Balmain Taps Rihanna As Face of Their Brand

Rihanna

Rihanna is the face of the Balmain, the French designer’s spring/summer 2014 campaign. “Guess who’s the new BALMAIN Woman???!!!!!!! #BALMAIN #MommaImadeIt #CaribbeanGalRunTing,” tweeted RiRi.

The ads, which will make their debut in magazines in January, were shot in New York by Inez & Vinoodh, with styling by Mel Ottenberg.

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna

 

Pharrell Signs to Columbia Records, Plans Solo Album for 2014

Pharrell

Pharrell Williams  has signed to Columbia Records. He will join his peers including Beyoncé and T.I.  Pharrell was previously signed to Interscope Records, where he released his 2006 solo debut In My Mind.

His full-length Columbia debut is due in 2014 and will include the single “Happy,” which is featured on thesoundtrack to Despicable Me 2.

BEYONCÉ Available Worldwide Now

Beyonce

Surprise, Surprise BEYONCÉ drops fifth  album.

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records — The fifth solo studio album from Beyoncé is now available worldwide, exclusively on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com/beyonce).  The self-titled set is the artist’s first visual album.  BEYONCÉ is infused with 14 new songs and 17 visually stunning, provocative videos shot around the world from Houston to New York City to Paris, and Sydney to Rio de Janeiro, all before the album’s release.

“I see music,” says Beyoncé about her decision to create a visual album. “It’s more than just what I hear.  When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies.  And they’re all connected to the music.”

That the album is available on the day the world is learning about its release is an unprecedented strategic move by the artist to deliver music and visual content directly to her fans when she wants to and how she wants to, with no filter.  This unique approach allows music fans to be the first to listen, view, engage and form their own opinions void of any middleman.  In the age of social media and an insatiable appetite for direct communication, this is the answer to the question asked over and over again, when is Beyoncé’s next album coming?

“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she states.  “I am bored with that.  I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans.  There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans.  I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

Stripped of gimmicks, teasers and marketing campaigns, this project is truly about art before hype.

Starting now, BEYONCÉ is available globally and exclusively on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com/beyonce).

For an artist who has been the target of leaks, this is a fully designed preventative plan. The album will be offered as a cohesive body of work with every song and every video available all at once for one single purchase.

While not a concept album, the record is designed to be consumed as a comprehensive audio/visual piece from top to bottom.  The antithesis of making singles, the visual album is a non-linear journey through the thoughts and visions of Beyoncé.

Manufacturing of physical albums begins today and the double disc CD/DVD will be available at retail in time for the holidays.

Facebook exclusively premieres Part One of “Self-Titled,” a mini doc feature that gives a glimpse into the entire project.  It details her mind-set and artistic vision throughout the making of BEYONCÉ.  By embracing an ever-evolving digital landscape, she creates an innovative, fully immersive, multiplatform experience for the first visual album of her career, completely changing the way her fans will consume music.

Not one to stand on past achievements, this is an artist who thrives on evolving, challenging herself and raising the bar. This creative process gave Beyoncé power over her music and provided an opportunity to control how the music is heard.  She is not playing by the rules and breaking what is expected, preferring to put music out as an entire body of work.

Beyoncé, wearing multiple hats as writer, producer and director, put together a genius team of artists, songwriters, producers and video directors for her visual album that include JAY Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Drake, The Dream, Sia, Ryan Tedder, Miguel, Frank Ocean, Hit Boy, Ammo, Boots, Detail, Jake Nava, Hype Williams, Terry Richardson,Melina Matsoukas, Jonas Akerlund, Ricky Saiz, Pierre Debusschere, @lilinternet, Noah “40” Shebib, Francesco Carrozzini, Caroline Polachek,  Ed Burke, Bill Kirstein and Todd Tourso.

She recorded all over the world for a year and a half but the initial recording started after the writers and producers gathered under one roof in The Hamptons, New York’s beach enclave, in the summer of 2012 to live together, work together and to immerse themselves into her world and into her head.   The fans that have grown up with the performer, mature and seasoned enough to relate to the content and the shared experiences, inspire the music, with themes that explore love, loss, fear, anger, honesty, happiness, sexuality and confidence.

For the videos, some of which she co-directed, she preferred to work with a more care-free formula.  Shot primarily during her successful “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” the videos were veiled in secrecy, even though they were filmed in open places, including a beach in Brazil, the streets of NYC, on the famed Cyclone Rollercoaster in Coney Island, New York, downtown Los Angeles, a chateau in Paris, a roller skating rink in Houston, Texas where she skated as a child, and a beautiful church in South America.  She mixed up the creative, going for big and small and set out on shoots eager to capture the spontaneity and honesty in every moment.  The videos are visually stimulating, charged with visionary cinematography and clever storytelling. They capture every side of who she is, complete with vulnerability and imperfections.

BEYONCÉ is an explosive sonic and visual communiqué to music fans from an artist who has earned the right to do things on her terms.  “I just want to give my album to the people I love and respect and hope that they feel the same thing I felt when I made the music,” said Beyoncé.

BEYONCÉ SONG LIST:

Pretty Hurts
Haunted
Drunk in Love (Featuring JAY Z)
Blow/Cherry
No Angel
Yoncé/Partition
Jealous
Rocket
Mine (Featuring Drake)
XO
***Flawless (Featuring/ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Superpower (Featuring Frank Ocean)
Heaven
Blue (Featuring Blue Ivy)

BEYONCÉ VIDEO LIST:

Pretty Hurts
directed by Melina Matsoukas

Ghost
directed by Pierre Debusschere

Haunted
directed by Jonas Akerlund

Drunk in Love
directed by Hype Williams

Blow
directed by Hype Williams

No Angel
directed by @lilinternet

Yoncé
directed by Ricky Saiz

Partition
directed by Jake Nava

Jealous
directed by Beyoncé, Francesco Carrozzini & Todd Tourso

Rocket
directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein

Mine
directed by Pierre Debusschere

XO
directed by Terry Richardson

***Flawless
directed by Jake Nava

Superpower
directed by Jonas Akerlund

Heaven
directed by Beyoncé & Todd Tourso

Blue
directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein

**BONUS VIDEO – Grown Woman
directed by Jake Nava

****

www.beyonce.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlkrm8nLCJo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Artist Spotlight – ‘M!xBreed’

Hailing from the DMV M!xbreed is bringing a fresh style to the Hip-Hop game.  With so many different artists, rappers, crews, etc mixing it up throughout the DMV, it takes a special breed to outshine the rest of the competition.  M!xbreed is doing just that making sure that he creates his own lane.  M!xbreed is an enigma to say the least. Everything you look for in an artist but nothing you’d ever expect. Lyrical, energetic, charismatic, M!xbreed consistently strives to not only be the best but also the most original. With a seemingly unorthodox style and flow makes him sound perfectly out of place.

M!xbreed began pursuing his passion after making a name for himself at Woodbridge High School (VA) with the first four bars he uttered. There was a group of guys banging on lockers & a trash can recreating the beat to Pharell’s “Grinding.” He walked in the hallway and said, “Grinding… Girls only thing in my mind B, Girls call me Mikey… Flow in my veins like I.V./ I mean I got it in the bag like an I.V./ Tell Timbaland I’m def (deaf), he should sign me”. Those 4 bars set the integrity for the rest of his life. He signed with DC’s number one independent recording label and booking agency G Town Entertainment/Music. Now, he does shows with artists such as Jeezy, Juvenile and Young Dro. Stayed tuned and watch the birth of the next “ONE.”  You can find his music on both iTunes and Amazon. Check out his latest single “Lost.”

Lost

iTuneshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lostsingle/id698762480 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lost/dp/B00EYN7GAQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378841627&s=dmusic&sr=1-1

Watch the video for “Lost” right here:

 

Make sure you follow up with MX Breed at the following links below:

The goal is not to change hip-hop the goal is to be viewed as its definition. 

– M!xbreed

 

Jay Z Leads Grammy Nominationas

Jay Z

Jay Z was nominated nine times this year in categories including Best Rap Album for Magna Carta…Holy Grail and Best Rap Song for “Holy Grail.”  Take a look at some of the categories below:

Album of the Year
The Blessed Unrest – Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar
The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red – Taylor Swift

Record of the Year
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Royals” – Lorde
“Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines”- Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell and T.I.

Song of the Year
“Just Give Me a Reason” – Pink feat. Nate Ruess
“Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Royals” – Lorde
“Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert

Best New Artist
James Blake
Ed Sheeran
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves

Best Rap Album
Nothing Was the Same – Drake
Magna Carta…Holy Grail – Jay Z
good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar
Yeezus – Kanye West
The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Performance
“Started From the Bottom” – Drake
“Berzerk” – Eminem
“Tom Ford” – Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank)” – Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz

Best Rap Song
“F***in’ Problems” – A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, & Kendrick Lamar
“Holy Grail” – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
“New Slaves” – Kanye West
“Started From the Bottom” – Drake
“Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Power Trip” – J. Cole feat. Miguel
“Part II (On the Run)” – Jay Z feat. Beyoncé
“Holy Grail” – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
“Now or Never” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” – Wiz Khalifa feat. The Weeknd

Best R&B Album
R&B Divas – Faith Evans
Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
Love in the Future – John Legend
Better – Chrisette Michele
Three Kings – TGT

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Love and War – Tamar Braxton
Side Effects of You – Fantasia
One: In the Chamber – Salaam Remi
Unapologetic – Rihanna
New York: A Love Story – Mack Wilds

Best R&B Performance
“Love and War” – Tamar Braxton
“Best of Me” – Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra” – Hiatus Kaiyote feat. Q-Tip
“How Many Drinks?” – Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar
“Something” – Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Please Come Home” – Gary Clark Jr.
“Get It Right” – Fantasia
“Quiet Fire” – Maysa
“Hey Laura” – Gregory Porter
“Yesterday” – Ryan Shaw

Best R&B Song
“Best of Me” – Anthony Hamilton
“Love and War” – Tamar Braxton
“Only One” – PJ Morton feat. Stevie Wonder
“Pusher Love Girl” – Justin Timberlake
“Without Me” – Fantasia feat. Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell
“Just Give Me a Reason” – Pink feat. Nate Ruess
“Stay” – Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell and T.I.
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Brave” – Sara Bareilles
“Royals” – Lorde
“When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Vocal Album
Paradise – Lana Del Rey
Pure Heroine – Lorde
Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience – Justin Timberlake

Best Dance Recording
“Need U (100%)” – Duke Dumont feat. A*M*E & MNEK
“Sweet Nothing” – Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
“Atmosphere” – Kaskade
“This Is What It Feels Like” – Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie
“Clarity” – Zedd feat. Foxes

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Rob Cavallo
Dr. Luke
Ariel Rechtshaid
Jeff Tweedy
Pharrell

Best Short Form Music Video
“Safe and Sound” – Capital Cities
“Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” – Jay Z
“Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
“I’m Shakin’” – Jack White

Celebrities React to Nelson Mandela’s Pssing

Nelson Mandela

One of the world’s greatest leaders and humanitarians, Nelson Mandela, passed away today at the age of 95. Politicians and celebrities alike took to social media to express their sympathy and remember the first black South African president for his courage, compassion, and everlasting legacy.

Personally, I am proud and honored to say that I stepped foot on the African soil where he fought and made no apologies for his movement and the people of South Africa.  Standing on Robben Island, actually seeing the cell where he was held for so many years; I could feel the spirit of freedom throughout the island.

Read some of their reactions below.

Beyoncé: Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace.❤️

Jay Z: Thank you. Rest In PEACE.

Mariah Carey: My heart is breaking with everybody in the world, yet I’m feeling so humbled and blessed to have been in the presence of this magnificent soul..arguably the greatest hero ever to grace us. His sacrifice & gift to the world are incomprehensible. RIP Mandela.

Rihanna: One of the greatest men who’s ever lived!!! #Legend We will never forget the things this man has taught us, and we will never truly comprehend the level of strength that it took for him to endure many of his years!! Thank you #Mandela

Justin Timberlake: One of our GREATEST leaders… Thank you for BEING the true meaning of compassion. May you be at peace now.

Lady Gaga: It is such a sad yet beautiful moment that Nelson Mandela has passed. A time to celebrate him & remember his contributions to humankind.

Nas: Thank you Nelson Mandela. All the best on your transition.

Nicki Minaj: A complete and fulfilled life of a King. We could never repay you for your dedicated, passionate fight against injustice. We enjoy the very liberties you gave your freedom for. Your legacy will never die. Thank you, and may God bless your soul. ***Madaraka kwa watu***

Kendrick Lamar: Advising all my young ones that follow me to research a small piece of Nelson Mandela Life. That’s how you pay your respect…… GO!

Lauryn Hill: God Bless you Honorable Nelson Madela! May you rest well. With Great Respect, Gratitude and Love!

Missy Elliott: #RIPNelsonMandela we can’t thank u enough for all the wisdom u have given to the world! A true Leader and loved by so many #rip

Ashanti: RIP to an Amazing Icon who has globally changed lives. Our generation has benefited from his sacrifices & struggles. My heart goes out to the entire Mandela family. God Bless. #Madiba #AntiApartheid

The-Dream: So much was Done, so much was Earned I can and will always look up to a King like you! Inspired all of us!

Elle Varner: I knew this day was coming but it doesn’t make it any easier……RIP my hero Madiba and thank you for your contribution to us all

Kelly Rowland: wow. #RIPNelsonMandela

K. Michelle: R.I.P Mr. Mandela

Dawn Richard: RIP #NelsonMandela …. Truly a beautiful spirit and an incredible leader.

Machine Gun Kelly: Mandela was such a strong revolutionary that even after his death, he’s very much alive. may he rest in peace.

The Game: I break from my #CeaseFire campaign to honor one of the greatest Leaders of our time in his demise. Nelson Mandela died today at the age of 95 years old. Your legacy will forever be remembered. Rest is Paradise KING.

LL Cool J: Nelson Mandela. What a difference one person can make. #RestEternally

Janelle Monáe: 1 of the most important&greatest individuals to walk on this Earth. Nelson Mandela. He walked the walk. He was 4 THE PEOPLE. Nelson Mandela.

Busta Rhymes: RIP 2 ONE OF OUR LAST TRULY GREAT KINGS AND GOD OF OUR UNIVERSE, THE LATE GREAT NELSON MANDELA!!! I WILL 4EVER LOVE U GREAT MAN & GREAT MIND

Marsha Ambrosius: R.I.P Nelson Mandela. Prayers and love to all. This great man will be missed NEVER FORGOTTEN!!! A true hero!!!

John Legend: What a heroic, beautiful life Mandela lived. Rest in peace.

Aubrey O’Day: Feel blessed 2 have met #NelsonMandela ..such an incredible contributor 2 humanity. He taught me that true dignity is precious beyond words!

Jessie J: Nelson Mandela showed and acted out in front of the world what the true meaning of “fight for what you believe in” is! Thank you for giving humanity your humbling spirit everyday until the very end. I am so happy that one day my future children will learn about you as a genuine leader of love and peace. An example to all. You are an angel. ❤️ R.I.P

Rick Ross: RIP NELSON MANDELA

Tinie Tempah: Your story will continue to inspire generations may your soul rest in perfect peace. R.I.P Nelson Mandela

Ludacris: Honored that I had a chance to meet this amazinginfluential being & to participate in his 46664 Aids benefit concert in South Africa. You will live on thru your work for eternity.