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HAPPY BIRTHDAY LADY GAGA!!! WISHING YOU MANY MORE!
I remember when I first met Miss Gaga. I was working at Interscope Records and before she was signed to the record label she would come by with Vincent Herbert from her management team. She dressed super ‘out there’ then, even before she was famous! She would walk by my desk and each and every time I’d think to myself, “Who is this girl?” In a good way! I loved her style and her confidence. She walked throughout the building with such assurance. Once we officially signed her to the label she was introduced to the staff once again, but this time as “Our new superstar”! And that she was! Shortly after, we were listening to the final touches of her debut album ‘The Fame’ and viewing the first edit of her video ‘Just Dance’. I met producer RedOne at this time as well; a very humble-talented guy. He produced one of my favorite records from Gaga: ‘Boys, Boys, Boys’. So, Lady Gaga knew this was her destiny, she owned it before it officially happened. That’s how you have to live life people! xo @rozOonTheGo
“If it wasn’t for NYC: the Lower East Side, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today,” she wrote. “New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion.”
The “Born This Way” singer continues: “Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, my sister Natali; with our deepest gratitude New York for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours.”
Kendrick Lamar: I’m a person of my own opinions, that’s how I was raised. I speak what I feel. The world is bigger than us, and I’m the only person that said that. A lot of people feel the same way but they’re scared to talk. They’re really scared of the truth— they only want half of the truth. I’ve been living like that— forever in fear— but I know what to say and how to say it now. I ain’t scared of myself. Y’all may be scared; I’m not scared.
Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball North American Tour Dates
January 11 Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena January 14 Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome January 17 San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion January 20 Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center January 23 Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center January 25 Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena January 29 Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center January 31 Houston, TX, Toyota Center February 2 St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center February 4 Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center February 6St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center February 8 Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
Rihanna leads the nominations list for this year’s MTV European Music Awards with six, just one more than Taylor Swift who has five.
The EMAs, scheduled to be held in Frankfurt, Germany Nov. 11. also sees Justin Bieber and Katy Perry notching up four nominations apiece while Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Lana Del Rey and newcomers Carly Rae Jepsen and fun., pick up three nominations each.
Rihanna and Swift will both compete for the best female and best pop titles, and will also vie against other well-known trend-setters in the brand new best look category.
With “Glee” returning next week, the Fox dramedy offered loyal fans a first listen to the music from its fourth season premiere via Facebook on Wednesday. In addition to the previously reported cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” the “Glee” gang will take on songs by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears, among others.
The so-called Glee Listening Party, hosted by Kevin McHale (Artie) and Darren Criss (Blaine) offered a look at five songs from the first two episodes.
In the premiere, Kate Hudson will take on a mashup of Lady Gaga’s “Americano” and Jennifer Lopez’s “Dance Again.” “It works really well, it’s fun,” Hudson, who plays Rachel’s tough NYADA dance teacher Cassandra July, says of the track. “It’s got fun and levity and you see a different side of her. … This character actually has some depth.”
Marina Lambrini Diamandis — aka Marina and the Diamonds (“the Diamonds” refers to her fans, not her bandmates) — surged onto the music scene two years ago when she released her debut album, “The Family Jewels,” and snagged the runner up position on the BBC’s influential Sound of 2010 poll.
Listeners were charmed by her slightly off-kilter, left-of-center pop songs like “I Am Not A Robot,” which were sonic relief from the endless buffet of dance pop and hip hop that ruled and continues to dominate radio airplay.
For her second album, “Electra Heart,” Marina threw fans a curveball and presented them with a collection of songs draped in the very dance pop that she had eschewed on her first outing. However, rather than writing “drunk in the club” lyrics, as she puts it, the personal and slyly tongue-in-cheek album obsessively explores themes of sex, love, fame, betrayal and the complexities of what it means to be a woman at this particular moment in history.
Boy bands ruled the childhoods of many, especially through out the late ’90s, early ’00s. Within R&B realm there was the inception of B2K, the reconfiguration of Immature into IMX and the short-lived, but impactful success of groups such as 3rd Storee and B5. But, now that we’re gradually progressing towards an age where questions such as “Who’s B2K?” are prone to arise, where are the R&B boy groups of today? Thanks to the creativity and intelligence of Lady Gaga’s manager, Vincent Herbert, and A&R, Walter Millsap, the boy band has been resurrected in the form of Mindless Behavior.
The quartet, who recently careened their ‘#1 Girl Tour’ into New York City’s Beacon Theater on July 14, has achieved an abundance of success in a short amount of time. Their studio debut, “#1 Girl,” peaked at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 7 on the Billboard 200 late last year. The constant demand and dedication of their fans known as Team Mindless has sent them on nationwide tours, resulting in their Coca-Cola’s Viewers Choice Award win at the 2012 BET Awards.
But, with all of their achievements, these teenage boys are far from big-headed. “We have a great camp around us,” the 15 year-old Ray Ray tells Billboard’s The Juice. “Conjunction Entertainment. They make sure we stay grounded. They keep us very level-headed. We keep each other very level-headed, too. We don’t want to become big headed at all. You have to be nice to everyone.”
Azealia Banks is making more waves on social media, this time taking to Tumblr to make a few career-altering announcements.
In a post titled “No Longer Wishing To Be a Rapper,” Banks explained that she would be considering herself a “vocalist” from now on, and that she deleted her Twitter account because it “makes [her] too accessible.”
“No longer wishing to be a rapper,” she wrote. “i never was…. and as soon as i started paying attention to bulls—- urban media, i started getting myself in trouble. From now on i’m a vocalist, and will not be associating myself with the “rap game”… or whatever the f—- that means… no more twitter for me… it makes me entirely too accessible. Catch me on tumblr… it’ll be more interesting.”
Banks created a stir on Twitter last week after news broke that she was splitting from Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter, whom she had signed with in April. Carter, for his part, told Billboard.biz “I can confirm that I ended the business relationship with Azealia last month on very amicable terms. She’s incredibly talented and I wish her nothing short of an amazing career.”
Chris Brown has been added to the list of superstars set to perform at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, which airs live May 20 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand Arena.
Previously announced performers include Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, LMFAO, CeeLo Green, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, The Wanted, Linkin Park and Nelly Furtado.
With a Grammy and a No. 1 album already under his belt, Brown will be performing less than two months before his fifth studio album, “Fortune,” drops on July 3. His previous release, 2011’s “F.A.M.E.” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with 872,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. His latest single, “Turn Up the Music,” debuted at No. 10 on the Hot 100 and he’s currently at No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with his Rihanna collab, “Birthday Cake.” The R&B star is also a finalist in four Billboard Music Awards categories, including Top Male Artist.
Additional acts will be announced in the coming days.
Adele takes the lead as a finalist in 18 award categories, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist. “Rolling In The Deep,” the lead single from her blockbuster sophomore album “21,” places the U.K. singer as a contender in seven song categories.
Rihanna comes in with 13 nods while Weezy scores recognition in 10 categories. The “Where Have You Been” singer competes with Lady Gaga, Adele, Katy Perry and Wayne for Top Artist. She and Nicki Minaj face-off in the Top Female Artist category, alongside Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
Brown goes head-to-head with rap star Drake for Top Male Artist, with Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars also vying for the win.
Nicki Minaj will be the latest pop star to hit the fragrance market, according to WWD.
The “Beez in the Trap” rapper will debut her scene this fall, with help from Give Back Brands LLC, who also worked on Justin Bieber’s fragrance, “Someday.”
“I have always been a huge fan of great fragrances,” Minaj said. “This is yet another extension of my creative expression and I can’t wait to share it with the world. I designed this scent and bottle with my Barbz in mind; I know they will love it!”
Her scent will join recent offerings from Rihanna and “Give Me All Your Luvin’” partner Madonna, among others, with a scent from Lady Gaga also expected later this year.