“Rum and Raybans” – Sean Kingston ft. Cher Lloyd
One again, Sean Kingston has a hit on his hands with “Rum and Raybans,” the new single off his latest album Back 2 Life. The premise of the song is simple: All Mr. Kingston needs to have fun on the dance floor is a glass of rum in his hand and Raybans on his face (you know, to protect his eyes from all the bright lights and such). And all I need to have fun is this song pounding on the speakers…and some rum would be nice too. There’s a ton of synth, a robot voice, hard beat, Kingston’s signature reggae type vocals, and the one and only Cher Lloyd lending her sauciness to the mix. If you’re looking for some new party tracks I definitely recommend this one.
“How” – Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor gets dark and emotional in her new single “How.” The somber track is about breaking up and wondering how she can ever live without her ex-beau. It’s all quite heartbreaking and Spektor’s powerful pipes will give you chills. The beauty of the song shines through the video, which is shot with a combination of animation and live action. Directed by Margo Weathers, Spektor is impeccably styled with quirky violin-inspired makeup, feathers, and butterfly wings. Spektor’s new album What We Saw From the Cheap Seats is out now.
“The Boys” – Nicki Minaj ft. Cassie
All righty people. If you’re at work right now I would suggest turning your laptop away so your boss can’t see you computer screen because things are about to get pretty raunchy. But what else can you expect from a collaboration with bombshells Nicki Minaj and Cassie right? The track itself is catchy as hell alternating between fast rapping from Nicki and then slowing it down with an acoustic guitar and slow singing from Cassie. The ladies strut their stuff in leotards, hang out in a very pink barbershop, and pretty much just remind everyone that they’re sexy and they know it. Then things get a little weird and Nicki kills everyone. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
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There’s a fine line between sampling a song and straight ripping off someone else’s artistic integrity. Imitation is recognized as the highest form of flattery – but at what point does it go too far?
Most recently, Madonna finally spoke out about her insane influence of Lady Gaga, with focus on ‘Born This Way‘ and it’s similarity with Madge’s 1989 hit ‘Express Yourself’. And in the spirit of that buzz – we’re delighted to bring you a little sampling, thirteen songs that famously ripped off others (and were pretty successful in their own right). Some of which dealt with court settlements and others were able to slip through the legal cracks. For those arguing that the likes of Hammer and Vanilla Ice had the right to sample – both were busted by the predecessors for their use. Ice even argued in an episode of VH1′s ‘Behind the Music’ that it was completely original and the sampling accusations were bogus.
Tell us what you think! Below are thirteen examples, first being the song that ripped off the following song:
Jennifer Lopez “On The Floor (Ft. Pitbull)” VS. Los Kjarkas “Lloranda se fue”
The fantastic foursome of Will.I.Am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap – otherwise known as the Black Eyed Peas, came together for a final farewell at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday.
Hosted by Queen Latifah, the concert also featured performances from Cee-Lo Green, Jason DeRulo, Flo Rida, T-Pain and Sean Kingston – all respectable fans of the Peas.
Will.i.am reflected on the earlier days of the Californian group. “I remember when we got 30 dollars to play a Cal State Northridge party. And it feels so good that this many years later we’re here and we thank you guys from the bottom of our hearts for helping us pursue our dreams.”
He also had some advice for up-and-coming musicians:
“Whatever it is you wanna do in life, if somebody tells you no, don’t listen to them. Pursue your dreams, surround yourself with good friends,” he preached. “Black Eyed Peas is a family, we are friends, and we helped each other get here—and you guys are an extension of that friendship. We are here in this stadium today representing family and love, a day before Thanksgiving, and we thank you guys for the love.”
He is in the midst of prepping his much-hyped solo album “#willpower” that is set for release next year. Fergie, the 36-year-old songstress, wants to focus on starting a family with her husband, actor Josh Duhamal. While apl.de.ap is planning on going home to the Philippines and Taboo will get to spend more time with his family. It’s the end of an era, my friends.
Despite their hiatus, the group insists they are not breaking up. ”We always have two cycles of records and then we take a break. And then two cycles of records and then a break. When we take breaks you know, we work on side projects and get our personal stuff in order then come back and make beautiful music. We think beautiful music,” he recently told Ellen DeGeneres.
Will you miss BEP? Let us know.
As if Justin Bieber doesn’t have enough reasons for melting our hearts…
He and pal Sean Kingston made sure to stop by and say hello to some kids at the Children’s Hospital who really needed to be cheered up.
Bieber never fails to impress with his charitable donations. It’s a true fact that he has a heart of gold. Justin’s raised money for various charities. He once gave $10,000 to the Stratford House of Blessing, a food pantry in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario.
In this video, Justin sings his songs “Baby” and “Under the Mistletoe” to the kids and even took pictures and gave them autographs. You can tell the kids really enjoyed his presence. As big of a star Justin is and is continuing to be, it’s amazing to see him so down-to-earth.
Miami Beach Police have released the 911 call when Sean Kingston crashed his jet ski in May.
“Do you see any bleeding, any injuries you that you can see?” asked a 911 operator.
“Yes, yes,” replied an island resident who said she could see the scene from her house. “There’s people injured. There’s a bridge and they didn’t the bridge and they smashed themselves into the bridge.”
Of course the jet skier ended up being Sean Kingston.
“We have the security from our island going to them,” the woman reported as she urged the operator to send water rescue as fast as possible. “He’s walking to them and they are in the water and there’s a boat coming now.”
Sean was lucky to survive the accident and recovered fully. In fact Sean announced that he has a new album coming out called “Back 2 Life”.
Justin Bieber had a run in with the law. The Biebs was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol along with other cars in his entourage. Bieber was cruising in a Batman themed Cadillac, reports TMZ.
The other cars Justin was traveling with include a Range Rover and a Rolls Royce driven by Sean Kingston. The boys were driving very recklessly and cut off a Highway Patrol officer.
Justin’s big brother Sean Kinston seems to be having a negative influence on him. Run in with the law isn’t cool!
A report by the Miami police shows that Sean Kingston is to blame for his jet ski accident in May. As we reported, Kingston crashed his jet ski into a bridge, leaving him critically injured.
The report obtained by TMZ says Kingston’s ”inexperience” and “inattention” were solely to blame. He apparently released the throttle while making a turn, which caused him to lose control.
The report also shows that his body hit the bridge with such force, that it left an imprint on the side of the bridge.
This dude is lucky to be alive.
In a post on his Twitter page, Bieber writes, “Had a great studio session with my big bro Sean Kingston and the talented jonathanrotem. Goodmusic.”
The two buddies have recorded together before, and have also toured together.
You think after nearly dying on a jet ski, Sean Kinston would take a break from the dangerous machines. However, Kingston insists that he will get another one soon.
Talking to Ryan Seacrest, Kingston said, “I’m gonna go on another jet-ski… I was new to the area; I had just moved to the island and I didn’t know about the tides, I didn’t know about anything like that. It happened to me because I chose to ride around in that area, but there’s so much water that I could have chosen to ride around on.”
Well – at least the guy has a hobby.
Sometimes it takes a life changing event to reevaluate yourself. That’s exactly what happened to Sean Kingston after his jet ski accident on May 29. Since then, he has been committed to losing weight and being healthy.
Before the accident, Sean was weighing in around 300 pounds, but he has lost some weight during his recovery. ”Actually, I shed like 45 pounds, and I’ve been working out every day. So I’ve been really getting my healthiness [together],” he told MTV.
“Right now, I do the bicycle, I do the treadmill, I play basketball. But I got to keep it up and lose more weight,” Kingston told Sway. “It’s easy to gain weight when you’re in the studio. That’s how it first started out but I’m cutting all that out. I don’t eat after 6 [p.m.], and then I really just do the treadmill, and that’s what it is. I feel a lot better.”
It sounds like a completely new Sean.
TMZ says Bieber was at the wheel, but the car actually belongs to Kingston. As they were driving so “inconspicuously,” fans somehow spotted the two and swarmed the car outside a Friday’s. Bieber had to call the cops for help.
Luckily a plain clothes officer was nearby and helped control the crowd.
What do these two guys expect? They are rolling in a $300k car with the top down, and they are two major celebrities. Somebody is going to notice!
As if Sean Kingston didn’t have enough problems after crashing his jet ski, he now could face criminal charges after the accident. Why? Well he has disturbed the precious local manatees.
TMZ reports where Kingston crashed last weekend is a manatee zone — and according to Florida state law, boats and watercrafts are prohibited from producing a wake in manatee-populated areas.
The investigation is ongoing, but if he is charged, Kingston could face a $32,500 fine. However, Sean probably doesn’t give a f*ck about a $32,500 fine, and we don’t think Mr. Kingston is going to lose sleep over the manatees.
Sean Kingston has been “stabilized” after a jet ski accident on Sunday, which landed him in the trauma ward of a Miami hospital.
The singer’s publicist, Joseph Carozza, released the following statement: “Sean Kingston is now stabilized and has moved from the trauma unit to ICU. Sean’s family thanks everyone for their prayers and support during this time.”
Kingston was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital yesterday after he and a female passenger crashed into the Palm Island Bridge around 6:00 p.m. EST. A boater rescued the pair from the water, and Miami Fire Rescue crews brought the singer and passenger to the hospital.
Kingston’s hospitalization has resulted in plenty of support by both his fans and fellow celebs on Twitter. The hashtag #prayforseankingston has been a top trending topic since news of the accident spread, while artists including Bieber, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown have tweeted messages for the singer.
“Got my friend @seankingston in my prayers tonight,” wrote Bieber. “A true friend and big bro. Please keep him in your prayers tonight as well.”
Soulja Boy tweeted, “Praying for my brother @seankingston I hope he makes a full recovery.”
“Praying for my bro Sean Kingston,” wrote Brown, while Rihanna added, “Sean we praying for you baby.”
“My love and prayers are with Sean Kingston and his family,” wrote Minaj.
Get well soon, Kingston.
Singer Sean Kingston is in critical condition in Miami following a crash into a bridge from his watercraft around 6pm local time.
The Miami Fire Department responded to the scene and both Kingston and the female passenger were transported to the Jackson Memorial Hospital.
At this moment, officials do not believe alcohol played a role in the crash.
According to a quote from Kingston’s rep, TMZ was told, “Sean Kingston was in an accident today. No further details are available at the moment. He and his family thank everyone for the well-wishes.”
As this story develops, officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Earlier this month, two women accused Sean Kingston and a group of other men of sexual assault in a Seattle hotel room.
Both women told police that the men held them against their will, and were forced to having sex with the men. However, after police investigated further, they decided not to pursue charges against Kingston and the other men as they did not feel the claim was valid.
TMZ caught up with Kingston and asked him about the rape accusations. He replied by saying “That’s a rumor man.”
This incident evidently occurred while Kingston was on tour with Justin Bieber.
Sean Kingston has been accused of rape by a woman in Seattle, but police do not believe the allegation is credible, reports TMZ.
The alleged incident occurred Sunday night at a Crowne Plaza Hotel. Two women, 19 and 20 years old, showed up at a party in the hotel room already intoxicated. One woman had sex with Kingston, along with two other men once he left the room. The other woman had sex with another man in the room.
An ambulance was called to the hotel and both women were transported to hospital where rape tests were performed. The women are also being tested for Rufinol, but the results are not available.
Kingston was initially asked to be interviewed by the police, however police have now determined the accusations are not credible.
Kingston is scheduled to perform with Justin Bieber tonight in Portland.
Jason Derulo gets giddy with excitement when discussing his feeling as artist with a hit debut single like Whatcha Say.
Not because of the fame that tags along with it’s no. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, or 750,000 sold copies, or invitation to join Lady Gaga on her Monster Ball Tour, but the anticipation, knowing that he hasn’t even tapped into his potential as an artist yet.
“I’m just beginning man,” Derulo tells andPOP from Los Angeles. “It’s definitely an interesting feeling. It’s almost as if I feel like people have no idea of what I can offer as an artist, the impact that I can have.”
When Iyaz received a message in his MySpace inbox from Sean Kingston, he initially thought it was a joke and ignored him. But when Kingston didn’t stop pursuing the artist, Iyaz reconsidered.
“I ignored him for like a week,” chuckles Iyaz, 22, during an interview with andPOP. “Come on, that’s like Jay-Z messaging you and telling you that he’s interested. I just thought he was a fake or a knock-off, so I even gave him a bogus number at one point. He was in Japan at the time, and eventually I gave him my real number, and he flew me out to see him.”
The rest was history.
The two soul-infused artists clicked immediately, and within two weeks, Iyaz was subsequently signed to Kingston’s freshly-formed company, Time is Money Entertainment.
J.R. Rotem, the talented songwriter and producer behind most of Iyaz’s tracks, subsequently signed Iyaz through Time Is Money/Beluga Heights, which has a new label partnership with Warner Bros. Records.
In fact, Iyaz doesn’t even consider the label in business terms, rather just with affection. “It’s like being a part of a family. I don’t even consider it a label, I consider it my family. We love producing music together, performing together. It’s an amazing atmosphere, we have a lot of fun.” He even laughs that Kingston’s mom is just like his.
Iyaz, whose actual name is Keidran Jones, was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands but raised in the British Virgin Islands in Tortola. He attributes much of his musical passion and talent to the influence his home and family had on him as he grew up. Son of two extremely musical parents, the talent has apparently passed on to their children. He describes his sound as “reggae infused, with pop, and R&B. You never really know what you’re going to get. There’s that island sound as well.”
Dan is always interviewing indie bands or underground acts, so we thought we would give him a change of scenery with the glitz and glamour of V-Fest Toronto. Dan had the pleasure of speaking with Sean Kingston, Mutemath, Plants and Animals, The Von Bondies and more!