to record Foreverly, an unforgettable 12-song collection inspired by Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, an album of traditional Americana songs reinterpreted, recorded, and released by The Everly Brothers in 1958. Recorded in nine days, Foreverly, captures the beauty of the Everly’s stunning close harmonies to create a moving powerful testament to these rootsy ballads. Reprise Records will release album on November 25th.

Jones and Armstrong reinterpret several traditional songs, including “Roving Gambler,” “Down In The Willow Garden,” “Long Time Gone,” “Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?,” and “Barbara Allen,” as well as country tunes like “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” (written by Gene Autry and Jimmy Long) and Karl Davis’ “Kentucky.”

“I’ve been a big fan of The Everly Brothers since I was a little boy,” Armstrong says. “A couple of years ago, I discovered Songs Our Daddy Taught Us for the first time, and I fell in love with it. I was playing it every day and thought it would be a cool idea to re-do the record, but with a female singer. I thought of Norah because she can sing anything, from rock to jazz to blues, and I knew her harmonies would be amazing. I thought the songs would take on a different meaning working with her, and she has a really good ear for arrangements. I was mainly intrigued by these old traditionals, country songs, and hymns. When we were done with the album, Norah looked at me and said, ‘I bet you didn’t think you were going to make a country record, huh?’”

Jones, a long-time Everly Brothers fan herself, who used to cover “Bird Dog” in a previous band, describes herself as “a sucker for harmonies and country music.” Also, she says, “Billie Joe’s enthusiasm about the songs and his low-key, open approach to the music was very inviting. He wasn’t set in his ideas, which made it fun for us both to sort of discover what felt right for us, musically.”

Armstrong and his engineer, Chris Dugan, traveled to New York to record with Jones at The Magic Shop in Manhattan with two of Jones’ favorite musicians, bassist Tim Luntzel and drummer Dan Rieser. Armstrong and Jones played guitar and piano. Charlie Burnham on fiddle and Johnny Lam on pedal steel guitar rounded out the band. “It was super fun and experimental,” Jones says. “I loved that the original was completely stripped down and a little more obscure. There was a lot of room to interpret the songs in our own way.”

The track-listing for Foreverly is as follows:

“Roving Gambler”
“Long Time Gone”
“Lightning Express”
“That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine”
“Down In The Willow Garden”
“Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet”
“Oh So Many Years”
“Barbara Allen”
“Rockin’ Alone (In An Old Rockin’ Chair”
“I’m Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail”
“Kentucky”
“Put My Little Shoes Away”

I think this is an interesting collaboration! I would have never paired these two together but I’m excited to hear it!

CELEB SPOTTING: Rick Ross, Skinny Now

Rick Ross (debuting a much slimmer frame) hosted the legendary “Prestige Sunday” party (Sunday October 13, 2013) at BAMBOO Miami Beach celebrating DJ Camilo’s birthday. DJ Epps and DJ E-Feezy kept the music pumping the party til the wee hours of the morning. Other celebs were there for the birthday celebration: FLOrida, Busta Rhymes, FABOLOUS and French Montana. It was a PACKED house, the line stretched outside for blocks, one of the best parties in Sunday history at BAMBOO!

And how good does Ross look? I mean, for being Rick Ross he looks much healthier, right?

THE PRETTY RECKLESS Premiere Official Music Video For ‘Going to Hell’

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As Taylor Momsen and her chaos-loving, hard-hitting rock band THE PRETTY RECKLESS continue to steamroll through the U.S. and Canada on their current headlining tour (full tour itinerary below), they’ve premiered the official video “Going To Hell” today (10/16) on VEVO.com. The clip was directed by Tim Mattia (Marilyn Manson Cage, The Elephant, Young Guns) The song is the title track from their highly anticipated sophomore full-length album out early 2014 on Razor & Tie.

“The new video for ‘Going to Hell’ captures the right look for the sound of the band,” says MOMSEN. It’s a subtle blast of sins and rock and roll meant to be watched over and over until the real meaning of the song sinks in. We’re psyched for it to come out and for the fans to see it.”

So far THE PRETTY RECKLESS has previewed three songs off GOING TO HELL on their website Goingtohell.me/hell/ that was launched with a haunting album trailer, followed by the lyric video for the bracing “Follow Me Down” and a teaser for “Burn.” The latter song shows another side of the hard rocking band. Against a lone acoustic guitar, MOMSEN vocally digs deep into her lyrics about a dark, fractured relationship.

THE PRETTY RECKLESS formed in 2009 and released their debut album LIGHT ME UP in 2010 and a follow- up EP HIT ME LIKE A MAN in 2012. After two years on the road supporting LIGHT ME UP, the band has risen through rock ‘n’ roll’s ranks to become a polarizing presence. Over the course of their debut and EP, the quartet has sold over 1 million combined albums and digital tracks and have supported Evanescence, Guns N’ Roses and Marilyn Manson on tour in addition to headline runs in both the U.S. and abroad. Now, MOMSEN and her bandmates are delivering nothing short of killer performances on their current “Going To Hell Tour” with a set list including new material off GOING TO HELL and the group’s debut LP LIGHT ME UP.

Check it out below.

FIRST LISTEN: Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally”

She has a new album called Prism, with a hit single Roar. But what does the rest of Prism sound like?

Well, I’ll let you know right now. No matter what, Katy is going to sell copies like nobody’s business.

We recently got a sneak peek of her rumored next single called “Unconditionally”. So is this another anthemic love song? Yep, pretty much. Katy keeps it a safe hit with the lyrical declaration, “I will love you unconditionally.”

I would have to say if this song was to be compared to a previous track, we’d have to say that Firework could be its sister.

Yes, it’s another Perry love song. Yes, it’s another feel good track. And yes, I feel all warm and cozy when I hear the lyrics.

This will most definitely be another power anthem that fans are going to make another hit. If you feel like crawling in a corner because some jerk broke your heart, you’re going to want to listen to this song to get you through it.

It is that kind of song. Check out a sneak peek of Katy Perry’s Unconditionally below and then let me know what you think. Is this another potential hit for Perry? I’m pretty sure it is.

Kellie Pickler’s Fourth Album To Be Released On New Label

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KELLIE PICKLER is set to release her, fourth studio album, THE WOMAN I AM, on NOVEMBER 11th, 2013. Fans are now able to pre-order physical The Woman I Am bundles on www.KelliePickler.com.

The Monday release comes on the heels of Kellie’s winning Season 16 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars with dance partner Derek Hough earlier this year and marks her album debut on Black River Entertainment.

“The Woman I Am is the perfect marriage of uptempo and ballads, traditional and contemporary…Kellie Pickler shows that in addition to being one of Country Music’s most dominant personalities – she’s also one of it’s most effective singers. Hopefully, this album will show that to the masses!” – Chuck Dauphin, Billboard.com

Produced by Luke Wooten and Frank Liddell, The Woman I Am is comprised of 12 new songs including “Someone Somewhere Tonight” and Kellie’s current radio single, “Little Bit Gypsy.” Three of the tracks found on The Woman I Am were co-written by Kellie, including the title track, which she co-wrote with her husband Kyle Jacobs.

“I was doing an interview,” shared Kellie, “And a gentleman said, ‘So, if I were to tell someone who doesn’t listen to country music and is not familiar with you to get one song off iTunes to download that kind of describes you in a nutshell, what would it be?’ I thought and then I said, ‘I don’t think I’ve written it yet, but I’m going to,’ and my husband and I wrote it that night.”

Here is the tracklisting:

The Woman I Am
1. “Little Bit Gypsy” (Kyle Jacobs, Tammi Kidd Hutton and Fred Wilhelm)
2. “Ring For Sale” (Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers)
3. “Buzzin’” (TJ Osborne, John Osborne and Steve Moakler)
4. “The Woman I Am” (Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs)
5. “Closer To Nowhere” (Carson Chamberlain, Wade Kirby and Phil O’Donnell)
6. “Selma Drye” (Kellie Pickler, Billy Montana and Phillip Lammonds)
7. “I Forgive You” (Busbee, Hillary Lindsey and Aimee Mayo)
8. “Bonnie And Clyde” (Kellie Pickler, Kyle Jacobs and Liz Rose)
9. “Where Did Your Love Go” (Kalisa Ewing and Rivers Rutherford)
10. “No Cure For Crazy” (Kyle Jacobs, Joe Leathers, Billy Montana and John Ozier)
11. “Tough All Over” (Gary Nicholson and Leslie Satcher)
12. “Someone Somewhere Tonight” (Davis Raines and Walt Wilkins)

Will you be buying?

Pharrell Williams Is Hitched!

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The super producer has finally wifed his girlfriend of several years Helen Lasichanh, according to reports.

The lovebirds, who are parents to – get this – 4 year-old son Rocket Man Williams were married in front of a slew of other celebrities, including Usher, Busta Rhymes, and other stars in the world of music and entertainment.

We should have seen this coming as the two applied for a marriage license on October 7th. But because we did not, it is only further proof that if stars really want to keep their private lives private, it is indeed possible.

There are no official photos yet from their wedding ceremony, but rumored to be there was star photographer Terry Richardson, who will probably be releasing some o the general public in 5,4,3,2…

Congratulations to the couple and here’s to many years of wedded bliss together!

Additional reporting: A. Neff King

Kelly Clarkson Sets The Record Straight on Her Rumored Miley Cyrus Slam

Kelly Clarkson wants to expand on that “pitchy strippers” comment she made while watching the MTV VMA’s.

Our friends at Extra TV gave us the scoop. “Extra’s” AJ Calloway sat down with Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson on Thursday, where she set the record straight about her controversial “Pitchy Strippers” tweet surrounding the MTV VMA’s and her true feelings on Miley Cyrus.

Kelly making it clear, “Pitchy strippers… It was more me just being funny. I guess I saw about 6 performances from it (The VMA’s) and I was just being funny…Everybody says stuff and I didn’t even put names on it…People did not think it was funny. I did. That’s ok, I make myself laugh.”

AJ saying everyone associated Kelly’s “Pitchy Stippers” VMA tweet with Miley Cyrus’ performance, Kelly insisting, “That’s not my fault. I didn’t say any names… I’m not dragging anyone’s name in the mud. Everybody’s art is their art. I was just simply expressing my artistic point of view… Ain’t nothing wrong with being a stripper, maybe be on key… Be the best dang stripper you can be.”

As far as Kelly’s thoughts on Miley’s VMA performance and music, Kelly revealing, “My favorite is actually ‘Wrecking Ball.’ I love that song. That’s a killer song. And I just love the intimacy…” And as for Kelly’s review of Miley’s “SNL” performance, Kelly saying, “It’s outstanding. I love it. I love that song and she’s quite a singer.”

Before You Exit Covers Katy Perry’s Roar

The pop trio, known as Before You Exit, have released a cover for Katy Perry’s hit song, “Roar”. Releasing their new EP, I Like That, on February 4th, these young pop-rockers combine catchy hooks, charm, with the great musicianship to make an adorable group you will be seeing everywhere in 2013!

The Orlando-based band began a few years ago with brothers Connor McDonough, 19, (Vocals/Guitar) and Riley McDonough, 17, (Vocals), only recently did the band bring in younger brother Toby McDonough, 15, on vocals. Unlike many bands of brothers, Oasis and The Black Crowes come to mind, the trio work harmoniously. “We actually get along really well. We all have our thing and work in categories by preference,” Connor says. “I write vocal melodies, Riley writes lyrics, and Toby helps with both. There are never fights because each of us can do our own thing, but also contribute to each other.”

Just releasing their brand new EP in February 2013, the three brothers have crafted a soaring pop album of uplifting relationship songs that effortlessly blend sharp hooks with bright and buoyant rock. The album standout and first single, “I Like That”, is a tune with tenderly romantic lyrics and big pop-rock beat. Ryan Daly and Anthony Improgo, along with Connor McDonough, produced the new album. “They really listened to what we wanted to do and let us try out our ideas, no matter how crazy,” Connor says laughing. “Because of that, we feel really connected to the way the recording turned out,” Riley adds.

Before You Exit’s debut EP, Letting Go (March 2011), and most recent release, I Like That have been critically acclaimed by the likes of MTV, J-14, Seventeen, Teen Just Jared, Girls Life, just to name a few. The band has also gained a great buzz from touring in support of Allstar Weekend, All Time Low, Action Item, and more!

Conjuring up the optimism in the band’s name-inspired by the sentiment “make a difference before you exit” – the band works daily to make their way to the top but they never fail to stop and appreciate what has got them thus far. There’s no way we’d be anywhere without our incredible fans. They are behind us every step of the way and are a huge piece of this band,” states youngest brother, Toby. In light of the many short lived and fly by night artists, this young, singer/songwriting, brother driven band, is one to be around for a while.

These guys are the real deal! Check out their cover of Roar below.

Dani Elliott: Make Me Love You

There are voices for a generation, and then there are voices that defy any age. Dani Elliott has that timeless voice that beckons you to invest in a lifetime of musical treasures. The chanteuse is known for her silky voice, engaging arrangements, and insightful lyrics. For those that have been waiting for a taste of new music from her, the wait is now over.

Her new EP, Make Me Love You is a lovesong to her fans and an incomparable testament to the spirit of the truly independent artist, with Elliott writing and producing the bulk of her latest offering.
Dani’s polish and shine is never more evident than through a live performance. If you happen to be in the New York area on October 10th, she is performing songs from Make Me Love You. For a sneak peak at her musical prowess, her latest video is now available online.

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Photographer: Rae Maxwell
Band Camp: danielliott.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DaniElliottMusic
Tumbler: www.danielliott.tumblr.com
ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/danielliott

additional reporting: A. Neff King

John Legend’s All Of Me Video Features His Wedding Footage

Nine-time Grammy Award winning artist John Legend has released the music video for “All of Me,” the third single from his critically acclaimed fourth studio album Love in the Future. The single – a follow up to the acclaimed “Made to Love,” was produced by Legend and longtime collaborator Dave Tozer. The video was directed by Nabil Elderkin (Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, etc.) features Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen along with footage from the couple’s recent nuptials in Lake Como, Italy.

After a quick break to celebrate, Legend will kick off his “Made to Love” tour on October 20th and has announced that the creative direction for the tour is being crafted and conceived by director Meredith Danluck with The Amoveo Company, the production company headed by Benjamin Millepied and Nicholas Britell. Production and Lighting Design is by Nook Schoenfeld from Visual Ventures Design. Video Programming and Additional Content Creation by John Featherstone and Austin Shapley from Lightswitch Inc.

The 20+ stop tour begins October 20th in Mashantucket, CT and will make stops across the US and Canada, including Washington DC, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Award-winning singer, reality star and talk show host Tamar Braxton, whose album Love and War also drops September 3rd, has been confirmed as a special guest throughout the tour. Ticket & on-sale information can be found at www.JohnLegend.com.

Check out the video below!

Lauryn Hill’s Tax Evasion Tour In the Works

As we predicted, Lauryn Hill is about to start singing for her supper again!

The recently sprung ex-Fugees member was recently released from the clink for tax evasion and now that her three months is up, Hill is looking to make some cash to pay off the balance and feed her children (she had 5 the last time we counted).

According to sources, Hill was set to have home detention for the next three months, but she has asked the judge presiding over her case to give her permission to perform and make some money and he bought it. With that out of the way, Lauryn is busy trying to promote her new single and book venues to promote it.

Hey, it’s either this or sing ‘No Woman, No Cry’ on the sidewalks and we cannot have our hip hop legends doing that, right?!

additional reporting: A. Neff King

SNEAK PEEK: MACHETE KILLS – Lady Gaga “Aura” Trailer

Lady Gaga makes her acting debut in the upcoming movie MACHETE KILLS alongside an all-star cast featuring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Carlos Estevez, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson. Check out this new trailer for MACHETE KILLS featuring a sneak preview of Lady Gaga’s never-before-released song “Aura” — from her forthcoming album ARTPOP, available November 11. To celebrate the song, MACHETE KILLS created a special lyric video featuring the entire “Aura” song that will launch Tuesday, October 8. Stay tuned to @MacheteKills for the launch of the lyric video!