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The Good

Pop stars join “I’m Gonna Be Your Friend” campaign

Famine in East Africa has resulted in millions of starving children, and performers like Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears are using their star power to help put a stop to it. As part of Save the Children’s “I’m Gonna Be Your Friend” campaign, these guys will be tweeting info on how you can donate. Or you can cut out the middle man and go here to download an exclusive video to Bob Marley’s “High Tide or Low Tide.” All proceeds will benefit relief efforts in East Africa. Go tell famine to eff off.

“Watch The Throne” expected to sell 500,000 in first week


The richest rapper in the world and his H.A.M. buddy Yeezy delivered their long-anticipated LP, Watch the Throne this week. The record is expected to sell 500,000 its first week, according to Billboard, meaning Jay-Z will likely keep his hip hop heavyweight title for another year. We think they should buy a couple Bob Marley downloads with all that money, don’t you?

The Bad

Kelly Rowland perfects double nip slip

Not to be outdone by Nicki Minaj’s single nip slip on Good Morning America, Kelly Rowland revealed both of hers during a performance in New Jersey. After busting out of her bustier, the singer sent a sheepish tweet to fans, saying, “Hope you enjoyed the show and didn’t mind the peekaboo LOL!!!” We’re sure no one did.

And then this happened

Daniel Edwards, the artist known for his nude sculptures of Britney Spears giving birth and Angelina Jolie breastfeeding, has turned his iconoclastic eye on a new target: lovebirds Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Nice sculpture. It’s missing a tattoo, though.

The Ugly

M.I.A. offers Mars bars and tea to London rioters

Mistress of inflammatory statements, M.I.A. put her foot in it again this week by cheekily tweeting that she was going to hand out Mars bars and tea to rioters in London. It’s clear the singer wants desperately to be anti-establishment, but seriously—rewarding people for their violence? For shame Maya Arulpragasam. For shame.

Gavin DeGraw gets a beat down


Gavin DeGraw was hospitalized this week after being attacked in the wee hours of Monday morning in New York’s East Village. DeGraw suffered a broken nose and facial cuts at the hands of several unknown assailants. “Honestly I don’t remember much, “ he tweeted to concerned fans afterwards. Police have made no arrests, but whoever did it is probably getting a Milky Way from M.I.A.

Miscellany

Watch The Hype: How Kanye and Jay-Z Are Creating a Storm of Anticipation

If you have an Internet connection, chances are you’ve heard of Watch The Throne, the collaborative album between hip hop heavyweights Kanye West and Jay-Z. First announced as a five-track EP last October, the project became more ambitious and was soon reported to be a full-length album. The duo dropped the single “H.A.M.” in January, with the album set to be released sometime in the spring. Spring passed, and still no word from either on Kanye or Jay-Z on any release date for the album. Rumors started popping up that the two would drop the album on July 4th without any promotion in order to prevent leaks. The Fourth of July came and went, and still no album. Three days later, Jay-Z held a private listening party with a select group of music journalists. Jay explained that the album was a work in progress and that songs and track listings could change before the official release. Any recordings or tweeting during the event was forbidden. The next day, music writers who were lucky enough (like our own Cortney Willis) to get an invite posted their thoughts on the tracks they heard, but there was still no word on a release date.

They even have matching outfits!

I guess you could say it’s kind of a big deal. It’s no surprise considering the duo released two of the biggest albums of the last two years. Jay-Z’s 2009 album The Blueprint 3 has sold over 1.9 million copies, and Kanye’s 2010 effort My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has sold 1.16 million copies. But why do we have to wait so long to hear this thing? According to Jay, the long wait can be attributed to the fact that they have recorded three different versions of the album, with both parties having multiple changes of heart as to the artistic direction the album should take.

So what have the two achieved with all the delays and secrecy? Anticipation, hype and lofty expectations. Letting a select few hear the album while telling the rest of the world they have to wait just makes people want to hear it more. The fact that the album has gone through three different iterations to make it “perfect” gives it much higher expectations in the eyes of the eagerly awaiting fans. Fortunately for us, the wait is nearly over, as the duo just announced the official release date: August 8th. And there’s even more reason for fans to get excited, because the two have announced that they will be touring North America together. With everyone and their grandmother watching—and waiting—for the Throne, here’s hoping that it will live up to all the hype. If there’s anyone in the industry that can do it, it’s ‘Ye and Jay.

Killer Collabos

The only thing more exciting than a new single from your favorite artist is a new single from two or three of your favorite artists. Whether the aim is to break a new artist with an established one, widen a fanbase or re-establish a prior claim to fame; good collaborations have a way of making fans feel like they lucked out. Check out some of the latest download-worthy duos.

Jay-Z and Kanye dropped “H.A.M.” today; the first single from their highly anticipated collaboration record, due out in March. The yet-to-be-titled project is sure to be a crowd pleaser, with two of the best rappers in the game on one album.

Chris Brown turned out two singles in one week, and seems to be back to the danceable ditties that made him a mainstay on the scene. Whether you like the kid or not, it’s hard to deny his talent, especially when he can’t seem to make anything but a hit.

“Look At Me Now” Chris Brown ft. Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne:

On this track, Brown tries his hand at rapping alongside serious spitters, Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne. While this could be a risky move, he pulls it off to deliver an effortless verse complemented by the heavy-hitting emcees.

“Where Do We Go From Here” Chris Brown ft. Pitbull:

This club banger is certain to heat up the dance floor with Brown belting out the hook between Pitbull’s energizing, signature style. The trance-y beat makes it impossible to stand still.

“Yep Dats Me” Jamie Foxx ft. Ludacris & Soulja Boy:

This slightly surprising mash-up is one to dedicate to all your haters. The catchy hook is classic Soulja Boy, and Ludacris heats up the track in a tone reminiscent of his early days on the mic. While the majority of Foxx’s album is intended for the bedroom, this is one to bang in the streets.

“Speechless” Alicia Keys ft. Eve:

Alicia’s first post-baby ballad is produced by her hubby, Swizz Beatz and is pre-empted by her saying, “I’m at a brand new time in my life, I got a brand new feeling.” Eve gives a great performance that makes us even more eager for her album to drop later this year.

“Buyou” Keri Hilson ft. J. Cole:

Hilson’s latest LP, No Boys Allowed is clearly dedicated to the ladies, and this sassy track is tailored to the “fly girls getting money” who want the same from their men. Newcomer J. Cole is perfectly poised to win over the female market as he spits his appreciation for independent women, and urges them not to settle for broke boys.

“That Good” Snoop Dogg ft. Wiz Khalifa:

Ganja lovers rejoice—the self-proclaimed “New Cheech & Chong” are at it again, releasing the first-single from the soundtrack to their upcoming, untitled movie. The title refers to the potent weed strains these talented tokers have on hand, and is sure to become a new stoner anthem. Here’s to hoping Wiz stays out of trouble long enough to get through filming.

Keep the collabos coming.

 


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