It’s that time of year again! Between the carved pumpkins lining doorstops, shelves of candy practically disappearing overnight, and costume stores boasting Dracula, Superman, and pretty pretty princesses, there’s no doubt that Halloween is just around the corner.
This spook-tacular holiday isn’t just for kids anymore, (I mean, who doesn’t love free candy and dressing up?), and to help you get into the holiday spirit, we’re bringing you a taste of how celebrities across the country are celebrating this year. Check it out after the jump. (more…)
If you’ve never heard the name Yuri Koller, you better ask somebody. Like, maybe Saigon, Drake, or Diddy’s Day26 band, all of whom have crossed paths with the artist and his music. Koller, who used to go by the stage name Lokz, is a Toronto R&B singer and megawatt star in the making. No, seriously. Listen to Throw It Away and tell us it isn’t one of the best R&B/pop jams you’ve heard since Justin Timberlake’s What Goes Around Comes Around. Over shuddering synths and a thumping beat Koller introduces us to his formidable talent. His voice sails dreamily on the chorus of the jazzy Without You, and goes rapid fire on the stylized and dynamic R&B banger 24 Hours To Love You. Like the heir apparent to Usher, Koller brings incredible vocals, killer production, and lots of sex appeal to the game. He won’t be a free agent for long.
Sean “Diddy” Combs is a man of many names and of many talents. In addition to his myraid business interests and music interests, the Rap Game Leonardo Da Vinci will net himself the occasional acting credit. In a bid to better pad that portion of his resume, Combs will be making a guest appearance on the upcoming season FX comedy It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Details regarding Combs’ role on the depraved sitcom are scant though more information will likely come out soon as the hip-hop mogul will begin filming for his role early next week. Still no word on when Combs’ is going to make his Shakespeare in the Park debut, unfortunately.
The road has been rough for Southern rapper, Yelawolf, whose Interscope debut, Radioactive delivered less than stellar sales and prompted his label to drastically diminish its promotional support. Health problems plagued the emcee as well, with a ruptured spleen delaying both his sophomore album and a much-needed promotional tour. To make matters worse, he’s currently not very happy with his label situation.
I don’t fuckin’ know anybody up there, not no one. I’ve never fuckin’ walked up in the building. The couple of people that I do know are friends of mine and that’s it, he told HipHopDX.
They obviously can’t have their hands on everything”there’s a lot of fuckin’ artists under the wings of a big label like that, so when you become part of a label or a situation that fuckin’ massive, you have to just really be smart about how you handle your business and make that your team in on-point with everything single thing and you’re paying attention to every single detail. If you lose that, then sometimes you get caught up.
Despite the difficult circumstances, the Alabama native has released two mix tapes; The Slumdon Bridge and Heart of Dixie. If all goes accordingto plan, he’ll do another mix tape with Travis Barker and Big K.R.I.T. He’s also set to drop his sophomore album, Love Story along with a sequel of sorts, Trunk Muzik Returns. He has had to take his business into his hands, but it’s been a reluctant transition.
I just don’t want to fuckin’ do business, man, what the fuck. I’m a rapper, I’m an artist. I pay my manager to handle all that shit. I don’t even like talking like this, I feel like a nerd to even be bothered with the business of it, he said. I want to be creative. I don’t want to worry with this shit. I want to fuckin’ make my music and tour and do what I do. Unfortunately, you have to pay attention to it, and that’s kinda like what I’ve been forced into this past couple years. All of that like, pent-up, ‘What the fuck is going on?!’ type of shit is gonna be coming out in my music and everything that I do. Even with the bad, it’s really fueling everything that I’m doing in a positive way because it’s only making me hungrier.
Machine Gun Kelly is ready to release his debut album, Lace Up in August. Last week, he revealed his thoughts on the first LP he’ll release from the house that Diddy built, and promised some serious support from collaborators like DMX, Bun B, and Tech N9ne among others.
I got legends on there. DMX. Me, Tech N9ne, and Twista on one track, the song everybody wanted to hear. Fuckin’ Eminem, I’m just playing. That would have been certified platinum¦Bun B. Everyone’s really like legends, he told VladTV.
Lace Up is a lifestyle. Everything I stand for, it’s everything my fans stand for. It’s tattooed on our bodies for life. It’s something I will never explain to the general public because it’s something beautiful that you have to discover for yourself. You have to find your own meaning in it, he said. “But the album is definitely one of the best albums of the decade and will be a problem at The Grammy’s 100 percent. Regardless if my singles haven’t taken off the way that we wanted them to it’s all a part of the journey because I believe that because I never caught that quick-winded hype I’ll be around for a long, long time.”
Once pitted against each other as competitors, it seems these two emcees have more in common than their skin color and affinity for rhyming. Yelawolf and Machine Gun Kelly will be wowing crowds with new music at Guerrilla Union’s ‘Rock The Bells’ Music Festival in August.
A lot has been made about EDM’s rise to prominence in the U.S., especially by us. Assertions about the genre’s popularity were previously observations of the cultural zeitgeist. Beiber going over a “dubstep” beat. Paris Hilton trying”and failing, in spectacular fashion”to DJ. The return of rave culture and all of the wonderful, sweaty gyrations that accompany the scene. In early June, however, there was another metric by which we could measure the success of many of EDM’s finest: Cash money.
CelebrityNetWorth.com came out with a list of the Top 30 richest DJs in the world earlier in June (seen right). Now, there are a couple of surprises on this list. For example, despite having a hand in producing two of 2011’s biggest hits in “Look At Me Now” and “Give Me Everything,” Afrojack somehow finds himself at the bottom of this list with a purported net worth of $2 million. Also, the list is lopsided in terms of seniority. The top fifteen earners, from The Chemical Brothers down to Tií«sto at number 1, have mostly been in the game since the ’90s, with the arguable exception of David Guetta. The rest, however, are almost all young upstarts like Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, and Skrillex.
This list isn’t the full story either. No list of unfeeling numbers can capture the extent of the sweet life that many DJs live. Sure, always being on tour can be tough on one’s personal relationships. But these guys (and the list is all male, as it happens) are playing music for a living! The women, drugs, relative fame, and parties aren’t bad either.
But with this new information comes new comparisons. Fresh comparisons. Dope comparisons. Swag comparisons. You know where we’re going with this.
Forbes releases a number of music-earning lists annually and none carry the same weight as their installments covering the richest and top earning in Hip-Hop. There are two lists reflecting the amount of paper that the biggest in the rap game can throw around; Cash Kings: Hip-Hop’s Top Earners and The Forbes Five: Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists.
Last week’s big announcements from Maybach Music Group made major waves in the music world, but left some fans disappointed. Many expected Ma$e to be announced as Rick Ross’ newest signee, after months of speculation that he was returning to rap.
French Montana alluded to Ma$e’s return after he was spotted in the studio him and Ross last month. Ma$e sounds good, sound like he never left. His flow is crazy. We’re going to let the world hear soon enough. Stay tuned. Just stay tuned.
Fans didn’t have to wait too long to hear Ma$e on the mic thanks to a surprise release from MMG. Wale‘s latest single, Slight Work hit airwaves last month and features Ma$e, Diddy, French Montana and Meek Mill. During an interview with Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97, Ma$e explained that Bad Boy’s French Montana was the mastermind of the collaboration.
I think it was French, man. A lot of love goes out to French. I don’t know why he was repping me so strong, but he was showing me Harlem love. He ain’t even from Harlem, it’s crazy. It was really French, he said. We totally opposite, but he just showed me wild love. I rock with who rock with me.
Last week, Maybach Music Group made big waves when they announced some serious plans for 2012 that include a new Reebok clothing line with Swizz Beatz, three summer release dates for MMG artists and a surprising new addition to the team.
Rick Ross was joined by Warner Bros. and Def Jam Recordings executives Steve Bartels, Todd Moscowitz and Lyor Cohen, who spoke quite highly of The Boss.
When I got a chance to meet him, I saw someone that was going to be undeterred in achieving the success that he has, said Cohen. He’s not satisfied. There’s no stopping him. I’m so grateful that I’m associated with him and that the Warner Bros. label is associated with him. The possibilities that Rick and Maybach Music are going to bring is going to be, in my mind, unprecedented.
Swizz Beatz hit the stage to announce his partnership with Ross on a Big & Tall clothing line for Reebok. He’s going to lead the big and tall movement, said Swizz. There’s a limit with clothes that stops at a certain point. With Ross, everything has to be custom made. I felt that instead of just doing a regular sneaker, we give Ross his own big and tall line.
Let’s face it, sometimes the past should stay dead. But when an awesome musical artist fades from popularity, their fans later wonder, Where are they now? You may not know it, but many artists you loved in the past are still hard at work writing new albums or preparing to tour once more. Fortunately, you now have Second Coming to reintroduce you to some of your favorite acts of the last few decades and give you the scoop on what you can expect from them in the future!
THEN: Before Diddy took over, reality TV series Making The Band aimed to create the world’s greatest boy band. The year was 2000, and acts like *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees were at the top of the pop charts week after week. Much like American Idol, Making The Band began with a slew of auditions from young hopefuls looking for their big break. Each week, the pool of twenty-five singing and dancing contestants became smaller and smaller, until only eight finalists were left. Of these eight, five “made the band,” and O-Town (named after Orlando, Florida, where the show took place) was born. Comprised of Erik Michael Estrada, Ashley Parker Angel, Trevor Penick, Dan Miller and Jacob Underwood, O-Town’s self-titled debut album went triple-platinum, proving that the judges had made the right choice. O-Town spawned four singles, including ode to celebrity worship “Liquid Dreams” and the romantic ballad “All Or Nothing.” The group followed up their debut with O2, an album that was, unfortunately, released as boy bands were beginning to fade from popularity. This change in public musical taste took a toll on album sales, and the band was unable to climb back up the charts. The following year, the group disbanded.
NOW: After the members of O-Town reached minimal success as solo artists, they decided it was time to re-make the band. Talks of a reunion began in 2010, but Ashley ultimately decided against in the idea. In a statement to TMZ, he confessed: “O-Town was one of the greatest chapters of my life, so when the idea of a reunion was brought to me, of course I was intrigued. However, I have made the decision not to be a part of an O-Town reunion. It was a difficult decision, but ultimately necessary to move on with the next chapter of my career. The four reunited members of the band were disappointed, but they haven’t let it affect their workflow. They are currently in the studio, writing and recording their third LP with producer J Tarin (David Guetta, R. Kelly). We’re excited to hear what O-Town sounds like twelve years after their television debut!
Time to relive the boy band glory days. The hair gel, the turtleneck sweaters, the choreographed dance moves…O-Town’s “Liquid Dreams” music video has got it all:
- Simon Cowell and Jada Pinkett-Smith are looking for the next… Skrillex?
- Disney goes post-punk.
- Diddy: “Making the Band” to major network?
- Let’s just hope there’s no wardrobe malfunctions this year…
- Get ready, Dancing Queens…here comes new music from ABBA!
- Ne-Yo is now an R&B VP of A&R! Say that three times fast…
- Wilco have cartoon co-stars!