Technically these two new songs aren’t solely by Wiz Khalifa, but he’s featured in both of them and we can’t resist the power of Wiz.
The rapper drives around in a red sports car in Curren$y’s new video “Jet Life,” the second single off the MC’s album The Stoned Immaculate.
Meanwhile, in the Matt Alonzo-directed video for ”Celebration,” Game throws a BBQ with famous friends Wiz, Chris Brown, Tyga and Lil Wayne. Wiz takes his place at a picnic table in a laid back-looking straw hat. The track is from Game’s upcoming album Jesus Piece, which is due out in December.
“Jet Life” — Curren$y (ft. Big KRIT and Wiz Khalifa)
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While it seems that Chris Brown has gotten away from his past with awards, Grammy performances and praise for his comeback, there are clearly people who still think about his history of domestic violence.
This past week, a photograph went viral when a shopper shot an image of Brown’s ‘Fortune’ CDs at a London HMV store with a sticker that read, “Warning: Do not buy this album! This man beats women.”
Noticing that that the stickers were probably put up by someone who walked into the store, a rep for HMV has told E! News that the company was made aware of the incident and took immediate action.
“It was very much an isolated incident and nothing to do with HMV or representing our views,” the rep said “It would appear a member of the public popped into one of our stores yesterday and stickered a handful of CDs. These were spotted and quickly removed, but, before we could act, the individual concerned must have taken a photo and sent it to the media. To our knowledge there are no further stickers in our stores now.”
Brown, who assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, has since been taking steps to control his behaviour. And it appears that Rihanna has moved on as well. With the two of them caught smooching at the VMAs, this relationship continues to be a large part of media speculation.
But as ballsy it might have been to put up the stickers, I’m glad there are still people trying to make others aware of what Brown did in the past.
While he may be forgiven by many, I’m still no fan of the double standard Hollywood puts upon its stars. While Brown continues to be lauded with awards and positive attention, Kristen Stewart on the other hand, just can’t catch a break because she cheated on her boyfriend.
Come on. This is A+ sexism right there, Hollywood.
HIT: Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively get married
Ryan Reynolds, a.k.a. 2010′s Sexiest Man of the Year, married Gossip Girl’s hottie Blake Lively in South Carolina on Sunday night. It’s Blake’s first marriage and Reynold’s second. Not only did Martha Stewart’s team plan the wedding (and will be featured in her December issue), it took place in the house that Rachel McAdam’s character in the Notebook lived in during that fateful summer. Basically, they had every bride’s dream wedding.
MISS: Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are separating
Poehler and Arnett announced their separation last week. The couple have been together for nine years and have two children together. Arnett also made an appearance on Poehler’s Youtube advice channel. The split has apparently been amicable so hopefully for comedy lovers, this isn’t the end of their onscreen collaborations. For the rest of us, though, this might be the end of true love.
HIT: Emma Stone stars in a Breast Cancer awareness ad with her mom
The all-around amazing actress is in Revlon’s PSA ad, “Your Lips Can Save Lives” with her breast-cancer survivor mom, Krista, who diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Stone hopes to be an advocate for getting checked every year as her mom’s tumor wasn’t there the year before she was diagnosed. She and her family all have blackbird feet tattoos (from the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and drawn by the Paul McCartney no less) to commemorate her mother’s journey. Can you be anymore perfect, Emma?
MISS: Rihanna caught kissing Chris Brown at the VMAs
I don’t care if Rihanna forgave him, but I do care about what Brown represents. The fact that people still treat him like a god that makes me angry when I see people hating on girls like Kristen Stewart. Cheat on your boyfriend? You have the whole world hating you. Hit your girlfriend? Win a couple of awards a few years later even though you behave like a douchebag. The world is unfair.
HIT: Anderson Cooper talks about coming out
Cooper made his first public comments on his coming out on Monday since July. He spoke with his guest co-host Kristen Chenowith on his daytime show Anderson Live. He decided to let the public know because to him, visibility was important. “… The tide of history only moves forward when everybody is fully visible,” he continued. You go Anderson Cooper! You’ve achieved hero status.
MISS: Allison Pill accidently tweets topless photo of herself
The Newsroom actress, Allison Pill, accidently tweeted a photo of herself wearing a cute pair of glasses and nothing else on Wednesday morning. I wouldn’t worry too much about it, Pill. We’ll forgive you because a) you ‘fessed up and didn’t blame it on a hack, b) said it was you, c) you’re adorable with or without a shirt, and c) you’re fiancé to be, Jay Baruchel retweeted your apology. If anything, Pill should apologize for the cavity she’s giving me because her and Baruchel are too cute.
Chris Brown continues making bad decisions we’re highly uncomfortable with, this time getting a questionable tattoo on his neck that resembles a battered woman. This comes three years after pleading guilty to felony assault for beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna the night before the Grammys.
Brown showed up on a Las Vegas red carpet with his new ink. Although it resembles the photo police took of Rihanna, the woman in his tattoo has more severe injuries such as a black eye and stitches on her lips.
Brown insists the resemblance isn’t intentional. His rep told TMZ the tattoo is supposed to be a Mexican-themed skull in commemoration of Dia de los Muertos. And according to the tattoo artist, Brown brought him the “sugar skull” design from a MAC ad he’d seen.
Still, given his history wouldn’t he understand how people would see this as distasteful?
What do you think of his new ink?
TMZ did a side by side:
Comedian Rob Delaney logged on to Reddit today to do quick Q&A with fans for the AMA (Ask Me Anything) series. He answered questions about his penis size, celebrities who have blocked him on Twitter and the one joke he wishes he could take back.
Here are the best Q&As:
Celebrities who blocked him on Twitter
You may be wondering why Chris Brown blocked him on Twitter, though it’s not hard to guess. Delaney made a few jokes at the rapper’s expense (though we’re not complaining) tweeting winners like: ” I could beat up Chris Brown & Drake at the same time & then enjoy a Denver omelette at a family-owned diner in Pittsburgh.” Chris was obviously retaliatory in his response by blocking him.
The question that was on everyone’s mind was Delaney’s penis size. Does he rely on humour to make up for his small endowments?
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Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz has already worked with Drake, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Kanye West. The roster is impressive considering his debut album Based On A T.R.U Story, which debuted at number one on Billboard 200, only came out this month. During a phone call with ANDPOP’s Azra Kassam, he chatted about the most important lesson he learned from the almighty Kanye West and his biggest accomplishment (it might surprise you).
Musically speaking, his first album hits close to home
2 Chainz said the release day for his album felt like the first day of school. “This is my first album. It took me my whole life to put it together,” he said. So it was only natural that he wanted to pay homage to his Atlanta hometown. “Over half the project is done by Atlanta producers so I still have that hometown feel,” he explained. “There are great influences on there, great features, great production… I think people will be able to relate to it in all areas.”
Kanye West taught him the importance of art and images
“The dude is very creative,” 2 Chainz said about fellow rapper Kanye West. The Watch the Throne rapper taught him how art can add another dimension to the hip hop genre. “Artistic expression…it’s another way to express yourself without talking,” he said. “That’s something Kanye brought to my attention…it’s all about images.” His description of working with West on the “Birthday Song” single? “It was a combination of an overload of confidence with a touch of cockiness!”
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Heightening the Chris Brown/Rihanna drama, Joan Rivers has now made domestic violence-related joke in regards to Rihanna’s recent interview with Oprah where she admitted to still being in love with Chris Brown.
Rivers, who has been known for her harsh sense of humour, was obviously not impressed. Taking to Twitter, she said:
Offended, Rihanna responded back to the the 79-year-old comedian:
While those tweets have since been deleted, Rivers gave some advice to Rihanna. Subsequently, the comedian also invited the singer to join her on her television show:
I personally think Rihanna was very brave to stand up for herself. But seeing that Joan Rivers never seems to get offended when people give her negative feedback, I hardly think she took Rihanna’s comments harshly.
That being said, Twitter users have been calling Rivers’ joke ignorant and in bad taste. Do you think her joke went too far?
If anyone could get Rihanna to talk about her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, it was OBVS Oprah. O is basically a therapist who hypnotizes victims into sharing their deepest feelings. I’m pretty sure she carries tear gas to make her interviewees cry. Sheer talent.
RiRi appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter for a heartfelt interview filmed in Barbados, in which she reveals she’s still vey close to Chris Brown. Since lifting the restraining order on him, the two have been working on their friendship. ”We’re very, very close friends,” she told Oprah.
I have to say, writing about Rihanna and Chris Brown these days is a very hard task. The rumours that we usually encounter from Twitter and gossip websites are usually fabricated and spun until they don’t resemble a kernel of truth. That’s why we’re not really entitled to form any judgements about their relationship… not to mention, you really shouldn’t form judgements about ANYONE’s relationships.
Still, you have to appreciate that Rihanna was candid in her interview with Oprah. Plus, she made a good point about the danger of labelling someone who legitimately needs help a “monster.” She said: “I just felt like…he made that mistake because he needs help. And who’s going to help him?…Everyone’s going to say he’s a monster without looking at the source. And I was more concerned about him.”
Watch some of the clips below:
Is Rihanna too sexy for skin care? Apparently she is, considering Nivea didn’t renew her endorsement for another year. The new CEO of Nivea’s parent company Stefan Heidenreich said to German media: “I do not understand how to bring the core brand of Nivea in conjunction with Rihanna. Nivea is a company which stands for trust, family and reliability.”
If you follow Rihanna on Twitter, you would know that she’s an avid photo uploader and anything goes (ie. smoking marijuana, partying, IV drips). She recently took time out of her fun-filled holidays in Barbados to make it clear to everyone that she saw Heidenreich’s comments, by uploading a picture of him captioned: “No caption necessary.”
TMZ caught up with Rihanna in LA this weekend, where they taunted her, asking if she still used Nivea. Okay, what kind of stupid question is that? She’s obviously going to get pissed. The pap continued: “You look great Rihanna, seriously though.” She replied sarcastically: “Even without Nivea?”
You’ll also be able to watch Rihanna sit down on Oprah’s Next Chapter airing Aug. 18. She candidly talks about her break-up with Chris Brown telling Oprah “I lost my best friend.”
Watch the video here: Read more…
Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney has a lot to be proud of these days. Along with being the 2011 World Vault Champion she won a gold AND silver medal at the Olympics. However, Maroney didn’t look all that impressed at the medal ceremony for women’s vault after she fell during her second performance.
It was only a matter of time before her less-than-pleased expression was turned into a meme, by 28-year-old New Yorker Gavin Aloen. He created a page on Tumblr called McKayla Is Not Impressed and it rocks. [Source]
Here are some of our faves:
McKayla is not impressed by Chris Brown or Drake
Kanye and Kim Kardashian mean nothing to her
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After month of hinting, Drake has finally dropped his duet the late R&B singer Aaliyah. Titled “Enough Said,” the four minute track bills Drake as a featured artist and includes previously unreleased Aaliyah vocal tracks. The song is reportedly being included on a post-humous Aaliyah album.
The R&B singer died in a plane crash in the Bahamas back in 2001 at the age of 22.
Produced by Drake’s longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib, the song has been met with some controversy since its release.
It’s been widely speculated that Drake will be producing the Aaliyah album without help from some vital Aaliyah supporters. Last week, Producer Timbaland said that anything involving Aaliyah should not be produced with his or rapper Missy Elliot’s input. Both he and Missy worked closely with Aaliyah before her untimely passing.
According to MissInfo, that may have changed. Their sources say Timbaland will be producing two tracks. As of now, there is not word of Missy’s involvement just yet.
Another big controversy is the claim that Drake included a little dig at Chris Brown. Drake raps:
Running through the city with n****s I’d give a kidney,
Selling under 150 you n****s got to be kidding,
Is this even still a discussion?
Don’t you ever wake up disgusted?
The Toronto-based rapper may be referring to the measly 135,000 copies Chris Brown’s album “Fortune” sold in its first week. In comparison, Drake’s “Take Care” moved 600,000 copies.
If it really is a dig at Brown, an Aaliyah tribute song may not have been the best place to do it on. He should’ve got 40 to produce another song for that.
LISTEN TO “ENOUGH SAID” BELOW:
Kanye is a master sleuth
From the makers of Angelina Jolie’s leg bomb (but not really) comes Kanye West spying on EVERYTHING. He is now a master sleuth, on top of being a rapper. [FameFlynet Pictures]
How could he be so bold?
A picture’s worth a thousand words and gif is worth even more. Kristen Stewart is giving director Rupert Sanders a bit of ‘tude while motioning to his crotch. In reality, she probably just said something really mundane like “Wow, what nice jacket lapels.” [Jessica Messica]
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez record a sex tape NOT
Come on guys! JB and Selena Gomez would never 1) Record a sex tape on an iPhone 2) Be careless enough to leave the iPhone in Starbucks. Did you buy the satirical report by Hollywood Leek and Best Movies Ever?
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Good thing the guys weren’t at the bar the same night as Chris Brown and Drake—who knows what kind of shenanigans would of went down. While looking for someone up and coming to feature on their track “Middle Finger,” who better to ask than Mac Miller. Alex also proves he’s a total badass by throwing a drink at someone’s face in Vegas. I’m just glad it wasn’t me!
In the world of celebrity news, there’s no shortage of hits and misses. This week, Jennifer Lawrence becomes a real life hero and Drake and Chris Brown are offered $1 million each to fight each other.
HIT: Jennifer Lawrence aids a girl who passed out on her lawn
Jennifer Lawrence became someone’s real life hero when she and her neighbours helped a girl who collapsed outside of her home. Look! Humanity in Hollywood does exist outside of over the top fundraisers! I suggest she be inducted into the hero-status celebrity club, which also consists of Johnny Depp and David Beckham.
MISS: Jessie J got stuck in the washroom at a Watch the Throne show
The singer’s fun night out turned into an embarrassing life moment when she and friend got stuck inside a washroom at Jay Z and Kanye’s show in London. Jessie J and a friend went to go touch up their make up, but her friend mistakenly locked the door even though it looked broken. They were there for about 15 minutes when security knocked the door down to rescue the two. Then they returned to their seats and all their unknowing friends were all like: “why the hell were you in the washroom so long? Locked door? Sure…”
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As a host for the upcoming 2012 BET Awards, it’s Samuel L. Jackson’s jobs to know everything about the nominated artists. But instead of leisurely scrolling through Wikipedia and turning on the radio while he’s on his way to the dentist’s office he’s literally morphing into his idols. In one spot, he brandishes a short pink wig and sings Nicki Minaj’s “Beez In The Trap” as though Jules Winnfield never existed.
We’re happy he’s taking his duties seriously and we’re pretty sure Jackson can pull of ANYTHING.
The upcoming awards are on July 1 and include performances from Usher, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj herself. No word on whether Jackson will sport the pink wig.
“Oh Yeah” — Chris Brown ft. 2 Chainz and Snoop Dogg
Between getting into bar fights with Drake’s entourage and leaking a new song, Chris Brown has sure had a busy week. The young rap star just released a new single “Oh Yeah” as a promotional song for his upcoming album Fortune. And while fans might already recognize the single since Breezy released a solo version back in April, this new version enlists the help of his rap buddies 2 Chainz and Snoop Dogg. I listened to both versions and got sick of Brown’s autotuned rapping within the first 30 seconds, but this new version has some extra padding in the form of clear rhymes by the two big name rappers. I would advise you to check out both versions and make your judgments accordingly. Fortune hits shelves on July 3.
”Liquorice” — Azaelia Banks
Azaelia Banks is a “Wild West Liquorice Bitch” (her words, not mine) in the video for her new single “Liquorice.” As usual, her song mashes genres together, this time laying her feisty raps over a retro house/ dance track. The video itself plays out all the stereotypes of a typical western – leather chaps, riding horses alone through a valley, cowgirl on cowgirl showdown, hot dogs, …wait what? Okay, so I lied. The video is anything but typical, and with styling by Nicola Formichetti (of Lady Gaga fame) and direction by fashion photographer Rankin, the video is a must-see.
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Here’s the war wound courageously sustained by Chris Brown, however, it’s not a wound of war at all since it was all over a petty bar fight with Drake’s entourage. So actually, it’s just a nasty gash of the drunken brawl variety.
According to TMZ, Brown clashed with Drake’s crew in a NYC nightclub last night. Five people were apparently injured and NYPD arrived on the scene between 4 and 5 am, though by that time Chris and Drake had already left. No arrests were made.
After the fight, Brown tweeted and promptly deleted a photo of his injury with the message: ”How u party wit rich n**** that hate? Lol… Throwing bottles like girls? #shameonya!.”
Naturally, everyone’s all like “OMG this was soo over Rihanna wasn’t it?” since she’s Chris’s ex-girlfriend and is rumoured to have had a fling with Drake.
TMZ also got footage of Drake before the incident leaving his hotel, which wouldn’t be interesting except for those brawny looking dudes around him. Yikes! [Source]
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In case you’re short on your Chris Brown news (blurg) here’s yet another video, this time it’s for “Till I Die.” Brown calls on buds Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa for the visuals and avoids sneering at all costs. Instead he and the guys mess around in the office and ride around in a schmancy car like they’re the definition of cool, yada yada.
The track is from his upcoming album Fortune (out July 3) and he dedicated the video to the Beastie Boys’ MCA. The gesture is well-intentioned but makes it hard to say anything bad about the media-torn Chris Brown. Also, if he didn’t mention that it was in honour of MCA, we wouldn’t have known. He doesn’t exactly capture the spirit of Adam Yauch in the video.
Watch it here:
In the music video for “Sweet Love”, you will see Chris Brown shirtless, wet and getting down and dirty in the rain.
Featuring a makeout session in bed and women levitating off beds, this video is certainly as steamy as the song’s lyrics.
What do you think?
Some commenters on the video have even stated that the lead girl in the video looks a lot like Selena Gomez. Maybe from afar…but I don’t think she would ever do something like that. Justin Bieber probably wouldn’t be happy about that!
Nicki Minaj wants nothing more than the guy who’s wooing her in the video for “Right By My Side” to get with it and lay a kiss on her. What does a girl have to do? He offers her a silver coin to throw in the fountain and it’s not very hard to guess what she wishes for.
No… she probably didn’t wish for him to buy her a swag car with a pink ribbon wrapped around it, though that’s a sweet, albeituncomfortable, gesture on his part. It was definitely the kiss that she wished for. She looks up at the moon at the end with this goofy, childlike expression like “yah, you know this is what I wanted.”
It’s unsure where Chris Brown stands in the video. We get glimpses of him singing on the side but he never really interrupts the plot. It’s funny Minaj employed rapper Nas as her leading man when Brown was there the whole time. Still, the two seem to strike a friendship in the Benny Boom-directed video.
Minaj has a flair for the dramatic, though compared to her other videos this one is pared down significantly — she doesn’t even change hair colours! Shock.
Watch it here: