Ashanti, Murder Inc’s former First Lady, stopped by The Breakfast Club Morning Show for some “hot seat” fun. In an open and honest interview she discussed her decision to go independent as well as her past trouble with her old boss Irv Gotti. She also finally confirmed what everyone already knew about her and Nelly officially being an item and their relationship issues over the years.
On going Independent
Between 2009 and 2012, I got offered seven deals from majors and each of them involved a 360 [deals] and for me, the integrity of that, I just couldn’t sit with me because that was before they were offering carve outs. And I feel I just built too much to have them dig that much into my pockets. So it was kind of like a choice and a push. And it was scary, super scary. I remember being in L.A. and thinking ‘Damn, did I just commit career suicide?’ You know what I’m saying? But we went into survival. I have an amazing team. And I felt like this is what we need to do.
On leaving Murder Inc.
To be honest, it’s not like I left. Murder Inc. dissolved. After the indictment, after everything that happened. I think our last situation was with Universal and I think, that was like, on a thread. So after that last album, that was it. You know? Situations happened with Ja, situations happened with Irv and I was like ‘Okay, we gotta make something pop.’
Irv Gotti came up here and said otherwise. He said he felt like you weren’t loyal at all.
Of course he did… and it’s crazy. Irv is very emotional… But you know, Irv, that was a lot of stress he dealt with and I feel like a lot of things, a lot of statements he made came from an emotional place instead of the truth.
Because it was very obvious…I rode ’til the wheels fell, the car caved in, the windshield blew out, the mufflers- you know what I mean? I rode out the whole time. I went to the trial. I was in Canada shooting a film and it specifically stated in my contract that I could not leave [and] I came to the trial 3-4 times.
So for him to say, ‘Oh she’s not loyal, she ain’t wanna throw up the Ms,’ that’s not true at all. So I feel like now is kinda like my chance to be ‘brave’ enough to talk about the situation. Because I’m kind of like on a whole new page, a whole new movement now.
On Getting Made Fun of for Her Sideburns
I have nice hair, I ain’t even gon’ lie. So you know, when you have good hair, you’re hairy. You got sideburns. Some people love sideburns. So this is what I thought. On TV, on film and in pictures, it looks a little different [laughs] but when you looking in the mirror. You know, you gelling it down, you know it’s soft. But on film and on camera, it may look a little different… it looks a little funny… So [now] I just make sure they look good on film, and on camera, and in person.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has recently been doing some promo for her new series Gotham! The 42-year-old (beautiful) actress appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show recently for a truly insightful interview. Jada spoke about her early relationship with Will Smith as she shared a nice story of meeting him. She said her mom knew he was the one before she did. She also opened up about her friendship with Tupac! Check out the videos below.
Legendary R&B Group TLC continue to prove that they still have it when it comes to performing amazing shows. Recently,
T Boz and Chili took part in this year’s Super Bowl by taking the stage at VH1′s Super Bowl Blitz. The iconic group performed “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” and “Creep” in NYC at the Beacon Theatre. Everyone knows how you feel when you hear that trumpet sound at the beginning of “Creep”! It’s time to immediately get up and hit the creep dance. TLC’s show was epic and an hour long. They took us back to the good old 90s and early 2000s with their hits. Check out the videos below.
Single Ladies cast sits down with Bossip (video above)
Single Ladies is back! Season 3 premiered on the 6th and episode 2 was shown last night. Our favorite new series returns with the same core cast and an impressive roster of guest stars like T.I., Keke Palmer, and Ja Rule. To accompany the return of the series is the launch of an eBook series written by New York Times bestselling author Ashley Antoinette which fills in the blanks of what happens to each character between season two and three. Single Ladies is bringing in the new year with sex, love, and friendship.
Raquel turns her focus to her boutique, Indulgence, and soon finds passion in an unexpected partnership. April lands the opportunity of a lifetime working for one of Atlanta’s most powerful music managers, Felicia Price (LeToya Luckett), who rules her company and the music world with an iron stiletto. While navigating Price Management, April gets embroiled into an ongoing rivalry with her new colleague David Berenger (Damien Dante Wayans). As Keisha and Malcolm (D.B. Woodside) return to Atlanta from traveling around the world, their relationship is threatened by a sudden tragedy, a mysterious woman, Naomi Cox, (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and other unexpected secrets.
Denise Vasi says that coming from a modeling background she has to prove that she’s more than a pretty face. Lisa Raye said that she doesn’t feel that she has to ever do another ‘Player’s Club’ like film because she has grown so much from that. However it doesn’t mean she won’t do a sexy scene in a movie or sitcom. Check out the series Monday nights at 9!
Ciara confirmed her pregnancy on the View today. Rumors of her pregnancy began to swirl after her appearance at an Atlanta toy drive over the holidays.
In November, Ciara spoke candidly to E! about her upcoming wedding with Future and starting a family.
“We talked about what we want to do,” she says. “We don’t have all the details yet but I definitely want it to be very special and I know I don’t want it to be when it’s burning hot. I want perfect weather! Like, right when the sun starts to get really warm or right when it ends.”
Congrats to the happy couple.
It’s a sad day in Atlanta, GA today and in Hip Hip Hop period. Prominent Atlanta DJ, Nando was fatally shot at his home this morning. Details are ongoing, but so far, police have no suspects.
Dj Nando is an ATL Legend. He was a very kind and giving individual who broke a lot of records!! Nando kept the records spinning and the clubs poppin’ over the years in Atlanta.
Many celebrities took to their twitter and instagram pages to send their condolences or share memories they had with Nando.
The 56th Grammy Awards will air January 26,2014 in Los Angeles. This is the biggest night in music. The recording industry’s most prestigious award, the GRAMMY, is presented annually by The Recording Academy. A GRAMMY is awarded by The Recording Academy’s voting membership to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences. It is truly a peer honor, awarded by and to artists and technical professionals for artistic or technical achievement, not sales or chart positions (GRAMMY Awards Voting Process). The annual GRAMMY Awards presentation brings together thousands of creative and technical professionals in the recording industry from all over the world. Check out some of the nominees below.
1. Record Of The Year
Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert & Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers
Track from: Random Access Memories
Label: Columbia Records
Alex Da Kid, producer; Manny Marroquin & Josh Mosser, engineers/mixers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer
Track from: Night Visions
Label: Kidinakorner/ Interscope
Joel Little, producer; Joel Little, engineer/mixer; Stuart Hawkes, mastering engineer
Track from: Pure Heroine
Label: Universal Music
Locked Out Of Heaven
Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Mark Ronson & The Smeezingtons, producers; Alalal, Josh Blair, Wayne Gordon, Ari Levine, Manny Marroquin & Mark Ronson, engineers/mixers; David Kutch, mastering engineer
Track from: Unorthodox Jukebox
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell
Pharrell, producer; Andrew Coleman & Tony Maserati, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Track from: Blurred Lines
Label: Star Trak/ Interscope
2. Album Of The Year
The Blessed Unrest
Sara Bareilles, Mark Endert & John O’Mahony, producers; Jeremy Darby, Mark Endert & John O’Mahony, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer
Label: Epic Records
Random Access Memories
Julian Casablancas, DJ Falcon, Todd Edwards, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams & Pharrell Williams, featured artists; Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, DJ Falcon & Todd Edwards, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Guillaume Le Braz & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert & Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers
Label: Columbia Records
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Drake, Jay Rock, Jay Z, MC Eiht & Anna Wise, featured artists; DJ Dahi, Hit-Boy, Skhye Hutch, Just Blaze, Like, Terrace Martin, Dawaun Parker, Pharrell, Rahki, Scoop DeVille, Sounwave, Jack Splash, Tabu, Tha Bizness & T-Minus, producers; Derek Ali, Dee Brown, Dr. Dre, James Hunt, Mauricio ‘Veto”" Iragorri, Mike Larson, Jared Scott, Jack Splash & Andrew Wright, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi & Brian ‘Big Bass”" Gardner, mastering engineers
Label: TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Ab-Soul, Ben Bridwell, Ray Dalton, Eighty4 Fly, Hollis, Mary Lambert, Baffalo Madonna, Evan Roman, Schoolboy Q, Allen Stone, The Teaching & Wanz, featured artists; Ryan Lewis, producer; Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Amos Miller, Reed Ruddy & Pete Stewart, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Brian Gardner, mastering engineers
Label: Macklemore LLC
Gary Lightbody & Ed Sheeran, featured artists; Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker & Dan Wilson, producers; Joe Baldridge, Sam Bell, Matt Bishop, Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert, Tyler Johnson, Jacknife Lee, Steve Marcantonio, Manny Marroquin, Justin Niebank, John Rausch, Eric Robinson, Pawel Sek, Jake Sinclair, Mark “”Spike”" Stent & Andy Thompson, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Hank Williams, mastering engineers
Label: Big Machine Records
3. Song Of The Year
Just Give Me A Reason
Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
Track from: The Truth About Love
Label: RCA Records; Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music, Inc./P!nk Inside Publishing/Way Above Music/Sony/ATV Songs LLC/WB Music Corp./FBR Music/Bearvon Music
Locked Out Of Heaven
Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Track from: Unorthodox Jukebox
Label: Atlantic; Publishers: Mars Force Songs, LLC/BMG Rights Management (US) LLC/BMG/Roc Nation Music/Music Famamanem LP/EMI April Music Inc./Toy Plane Music – Universal Music/Universal Music Corp.
Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
Label: Capitol; Publishers: When I’m Rich You’ll Be My Bitch/Kasz Money Publishing/MXM/Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, Inc./Bonnie McKee Music/Where Da Kasz At?/Songs Of Pulse Recording/Oneirology Publishing/Prescription Songs
Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
Track from: Pure Heroine
Label: Universal Music; Publishers: Copyright Control/Sony ATV
Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)
Track from: The Heist
Label: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis LLC; Publishers: Macklemore Publishing/Ryan Lewis Publishing
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4. Best New Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
To see the full list of Nominees visit The Grammy website by clicking HERE
In true risqué Rihanna style, the singer bared it all for her latest MAC Viva Glam campaign.
The “Diamonds” singer posed for famed photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who also shot her recent Balmain campaign.
Rihanna posted on her Instagram: “#MACgirlz my new #VIVAGLAM lipstick AD CAMPAIGN is out now! Every penny you spend on my #VIVAGLAMlipstick goes to the @maccosmetics MAC AIDS Fund to support people directly affected by HIV/AIDS! To find out more go to MACcosmetics.com #StayTuned (shot by: @inezvinoodh).”
Rihanna first announced her partnership with MAC last February and released her first lipstick that following May. She has since released a summer, fall and holiday collection with the makeup label.
Rihanna’s MAC Viva Glam lipstick and lipgloss will be available online in North American on Jan. 21 at maccosmetics.com and in stores Jan. 23.
People’s Choice, the original metric of pop culture, is dedicated to providing entertainment fans with a platform to express their opinions. The annual People’s Choice Awards live telecast gives fans a chance to honor their favorite entertainers, while the People’s Choice official website, PeoplesChoice.com, lets enthusiasts voice their choices year round through polls and editorial features.
People’s Choice Awards celebrates fan favorites in movies, music and television and is the only major awards show where real people – not industry insiders – determine the nominees and winners, setting it apart from other awards shows.
This years People’s Choice Awards airs January 8 on CBS
In the age of American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and countless other franchises where the fans decide the outcome, People’s Choice was ahead of its time.!!
For the past 40 years, many of Hollywood’s most popular actors, musicians, television shows and movies have been named People’s Choice Award winners by their fans. The event began in 1975 with 14 categories; winners included Mary Tyler Moore, Barbra Streisand and The Sting. In 2013, there were over 40 categories, honoring Katy Perry, Robert Downey, Jr. and The Hunger Games.
“Self-Titled” Part 3 . Run ‘N Gun
“Self-Titled” Part 4 . Liberation
“Self-Titled” Part 5 . Honesty
“Self-Titled” is a mini art feature comprised of several parts that give a glimpse into BEYONCÉ. It details Beyoncé’s mindset and artistic vision throughout the making of the entire project. Now that the world has had a chance to sit with Beyoncé’s new album, that was surprise-released on iTunes on December 13, most can agree that it’s absolutely amazing.
The album has a feminism-conscious outlook as well as incredible production via Timbaland, Detail, and 40. The self-titled album also features stunning guest performances from Drake, Frank Ocean, and her hubby Jay Z. Beyonce released the album to everyone’s surprise in fact while many were sleeping. She has now released her “Self-Titled” documentary, with hopes of explaining the project via a documentary about its making. In the first two parts, she explored The Visual Album, or the videos that accompany the actual album, and in the second part, she delved into imperfection, beauty, feminism, sexuality, liberation, composition and more!
Over the course of the past week, Beyonce released the third, fourth, and fifth parts of the documentary to her YouTube page, this time focusing on Run ‘N Gun, Liberation, and Honesty, respectively. If you haven’t yet picked up ‘Beyoncé’ please run and do so. It topped the charts for the third week in a row!!! Check out the videos above.
Yesterday music video director Erik White took to his Facebook page to share never before seen footage he filmed on the set of Aaliyah’s ‘The One I Gave My Heart To’ video set. August 25, 2013 marked the 12th Anniversary of the iconic singer’s death but her legacy will live on forever.
Written by Diane Warren, “The One I Gave My Heart To” was a power ballad with more prominent pop influences in contrast to her previous works which are more leaning towards R&B and hip hop. Like “Hot Like Fire”, the song was remixed for its single release. The single version has a key change to A♭ major after the second chorus while the album version maintains its original key. The song is arguably Aaliyah’s most powerful vocal performance in which she showcased her belting range as she usually used her falsetto and lower register in most of her compositions. Warren spoke highly of Aaliyah’s vocal performance, stating that “She could go where the Whitney’s went. She wailed on that single I wrote for her. I write songs that challenge singers, and she rose to the occasion.”
Throughout the video there are two main settings and another one at the end. In one setting, Aaliyah is inside a house with wooden floors and walls. In the house, there is a room with nothing but a mirror on the floor. With this mirror Aaliyah is able to see other scenes of the video. The second shows Aaliyah sitting on a wooden bench in a forest setting. In the final scene, Aaliyah performs outside during a rain shower.
Check out the rare footage!
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