CHRIS BROWN RESPONDS TO GQ’S FASHION REVIEW
We recently reported Chris Brown’s fashion sense has landed him on the U-K’s GQ magazine the worst dressed list. After hearing the news, Brown tweeted, “The clothes don’t wear you, you wear the clothes.” He added, “A lot of my fashion icons today are like Pharrell [Williams], he has a lot of incredible style and him being from Virginia, that’s always one of those things that get the kids going excited.” In related news, his next album, Fortune, will arrive in March.
DRAKE BREAKS DIDDY’S RECORD
According to his official fansite, Drake is no longer tied with Diddy for the most number one singles on the Billboard Rap Songs chart. Since the rapper’s “Make Me Proud” with Nicki Minaj landed at number one last week, Aubrey has surpassed Puff with 11 number ones under his belt – here they are:
Drake – Best I Ever Had
Forever (Eminem, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Drake)
Say Something (Timbaland Feat. Drake)
Drake – Over
Drake – Fancy (Feat. T.I. & Swizz Beatz)
Right Above It (Lil Wayne Feat. Drake)
Aston Martin Music (Rick Ross Feat. Chrisette Michele & Drake)
Moment 4 Life (Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake)
I’m On One (DJ Khaled Feat. Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne)
Drake – Headlines
Drake – Make Me Proud (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
DRAKE SHOOTS VIDEO FOR “PRACTICE”
Even though he’s only seen for 20 seconds in the video, Drake has issued a visual for his new single, “Practice.” In the clip, a video vixen named Kyra Chaos dances in her bedroom mirror for most of the song until Drizzy opens the door and surprises her at the end. If you think you can dance better, he’s asking fans to submit videos via OctobersVeryOwn.Blogspot.com. In related news, Drake will begin his Club Paradise tour on Valentine’s Day.
WIZ KAHALIFA BREAKS DOWN TITLE FOR NEXT LP
MTV News caught up with Wiz Khalifa to find out more about his upcoming album, O.N.I.F.C. Since many fans are wondering what the title means, the “Black & Yellow” rapper explained, “It’s the Only N-Word in First Class. It’s inspired by Prodigy’s H.N.I.C. When he dropped that, I felt like that sounded so strong.” Wiz shared, “I was just talking about me being a young rich dude and being black.” The release date for the project is yet to be announced.
Wiz confirmed a song will be produced by Pharrell.
JA RULE FINISHES HIS GED IN PRISON
According to the New York Daily News, Ja Rule is making good use of his two-year prison sentence stemming from weapons and tax evasion charges. The 36-year-old rapper has reportedly earned his GED during his stint. In addition, Ja plans to begin college-level courses later this month, most likely after his seventh studio album, Pain Is Love 2, arrives on February 28th.
DAY26 RETURNS WITH “MADE LOVE LATELY”
Day26 is back like they never let. The former Bad Boy band have issues a new song called “Made Love Lately,” which serves as the first single from the group’s upcoming album, A New Day. One of the members, Brian, told Rap-Up.com, “It’s real R&B. It’s taking it back to that ’90s R&B. It’s heartfelt, it’s passion.” The disc, which include contributions from Bryan-Michael Cox and Rico Love, will arrive via Atlantic Records later this year. Head over to Day26Online.com to watch the video for their lead offering.
MACHINE GUN KELLY’S “INVINCIBLE” USED FOR WRESTLEMANIA
According to AllHipHop.com, Machine Gun Kelly’s new single, “Invincible,” will be used during the upcoming Wrestlemania XXVIII event in Miami. The Ester Dean-featured song will serve as WWE star John Cena’s music during his wrestling match against The Rock. In related news, the Bad Boy artist said in a statement, “John Cena and myself are both underdogs and the song is about struggle, I think it’s so cool they chose it.”
VH1 TO NAME 100 GREATEST WOMEN IN MUSIC
Vh1’s celebration of the greatest women in music history is back by popular demand. However, fans can expect a huge make-over. In order to feature a larger spectrum of talent, this year’s fan-generated list will include six different categories – “All Time,” “90s,” “80s,” “Pop,” “Rock” and “Hip/Hop R&B.” The list will also include more contemporary performers. Will stars Beyonce and Nicki Minaj hold their own against music legends Janet Jackson and Madonna? Be sure to cast your vote soon and expect the weeklong series to begin on February 13th.
– Artists in the top ten of the 2009 list included Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin.
MADONNA DROPS NEW VIDEO!
Madonna has released her “Give Me All Your Luvin'” video. The clip features Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., masked cheerleaders, football players and a lot of old-school Madonna references. The clip opens with Nicki and M.I.A. done up in cheerleader costumes chanting Madge’s name. It then cuts to Madonna kicking down the door of her suburban home, pushing along a baby stroller. From there, the video takes some unusual turns: football players tackling street signs, Madonna abandoning her baby carriage to hang out with her cheerleader crew, shots of her done up in black lingerie and a giant cross dancing in front of a brick wall. The video ends with Madonna tossing her baby doll to the side as one final message flashes across the screen: “Touchdown!,” a tip of the hat to her Super Bowl appearance over the weekend. “Give Me Your Luvin’” is the first single off her new album, MDNA, which will arrive on March 26th.
NFL APOLOGIZES FOR MIA’s MIDDLE FINGER DURING MADONNA’S HALF TIME PERFORMANCE
At Sunday’s Super Bowl, it wasn’t a “wardrobe malfunction” that got tongues wagging, but an appendage malfunction.
M.I.A.’s hand signal during her Super Bowl performance of the new Madonna single was a switch from the handgun motion she uses in the video for the song.
Madonna’s halftime show — which featured hip-hoppers Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. clad in cheerleader attire and pompoms, singing along to the pop star’s new single, Give Me All Your Luvin’— was upstaged when M.I.A. (aka Maya Arulpragasam) extended her middle finger to the cameras. A record 111.3 million viewers saw the British rapper’s brief obscene gesture during the telecast, the most-watched TV program in U.S. history, according to Nielsen figures.
NBC had a five-second video delay on the show but managed to blur M.I.A’s raised finger only after it appeared on air.
Tweeted Perez Hilton: “Think she’ll ever be on live TV again?”
People “flipping the bird” during football games is not rare, even on camera: In October, Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk was fined $10,000 for flashing his middle finger during a televised Fox game against the St. Louis Rams.
It just doesn’t usually come from the halftime entertainment.
“If you’re going to go all-in on the spectacle of performing on a halftime show in the Super Bowl, you should probably keep your middle finger down,” says Craig Marks, editor in chief of PopDust.com. “Who are you actually flipping off? It just seems out of place, and it’s not a good platform to try to be particularly rebellious.”
The Super Bowl is such a mainstream event, “things that at a typical performance would not make anybody bat an eye become the subject of a very intense focus,” says Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis.
The rapper — who was one of Google’s most-searched subjects Monday — isn’t commenting on the incident, but such rude moments aren’t out of the norm for the music industry.
A shot of Johnny Cash giving the middle finger to photographer Jim Marshall during a 1969 performance at San Quentin Prison added to the Man in Black’s mystique. But when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift as she accepted a trophy during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, his image wasn’t helped at all. “That made him look like a twit,” DeCurtis says.
Usually in the world of hip-hop, foul language and gestures can be a boon for artists (see: 2 Live Crew).
“She’s supposed to be controversial,” DeCurtis says. “M.I.A. is certainly not on the scale of Madonna or Nicki Minaj, and it might help (her career) now that people know who she is.”
Marks isn’t sure whether the Paper Planes singer’s errant appendage — a switch from the handgun motion she uses in the video for the new Madonna single — will help or hinder sales for her upcoming new album. (The first single was released Friday. The title? Bad Girls.)
But Chris Willman of Yahoo Music definitely sees it as a plus for M.I.A. “I don’t think she’s ever gotten this much attention before,” he says. “That’s the kind of publicity you can’t buy when you have an album coming out.
“Who would have guessed that Madonna would be an afterthought in what people are talking about after the show? Madonna might be more mad than any conservative groups.”
NBC and the NFL later issued apologies for the incident.
“The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show,” NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said. “Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.”
Said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy: “The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans.”
In the long run, the incident won’t be as infamous as Janet Jackson’s, when the singer’s breast was exposed for about a second while performing with Justin Timberlake during the 2004 Super Bowl. The FCC fined CBS $550,000, but that was fine overturned by a federal appeals court.
“Nothing freaks out America more than nudity while the children are watching,” Marks says.
That led to a run of more “non-controversial” Super Bowl performers such as Bruce Springsteen, The Who and the Rolling Stones.
“Madonna to this day courts controversy,” DeCurtis says. “In a certain sense, if you’re asking Madonna, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. to get up on stage, you’re getting what you asked for.”
Still, there were the next-day mea culpas. The NFL issued an apology for “the completely inappropriate gesture,” while NBC said in a statement that its delay system failed to catch the “spontaneous” middle finger in time. The Parents Television Council was not amused either, calling the gesture “a slap in the face.”
Marks suspects the gesture was more premeditated than spontaneous, seeing how M.I.A. looked directly at the camera when she did it.
“The only mystery is whether or not Madonna approved of her message, whether she knew she was going to do it, or whether she tried to stop her or not. Maybe she put her up to it, who knows?” he says.
“My instinct is that (M.I.A.) recognized the overblown ridiculousness that is the Super Bowl halftime show. (Maybe) she felt a little silly for being up there in a mock cheerleader costume cheering for Madonna and she just wanted to make her mark somehow.”
The action and the reaction, however, both seem equally juvenile to Marks. “It’s amazing that people care so much about such a small little thing, but that’s the Super Bowl for you.”
Says Willman: “Everybody’s seen a middle finger before.”
By Christopher Polk
Contributing: Michael Hiestand and Elysa Gardner
AND speaking of the Super Bowl…
CONGRATS TO THE NY GIANTS AND ALL THEI FANS ON YOUR SUPERBOWL 46 VICTORY!