Beyonce plans her fourth solo studio album for June and plays six tracks to execs. Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph reports that Sony Australia boss Denis Handlin had an audience with Sasha Fierce herself in New York, and heard six tracks from Beyonce’s forthcoming album.
Handlin told the newspaper, ‘She wants to do a big tour off the back of this record, which will include Australia. These songs, the best description I can give is groundbreaking; she’s gone to another level.’
Beyonce herself told MTV late last year that she is trying to mix every genre she loves ‘ R&B, pop, rock ‘ into ‘my own little gumbo of music.’
The album has been in the works since 2009, and producers and songwriters on it are said to include Ne-Yo, The Dream, Symbolyc One, Diplo, Switch, and Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins.
Handlin specified that Beyonce’s fourth solo album will be released in late-June this year.
Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias To Perform On “American Music Awards” Sunday. The biggest music awards show this year just got even bigger. Along with the already unbelievable line-up of performers, the Black Eyed Peas, Train, and Enrique Iglesias have all been added to the bill. Black Eyed Peas and Train, both nominees in the Favorite Band, Duo or Group category, will both hit the stage to perform their latest hits. Enrique Iglesias will be joined by Pitbull to perform, what else, their top 5 smash “I Like It.” They join a long list of previously announced acts including Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Christina Aguilera, Kid Rock, Backstreet Boys & New Kids on the Block, Justin Bieber, Pink, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Carlos Santana w/ Gavin Rossdale, Rihanna, Diddy-Dirty Money, Ne-Yo, Bon Jovi, and Usher.Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead the pack of nominees for the “2010 American Music Awards,” both earning 5 nominations each. Fans determine the votes by casting them online at the AMAs website. The “2010 American Music Awards” will air live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Sunday, November 21st at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.
Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus Added To AMAs Line-Up. Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Kid Rock, and Carlos Santana with Gavin Rossdale have all been added to the already star-studded line-up of this year’s American Music Awards. Swift, a nominee for Favorite Female Country Music Artist, is set to perform a hit off her million-plus-selling “Speak Now.”Miley Cyrus and Kid Rock, who both just took the stage at MTV’s EMAs earlier this month, will also perform. Carlos Santana and Gavin Rossdale will also take the stage. They’ll perform “Bang a Gong” off Santana’s latest album, “Guitar Heaven.” Swift, Cyrus and company join an already impressive line-up of performers that include Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, Usher, Pink, Katy Perry, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi and Diddy-Dirty Money. Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead the pack of nominees for the “2010 American Music Awards,” both earning 5 nominations each. Fans determine the votes by casting them online at the AMAs website. The “2010 American Music Awards” will air live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Sunday, November 21st at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.
Shakira, Camila Earn Nomination In New MTV Video Music Award Category. MTV is adding one more category to the list of awards being handed out as part of this year’s 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Shakira and Pitbull are among the nominees vying for the newly announced Moon Man. Shakira, Pitbull, Camila, Wisin y Yandel, Aventura, and Daddy Yankee are all in the running for the “Tr3s Latino Artist of the Year” award. Fans can cast their vote online at http://www.tr3s.com/ for their favorite artist. The award won’t be announced during the regular MTV Video Music Awards broadcast. It’ll be announced when this year’s VMA’s airs on Tr3s, formerly MTV Tr3s, on September 18th at 5pm ET/PT. None of the “Latino Artist of the Year” nominees are set to perform, but Eminem, Justin Bieber, Usher, Kanye West, Pink, Alicia Keys, Drake, Katy Perry Jay-Z, Florence + the Machine, and 30 Seconds to Mars are all set to perform. Selena Gomez, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Ashley Greene, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and more to be announced will be on hand to present. The 27th Annual MTV Video Music Awards are set to air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12th at 9pm. The special encore presentation, featuring the “Tr3s Latino Artist of the Year” winner, airs Saturday, September 18th at 5pm
Eminem To Perform At 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. With more nominations than any other male artist this year, Eminem has been announced as the latest performer to take the stage at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
The rapper has performed at the 1999, 2000, and 2002 Video Music Awards. He’ll be hitting the MTV’s VMA stage for the fourth time in his career. Eminem joins Justin Bieber and B.o.B. as performers recently added to this year’s line-up. Also set to perform are Kanye West, Usher, Florence + the Machine, Alicia Keys, Pink, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Drake, and 30 Seconds to Mars. Among the stars set to present at this years show are Ke$ha, Ashley Greene, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Emma Stone, Ne-Yo, Penn Badgley, and Trey Songz. Eminem scored eight nominations at this year’s VMA’s, including “Best Male Video,” “Best Hip Hip Video,” and “Video of the Year” for “Not Afraid.” Lady Gaga leads the pack of nominees for this year’s awards, with a record-breaking 13 nominations, including double nods for “Video of the Year.” The 27th Annual MTV Video Music Awards are set to air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12th at 9pm.
With two UK No. 1s firmly under his belt (three if you count his Black Eye Peas production ‘I Gotta Feeling’), David Guetta returns for his hat-trick with the November 22nd release of his new single ‘One Love’ that features a very special guest in the shape of Estelle. ‘One Love’ combines the talents of artist/producer/remixer/DJ David Guetta with Estelle’s graceful and emotive vocal style, making for another immediately infectious pop / dance crossover hit that could match the success of recent chart-topping singles and two of the Continue reading →
Carrie Underwood Rushes New Single ‘Cowboy Casanova’ After Unauthorized Leak An unfinished version of “Cowboy Casanova,” the lead single from Carrie Underwood’s third studio album, “Play On,” leaked online Wednesday (Sept. 2). The song’s premature unveiling prompted Underwood to rush out an official version of the track and premiere it on YouTube. ”Cowboy Casanova” was co-written by Underwood with Brett James, who penned her 2006 hit “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” and Mike Elizondo, who is best known for his work with hip-hop artists Eminem, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre. Elizondo isn’t the only unexpected collaborator working on the Continue reading →
Nirvana, Eminem, Guns n’ Roses and 50 Cent, what do they all have in common? They were all winners of MTV Video Music Awards’ Best New Artist trophies, and now Lady Gaga, Drake, Kid Cudi, Asher Roth and 3OH!3 will look to join those names as they compete in the same category at the 2009 VMAs, taking place on September 13th at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Lady Gaga has had the biggest year of the five nominees, as her The Fame spawned blockbuster hits like “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” as well as a a Rolling Stone cover story. But the buzz around Drake — and the huge sigh of anguish surrounding his leg injury, which yanks him from Lil Wayne’s Young Money tour — make him a worthy opponent. Asher Roth and 3OH!3 have had big years on the radio and on the road, and Kid Cudi’s remixes have had him on critics’ lists for the past 12 months, too. As Rock Continue reading →
Rather than mourn Michael Jackson’s death, the celebrities who took to the stage at the 2009 BET awards celebrated the memory of the King of Pop with pumped-up performances, heartfelt words and a surprise appearance by the star’s own sister Janet Jackson. The Shrine Auditorium ceremony kicked off with a tribute to young Michael, as ’80′s idols New Edition dressed up in funky ’70s-era clothes to sing the Jackson 5′s “ABC” and “The Love You Save.” Host Jamie Foxx emerged wearing an outfit reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s famous “Beat It” gear: red leather jacket, cropped black pants, high white socks and black loafers. The Oscar winner then performed a dance sequence from Jackson’s video, moonwalking (and stumbling) across the stage to honor the pop superstar. “We are here for the greatest. There’s no need to be sad,” said Foxx to a star-studded audience that included Diddy, Tyra Banks and Lil Wayne. Other notable performances included Beyoncé’s costume-changing medley of “Ave Maria” and Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” Ciara’s take on Jackson’s “Heal the World” and Queen Latifah’s duet with Mary Mary on the gospel duo’s “God in Me.” And in keeping with the night’s positive vibe, Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean both received humanitarian awards for their charitable works. Tributes to the late star continued throughout the night, and father Joe Jackson shed a tear in the audience after Ne-Yo’s performance of the King of Pop’s “Lady in My Life.” (Jackson protégé Usher told he had hoped to make the ceremony but couldn’t get back from overseas in time; I look forward to seeing the show and I plan to work on a tribute to Michael Jackson when I return,” he said.) As the awards came to an end, Janet Jackson surprised the crowd by taking the stage to give thanks to fans for their support in the wake of her brother’s death. “My entire family wanted to be here tonight, but it was just too painful, so they elected me to be here,” Janet Jackson said. “I’d just like to say, to you, Michael is an icon, to us, Michael is family. And he will forever live in all of our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love, thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much.” After she left the stage, Foxx and Ne-Yo closed the show with the Jackson 5′s “I’ll Be There.” Here’s the complete list of winners from the 2009 BET Awards:
Video of the Year: Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”
Male R&B Artis: Ne-Yo
Female R&B Artist: Beyoncé
Male Hip-Hop Artist: Lil Wayne
Female Hip-Hop Artist: M.I.A.
Gospel Artist: Mary Mary
New Artist: Keri Hilson
Group: Day 26
Collaboration: Jamie Foxx/T-Pain “Blame It”
Video Director: Benny Boom
Viewers’ Choice Award: T.I. (featuring Rihanna) “Live Your Life”
Actor: Will Smith
Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Female Athlete of the Year: Serena Williams
Male Athlete of the Year: LeBron James
Centric Award: Jazmine Sullivan
The 2009 BET Awards were already set to be a big event, but now the BET Awards are something else entirely. The 2009 BET Awards had to be completely overhauled in three days time, as the BET Awards are now no longer about today’s performers and nominees. It is expected that the 2009 BET 2009 BET Awards Become the Michael Jackson Tribute Show Awards are about to become the Michael Jackson tribute show instead, as the BET Awards are undergoing “a total overhaul” to honor the King of Pop. The BET Awards had about 72 hours to work in as many Michael Jackson tributes as they could. As a result, more performers have been invited to the show, the BET Awards are expected to go on a half hour longer, and other performers had to completely change their act. Performers like Beyonce and Ne-Yo have already changed their performances to make them Jackson-related. Kanye West, Queen Latifah, Solja Boy, T-Pain and more announced and unannounced guests will also be in attendance. BET network chairman Debra L. Lee called the ordeal “a total overhaul.” As such, any awards and any non-Jackson performances will likely be completely overshadowed. Jamie Foxx’s hosting performance will probably also have a fair share of Jackson references, if not Jackson jokes. The 2009 BET Awards will technically still go on with the usual business of giving awards and having a lot of songs. But Michael Jackson will undoubtedly be the star of the show, no matter what. BET will be paying these tributes to Michael Jackson, as his legacy in the African-American community continues to be debated. After his death, Jackson was hailed as breaking barriers for young black singers, opening the door for MTV to feature African-American performers after “Thriller” pretty much forced them to. But the controversy over his skin changes, and the lingering notion that he sold out his “blackness” over time, made Jackson as controversial in the black community as he was everywhere else.
Top 10: 2009 Beach Bodies So far, 2009 has been a year of epic change, for better and for worse. We’ve seen a new president take office, igniting the hopes of a public that has long been in dire shortage of it. The economy is still sputtering, America’s national pastime is a dope show replete with fallen giants, and not even fairytale Hollywood romances are safe. Surely, one man can’t turn all this lead into gold, and certainly not in his first 100 days, right? So where do we turn, then, to escape the madness, to avoid the headlines, to hide from our dwindling bank statements? Why, to the beach, of course! Because for every Bernie Madoff, there’s a Bar Rafaeli; for every Manny Ramirez, there’s a Marisa Miller, and for every Spencer Pratt, there’s a Heidi Montag. These are our top 10 2009 beach bodies starting with number 10 . If you come back tomorrow you will find number 9 here, and so on for ten days long. Enjoy!
Top 10: 2009 Beach Bodies
No.10 – Rihanna
Growing up in Barbados, we can only assume that Rihanna spent her formative years perfecting the art of wearing a bikini; then she became a superstar, got involved with an insecure pip-squeak whose last name rhymes with “clown,” saw her personal photographs leaked online, and now must battle to regain her rightful place atop the pop charts. Might we suggest doing it in a bikini?
Rihanna established her dance-pop credentials in summer 2005 with her debut smash hit, “Pon de Replay,” and continued to demonstrate such hit potential in subsequent years (e.g., “S.O.S.” in 2006; “Umbrella” in 2007; “Disturbia” in 2008). However, it was the singer’s third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, that made her a full-fledged international pop star with a regular presence atop the charts. Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados, she exhibited a certain star quality as a young child, often winning beauty and talent contests. Because she lived on the fairly remote island of Barbados in the West Indies, however, she never foresaw the sort of stardom that would later befall her.
EMI Music Arabia is proud to announce the signing of UK based artist Ramzi for release in the Middle East. His strong talent for melody making is soon to seduce the airwaves of Arabia! Based in London, UK, Ramzi will be revisiting his Middle Eastern roots and is excited to bring his music home. Anticipated to capture the hearts of his homeland, Ramzi’s debut album “Chapter One” is set to release on the 25th April 2009 by EMI Music Arabia. Fans and new lovers of his music will shortly be singing the unforgettable words of the first single ‘Love Is Blind’ that fuses English, Arabic and Hindi lyrics into a hit track, bridging the gap between World music and RnB. The album is packed with smash hit singles that stir emotions, ooze instrumental intelligence and deliver articulate lyrics. Late April 2009, Ramzi will visit Dubai to promote the release of his album. Every once in a while we come across a genuine talent and a master in music making. A talented individual that brings a breath of ‘fresh air’ and excitement to a stale business filled with manufactured ‘one-hit’ wonders and ‘one-trick’ ponies so to speak. Ramzi is that talented individual – an accomplished Singer, Musician, Performer, Songwriter and Producer. With his dulcet vocal tones, catchy melodies and slick production Ramzi continues to capture hundreds of new fans across the world everyday. Ramzi, 26 was born in the UK to Lebanese parents, however spending much of his childhood in Africa and the Middle East. Growing up as part of a musical family with his mother a classical pianist, and father an avid music lover, Ramzi began singing and playing the guitar from the young age of nine. From being classically trained on the piano, writing and producing his first songs at the mere age of twelve, Ramzi’s natural talent, development and growth as an artist has led him to be dubbed by many as the UK’s answer to Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ne-yo. Indeed, as a Songwriter/ Producer Ramzi has already worked with the likes of worldwide chart stars such as Taio Cruz, T2, Westlife, The Gipsy Kings, Misteeq and Lexington Bridge. Ramzi has recently been featured on radio networks in the UK such as BBC Radio 1, BBC 1xtra, Choice FM and Kiss FM, as well as a vast number of radio networks outside the UK. His music videos have been on heavy rotation on channels such as MTV, Chart Show TV, Channel U, Fizz and Bubble Hits. On the live circuit Ramzi has already performed at venues across the UK and Europe including a sell out show at the renowned Jazz Cafe in London. Soon to be a hit in the Middle East – Ramzi is coming home!