Posted in "Good Fridays", "Runaway", 'Dark Twisted Fantasy', Album Artwork, Album Cover, Def Jam, Def Jam Records, G.O.O.D Friday, Hip-Hop News, Kanye, Kanye West, Pusha T

Album Cover: Kanye West Unveils New Album Artwork For His Single “Runaway”


Less than a week and a half ago, Kanye West unveiled his single “Runaway” which features Pusha T at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards through a charged performance. The single also has an accompanying 40 minute film to boot.

Today West revealed the official cover art to the anthem claimed to be for “assholes, douche-bags and jerk-offs.” The artwork features a ballerina twirling against the composition of a green wall, seen below:

This one is missing the trademark artwork since it wasn’t a G.O.O.D Friday release. “Runaway” is expected to be included on West‘s fifth album, reportedly titled ‘Dark Twisted Fantasy’, due this fall on Def Jam Records.

Listen and download Kanye West’s latest single “Runaway” below. Enjoy!!

Listen: 

Download It: Kanye West feat. Pusha T – “Runaway”

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Posted in Album Cover, ‘Little Drummer Boy’, ‘Merry Christmas II You‘, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘Oh Santa’, ‘The First Noel’, David LaChapelle, Dr. Jenn Berman, HSN, James Poyser, Jermaine Dupri, Luscious Pink, Marc Shaiman, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Youtube

Album Cover: Mariah Carey Unveils New Album Cover Plus More

Mariah Carey has officially unveiled her festive cover artwork for her upcoming LP ‘Merry Christmas II You‘. The artwork was shot by noted celebrity photographer David LaChapelle. The first single to be lifted from the project will be the Bryan Michael-Cox produced ‘Oh Santa’, and the LP itself will drop in stores on November 2nd, courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group.

The project features a brand new recording of Mariah’s all-time classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, as well as festive covers such as ‘The First Noel’, ‘Little Drummer Boy’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ just to name the few. Producers Randy Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, James Poyser and Marc Shaiman also worked with the singer on FOUR original new songs for the album.

I don’t know why she’s remaking such a classic and one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. This song will never me re-made the way it originally sounds. I hope that for her sake it comes out better if not the same. I can’t wait to start hearing the new tunes all over NYC, while I’m Christmas shopping.

In more Mariah news…

Mariah Carey is Launching a Collection with HSN

According to reports, not only is the multi-talented diva known for her Grammy-award winning voice, and her sexy looks, but now she is taking on a new business venture. Mariah Carey has announced that she will be partnering with Home Shopping Network ‘HSN’, for the launch of a new lifestyle collection. HSN line will feature the lifestyle collection offering “jewelry, including pieces that incorporate her signature butterfly motif, footwear, and a limited edition version of her Luscious Pink fragrance, that includes a butterfly bottle cap and a personal note from the Grammy Award winner.”

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These items will be available at affordable prices on the HSN and also online at hsn.com ranging from shoes ($69.99-$169.90) and jewelry ($39.99-$199.95). The collection will premiere on November 29th, 2010 so be sure to tune in!

Her next order of business? Possibly a baby line following rumors that neither Carey or her husband has denied. The recent buzz is that a friend of the Mariah bought a book called “SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in The First Three Years,” at a book signing with author Dr. Jenn Berman in Los Angeles last week.

The message written went something like this:

“Dear Mariah, Congratulations! I hope this helps you through the first three years.”

So many exciting things happening for the diva.

Check out a video below of my favorite Mariah Christmas song.

Be sure to tune into Mariah Carey’s HSN line come November! Leave us your thoughts!

Posted in Album Cover, “The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted”, Gucci Mane, Tour Dates, Touring It Up

Touring It Up: Gucci Mane

Gucci Mane finally has a release date for his new album, “The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted,” which drops September 28th. He is currently on the road touring right now!

Below is the schedule for his current tour dates:

9/14: Philadelphia PA and Baltimore, MD
9/15: Washington, DC
9/16: Charlotte, NC
9/17: Pompano Beach, FL
9/18: Houston, TX
9/19: New Orleans, LA
9/20: Houston and Dallas, TX
9/21: Dallas, TX & Oklahoma City/Tulsa, OK
9/22: Little Rock, AR
9/23: Memphis, TN
9/24: Jackson/Biloxi, MS
9/25: Mobile, AL
9/26: Minneapolis, MN
9/27: New York, NY
9/28: Atlanta, GA

Posted in "Passion Pain & Pleasure", "READY", Album Cover, Drake, Eric Hudson, Fabolous, Kane Beatz, Lil Wayne, Music News, Trey Songz, Troy Taylor

Music News: Trey Songz’s “Passion – Pain & Pleasure”

Trey Songz premiered a full stream of his fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure”, this past week. The album is being released only one year after the super successful “Ready.

Trey Songz much anticipated new album “Passion, Pain & Pleasure” will hit stores next Tuesday, September 14th, but you can preview the full LP right now. The record features production from Eric Hudson, Troy Taylor and Kane Beatz among others. Give the entire album a listen below.

Not one to watch his time in the spotlight fade, R&B crooner Trey Songz keeps himself busy. Most of the time, it appears he’s is in the studio either recording his own material or providing hooks for pals like Lil Wayne and Drake. The Virginia native also apparently finds time to bang out a slew of remixes and freestyles, which he began doing heavily in 2008. And even though Songz‘s third album, the gold-selling “Ready”, was only released in August 2009, he immediately began crafting “Passion, Pain & Pleasure”. Details remain scarce on the album, other than the fact it’s likely to be filled with sexed-up club balladry. But expect previous collaborators Drake and Fabolous to make an appearance along with producer Troy Taylor.

Check out the tracklist below…

‘Passion, Pain & Pleasure’ Tracklisting

1 Here We Go Again (Interlude)
2 Love Faces
3 Massage
4 Alone
5 Bottoms Up (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
6 Pain (Interlude)
7 Can’t Be Friends
8 Please Return My Call
9 Made To Be Together
10 Pleasure (Interlude)
11 Red Lipstick
12 Doorbell
13 Passion (Interlude)
14 Unfortunate
15 I Like Dat (Freak Freaky Dance)
16 Blind
17 You Just Need Me

Preview: Trey Songz – Passion, Pain & Pleasure

Posted in “Only Girl (In The World)”, Music, Music In Ya Ear, New Music, Rihanna

Music In Ya Ear!: Rihanna – “Only Girl (In The World)”

Tastefully posing nude in a field somewhere, Rihanna covers herself with a red rose dress for the single cover of “Only Girl (In the World).” Whoever the photographer is, he or she really did a great job and even managed to make Rihanna’s longer red hair look GOOD. Red is a favorite color of ours and it’s just as LOUD as can be.

On “Only Girl (In The World)”, the “Don’t Stop The Music’ to the 9th power” first single from Rihanna‘s forthcoming fifth album “Loud”, the Barbadian pop star opts to leave behind the dark and serious bent of her mostly drab previous album ‘Rated R’ for a return trip to the dance floor.

Twirling about in the strobe-light bedazzled of production unit Stargate‘s delirious trance/ house euphoria, “Girl” sees Rihanna ordering the latest object of her affection to “make me feel like I’m the only girl in the world/ Like I’m the only one that you’ll ever love”, the combination of her open-throat belt of these lines with the backing beat’s dramatically stabbing synth showcasing what can arguably be deemed her strongest pop diva moment yet.

But even in it’s surefire bid at keeping Rihanna’s name at or around the top of the single charts for the next couple of months, the track isn’t the most progressive move she could’ve taken, disappointingly positioning her as only the latest big-named American pop star (following in the lines of Usher, Akon, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Rowland, Kelis, and so many others) to turn to the generic Euro-cheese sound for an easy win.

Acceptable (for now)… I will have to listen to it a few times until it sticks, but if rocking the club crowd is going to be Loud‘s main focus (and not, sadly, the full-on reggae/dancehall – tinged pop detour we were hoping for in the light of “Rude Boy”‘s success), we’re going to expect the rest of the album to have Rihanna seeking some new, dynamic way to be the queen of the Ibiza scene.

The album is expected sometime in November.

Check out the song below…

Posted in 'Rated R', "Hard", "The Alexa Chung Show", "Wait Your Turn", 20/20, ABC, Album Cover, Album Releases, Anthony Mandler, Celebrity News, Def Jam, Def Jam Records, Diane Sawyer, Entertainment, Entertainment News, Glamour, Glamour Magazine, Glamour.com, Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop News, MTV, Music, Music News, photos, pictures, R&B, R&B News, Rihanna, Women Of The Year 2009

Music News: ‘Rated R’ – The Wait Is Finally Over!!

IN STORES NOW!!! 

'Rated R'

The countdown to the most anticipated album of the year is finally over. Rated R, has officially been released TODAY on Def Jam Records.
 
At 12:00AM Tuesday, November 3rd, Rated R and it’s smash, lead single “Russian Roulette” went on sale at the iTunes Music Store. Fans who pre-ordered the album received “Russian Roulette,” instantly. Included in the iTunes edition of Rated R were special, exclusive director’s cuts of the videos for “Russian Roulette” and “Wait Your Turn,” both helmed by acclaimed director Anthony Mandler.
 
Just as Rihanna started the countdown to her album launch and debuted her first single on her website, the “Wait Your Turn” video which had premiered, November 3rd exclusively at Rihannanow.com.

Russian Roulette Single Cover

“Russian Roulette” has already exploded on radio stations across the country, with literally hundreds of stations coming in early to add the powerful, haunting ballad into rotation. “Russian Roulette” has garnered more than 20 million in audience nationwide, in just it’s first official add week. The “Russian Roulette” video premiered on November 13th on 20/20. Where she had an Exclusive Interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC primetime. 

Rihanna - Glamour's "Women of the Year"
Rihanna is Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year

Rihanna continued her media blitz with a stunning photo spread for the cover of Glamour Magazine’s prestigious “Women Of The Year,” which have already hit newsstands nationwide. She and Glamour’s other honorees were feted with a special event in New York City on Monday, November 9th. On that same day, Rihanna made a special appearance on MTV’s “The Alexa Chung Show.”

The track listing for Rated R is as follows:
1. Mad House
2. Wait Your Turn
3. Hard featuring Jeezy
4. Stupid In Love
5. ROCKSTAR 101 featuring Slash
6. Russian Roulette
7. Fire Bomb
8. Rude Boy
9. Photographs featuring will.i.am
10. G4L
11. Te Amo
12. Cold Case Love  
13. The Last Song  

MORE PHOTOS BELOW….

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Source: Island Def Jam