International recognition, success and acclaim do not seem to be enough to quell the pre-show jitters felt by Adele. The British songstress recently admitted that she still struggles to gain composure before her performances and even attempted to flee through a fire escape just before taking the stage at a concert in Amsterdam.
Still, it seems to all work out for the 22-year-old in the end: "I puke quite a lot before going onstage, though never actually on the stage. But then... I sh*t myself before everything... the bigger the freak-out, the more I enjoy the show!"[…] Read more »
Bryan “Birdman” Williams, long known for riding rapper Lil’ Wayne’s coattails, has been no less mum after his protégé’s “The Carter IV” reached near-platinum status in its first week of stellar sales.
However, instead of collecting undeserved praise for Wayne’s efforts, Birdman is now deflecting claims that he bought copies of the rapper’s new album to boost numbers.
“Why would we do that?” Birdman said to rap journalist Sway Calloway during the latter’s Sway in the Morning radio show. “I press and distribute ‘em. Ain’t no need for me to buy ‘em. That’s hustling backwards; we ain’t in it for that. I ain’t ever been a part of that type of scheme to be buyin’ records. We don’t do that, homie. We be working too hard to be—that don’t go with what we do. We truly what we do. […] Read more »
Skylar Grey has just released the music video for Invisible, her first single in her new life as a solo artist. Even though she can be seen constantly throughout the clip, Skylar sings that she feels invisible in this video. At the outset of the clip, we see her walking onto a construction beam atop a tall skyscraper. Thinking that is dramatic enough, we next see her being dangled in the air hundreds of metres in the air above the city streets. It looks pretty real!
Back down on the ground the scene shows Skylar on the pavement in the city. Cars rush by. She then crosses the road oblivious to the traffic, or is the traffic unable to see her? She sings that she feels invisible. She walks in the city crowds unnoticed by anyone, again invisible.[…] Read more »
As one fifth of former pop group Danity Kane and one half of the background players in Diddy’s Last Train to Paris opus, Dawn Richard has long been recognized as an undeniable talent who, yet, has never had the opportunity to shine on her own. Now, as the young diva readies her first solo album, Goldenheart, and single for fall release, expectant fans will get a chance to see the singer take her rightful place in the pop princess throne.
“The last six years have been a battle for people to understand and conform me into what they really want me to be and I’ve kind of had to protect that throughout this whole journey,” said Richard to rap-up.com about her sometimes rocky navigation through the music industry and the new album, Goldenheart. […] Read more »
Following up their 2008 hit Dark Horse, Nickelback has a new album slated for a November 21 release. Titled Here and Now, the band’s seventh album will be released on Roadrunner Records, and taking a less-traditional approach to promotion, the label is putting out two singles, “When We Stand Together” and “Bottoms Up” for pop and rock stations respectively, on September 26. Nickelback will follow the release with a world tour early in 2012.
Here and Now was produced by Nickelback and recorded at Mountain View Studios in Vancouver, Canada. About the release, frontman Chad Kroeger told the press: "We're four people who love making music, the way we like to make it. We entered the studio this year with a vision, and it all came together. […] Read more »
This October, Lady Gaga will be pictured on the front of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in her most shocking ensemble yet—au natural. Interestingly enough, when talking about the pictorial, Gaga found the attempt at a muted picture to be most unrealistic.
"I don't really view it as 'natural,'" said the usually dressed up Mother Monster to the magazine about her dressed-down shoot. "I think that artifice is the new reality. It's more about just being honest and sincere to the core of what you do. Whether I'm wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I'm always the same person inside."
The cover is for an article and spread entitled “The Real Lady Gaga,” in which the singer philosophizes about the paradoxical “unreality” of even posing for a magazine.[…] Read more »
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