Image Courtesy Clay Patrick McBride/UniversalDJ Khaled called up hip-hop's elite for his upcoming album, I Changed a Lot.
The hitmaker has unveiled the official track list for his long-awaited project, which features Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Usher, Fabolous, and Ace Hood, among others.
The project will also include Khaled's new singles "You Mine" -- featuring Future, Jeremih, and Trey Songz -- and "Gold Slugs," with guest appearances from Fetty Wap, Chris Brown, and August Alsina.
I Changed a Lot will arrive October 23. You can pre-order it now on iTunes.
Here's the I Changed a Lot standard edition track list:
"I Don’t Play About My Paper" (feat. Future & Rick Ross) "I Ride" (feat. Boosie Badazz, Future, Rick Ross & Jeezy) "Gold Slugs" (feat. Chris Brown, August Alsina & Fetty Wap) "I Swear I Never Tell Another Soul" (feat. Future, Yo Gotti & Trick Daddy) "I Lied" (feat. French Montana, Meek Mill, Beanie Sigel & Jadakiss) "How Many Times" (feat. Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Big Sean) "You Mine" (feat. Trey Songz, Jeremih & Future) "Every Time" We Come Around (feat. French Montana, Jadakiss, Ace Hood & Vado) "I Ain’t Worried" (feat. Ace Hood & Rick Ross) "They Don’t Love You No More" (feat. Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross & French Montana) "My League" (feat. Mavado) "Hold You Down" (feat. Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future & Jeremih) "Most High" (feat. John Legend) "Hold You Down" (Remix) (feat. Usher, Rick Ross, Fabolous & Ace Hood)* "Gold Slugs" (Instrumental) (feat. Chris Brown, August Alsina & Fetty Wap)* "I Lied" (Instrumental) (feat. French Montana, Meek Mill, Beanie Sigel & Jadakiss)*
Alicia Keys is training for the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon and she's decided to blog about it via Refinery29.
The singer, who ran a marathon in Greece in 2007, revealed that she never thought she would sign up for another race but she couldn't pass up the opportunity to run through the five boroughs. "I just figured running 26.2 miles probably wasn't something I'd ever want to do again. Well, you know what they say: Never say never," she writes.
Alicia has a regimen that has her getting up at 5:30 a.m. and training for an hour around 8 a.m., which consists of putting her youngest son, Genesis, in the running stroller and running. "Getting up early to take care of myself physically and mentally sharpens my focus, my dedication, and my clarity," she explains.
The singer reveals that she's using audiobooks during her prep runs. "As much as I love music, what keeps me going on long runs are audiobooks. They’re mentally stimulating and do an incredible job of keeping me engaged. There's always the next thing happening in the book, the next place the story takes me," she writes. "I never know what's coming, and somehow it distracts me enough to get through all those miles without noticing as much."
So what really inspired her to sign up? "I'm all about breaking mental boundaries, and training for a marathon falls right into the Jedi mind-training I need," says Alicia, who is also recording her next studio album.
Alicia will be running to support her Keep a Child Alive Foundation, when the marathon takes place on Sunday, November 1.
Dick Clark ProductionsThe Weeknd and Nicki Minaj are among the nominees for the 2015 American Music Awards, which were revealed Tuesday morning.
The Weeknd and Ed Sheeran tie with five nominations each. Nicki Minaj and Sam Smith earn three nominations each followed by Drake, Chris Brown, and Fetty Wap, with two nods a piece. Taylor Swift leads all nominees, with six nods.
Here's the complete list of nominees for the 2015 American Music Awards. Winners will be announced when Jennifer Lopez hosts the AMA ceremony, live from the Microsoft Theater Sunday, November 22 at 8:00pm ET on ABC. For more information, check out TheAMAs.com.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR Luke Bryan Ariana Grande Maroon 5 Nicki Minaj One Direction Ed Sheeran Sam Smith Taylor Swift Meghan Trainor The Weeknd
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S Fetty Wap Sam Hunt Tove Lo Walk The Moon The Weeknd
SONG OF THE YEAR Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth, “See You Again” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!” Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR UNLEASHED BY T-MOBILE Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth, “See You Again” Rihanna & Kanye West Featuring Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!” Skrillex & Diplo Featuring Justin Bieber ,“Where Are Ü Now” Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST -- POP/ROCK Nick Jonas Ed Sheeran Sam Smith
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST -- POP/ROCK Ariana Grande Taylor Swift Meghan Trainor
FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP -- POP/ROCK Maroon 5 One Direction Walk The Moon
FAVORITE ALBUM -- POP/ROCK Ed Sheeran, X Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour Taylor Swift, 1989
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST -- COUNTRY Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Sam Hunt
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST -- COUNTRY Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Carrie Underwood
FAVORITE DUO or GROUP -- COUNTRY Zac Brown Band Florida Georgia Line Little Big Town
FAVORITE ALBUM -- COUNTRY Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt Florida Georgia Line, Anything Goes Sam Hunt, Montevallo
FAVORITE ARTIST -- RAP/HIP-HOP Drake Fetty Wap Nicki Minaj
FAVORITE ALBUM -- RAP/HIP-HOP J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST -- SOUL/R&B Chris Brown Trey Songz The Weeknd
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST -- SOUL/R&B Beyoncé Mary J. Blige Rihanna
FAVORITE ALBUM -- SOUL/R&B Chris Brown, X D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Black Messiah The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
FAVORITE ARTIST -- ALTERNATIVE ROCK Fall Out Boy Hozier Walk the Moon
FAVORITE ARTIST -- ADULT CONTEMPORARY Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift Meghan Trainor
FAVORITE ARTIST -- LATIN Enrique Iglesias Ricky Martin Romeo Santos
FAVORITE ARTIST -- CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL Casting Crowns Hillsong United MercyMe
FAVORITE ARTIST -- ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM) Calvin Harris David Guetta Zedd
TOP SOUNDTRACK Fifty Shades of Grey Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1 Pitch Perfect 2
The Weeknd continues to set new records for himself on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as "The Hills" remains at No. 1 for a fourth week.
According to Billboard, that's the Weeknd's longest run at #1 so far -- he'd previously led for three weeks with his first charttopper, "Can't Feel My Face." The Canadian singer performed "The Hills" this past weekend on Saturday Night Live with Nicki Minaj.
Elsewhere, Drake's "Hotline Bling" climbs from #3 to #2 on the Hot 100, which matches his highest rank as a lead artist. His 2009 smash, "Best I Ever Had," peaked at No. 2 for four weeks.
"Bling" also marks Drake's first #1 as a lead on the Digital Songs chart. He was simply a featured guest on his two previous #1 hits: Lil Wayne's 2011 single "She Will" and Rihanna's 2010 smash, "What's My Name?"
The publication notes that Drake's "Bling" has become the best-selling song in the U.S., which means it could become his first No. 1 as a solo artist on the Hot 100 next week.
You can argue all day about whether Mathew Knowles is trying to capitalize off his daughter Beyonce's success. But if you ask him, he's the reason for it.
“I’m not just Beyoncé’s father,” the record label executive told the New York Post's Page Six. “People want to brand me as that. I’m the brains behind the success.”
Knowles recently announced an upcoming, day-long boot camp, dubbed “The Entertainment Industry: How Do I Get In?" That has some people claiming he's capitalizing on his famous daughter's success.
“Let me tell you what it’s not -- that I’m trying to cash out on Beyoncé,” Knowles said of his seminar, taking place on October 24 in Houston. “Nothing to do with that.”
Knowles, who lectured at the collegiate level for 10 years, says he's been doing various seminars long before he severed business ties with Queen Bey in 2011. “[It’s the] same course, same price, that I gave in Barbados. I’ve given similarities of the seminar in Paris. So it’s not something that’s new,” he explained. “For eight years I’ve taught here in Houston at Texas Southern University. As an educator, this is what I do for a living. This seminar is just an extension of that.”
Lastly, he squashed the rumor that he's been at odds with Beyonce. “I spent the day with Blue Ivy and Beyoncé a couple of months ago,” he said. “And actually hope to see them next week or the week after and spend another day doing Play-Doh with Blue Ivy.”
ABC/Rick PowellJohn Legend and Chrissy Teigen are preparing to become parents.
The supermodel on Monday announced she's pregnant with their first child. She posted an Instagram photo of herself lying on a couch, with her legs on Legend's lap, and wrote, "John and I are so happy to announce that we are pregnant.
"As many of you know, we've been trying to have a baby for a while now," she continued. "It hasn't been easy, but we kept trying because we can't wait to bring our first child into the world and grow our family. We're so excited that it's finally happening."
Teigen, 29, added that she looks forward to "all the belly touching."
Teigen, who married Legend, 36, in September of 2013, discussed on her talk show FABLife last month that she'd been experiencing fertility struggles. "John and I were having trouble," she said. "We would have had kids five, six years ago if it happened. But my gosh, it's been a process. We've seen fertility doctors."
The cypher is always one of the big highlights of the BET Hip-Hop Awards, and the network has just revealed the line-up from this year's event, which was recorded last week in Atlanta.
This year’s cypher features a mix of old-school artists like Redman, Erick Sermon, and Keith Murray, and new-school talents including Vince Staples, Casey Veggies, and King Mez. Tink, Nicole Paris, and Renee Elise Goldsberry represented for the ladies. The entertainers were filmed alongside Questlove, DJ Scratch, and DJ Premier.
In addition to the cypher, the show will feature performances from Diddy, Lil’ Kim, Future, T.I., Rich Homie Quan, DeJ Loaf, and more.
Hosted by Snoop Dogg, the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2015 will air Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. EST.
ABC/Lou RoccoIn a new interview with The New York Times' T Magazine, Rihanna sits down with filmmaker Miranda July to discuss everything from what turns her on, to what she Googles. And the latter just might leave you wondering.
While the singer says she’s too busy date these days and has yet to find a guy who isn’t intimidated by her power, she does know exactly what turns her on in a man.
‘‘I’m turned on by guys who are cultured,” she says. “That’ll keep me intrigued. They don’t have to have a single degree, but they should speak other languages or know things about other parts of the world or history or certain artists or musicians. I like to be taught.”
Rihanna also reveals she first learned of sex at a very young age. ‘‘Well, there’s always this human instinct about that, even from a very, very young age,” she says. ‘‘But by like age 11, girls were talking about what they had and hadn’t done. I hadn’t even kissed a boy yet, so it always made me feel insecure, like I was never gonna be good or ready or know what to do -- I didn’t even have boobs.’’
Now, Rihanna's clearly comfortable with her body, as her many naked Instagram photos prove. “There’s no rule about whether you have to be clothed or not,” she says of what makes a great photo. “I want to see a naked woman who isn’t even aware of her nakedness.’’
And as for what she Googles, Rihanna’s been searching “childbirth” lately. ‘‘Childbirth is putting it the not-gross way,” she explains of her Googling habits. “I was searching the size of certain things, and how much they expand, and then what happens after...’’
Not that she’s planning on having kids any time soon -- Rihanna says she doesn’t even have enough time to devote to a boyfriend. ‘‘Guys need attention,’’ she explains. ‘‘They need that nourishment, that little stroke of the ego that gets them by every now and then. I’ll give it to my family, I’ll give it to my work -- but I will not give it to a man right now.’’
Janet Jackson fans will be excited to know there's more surprises coming from the singer following the success of her chart-topping album, Unbreakable. Jackson's newly launched Rhythm Nation label has inked a long-term deal with BMG, which is helping the legendary singer with an extensive rollout.
In a new interview with Hits Daily Double, BMG exececutive Jon Cohen revealed Jackson's comeback is all part of her strategic plan. "She really wanted was a team that wasn’t committed to something for weeks one, two and three; she wanted a team for the next 18 months to two and three years. And we have a three-year plan with Janet. It’s not just about this record, and the plan goes well beyond music," Cohen says.
Cohen hints the icon is just getting warmed up: "She wanted someone who was not going to look at this in the short-term, but really look at what Janet Jackson is in 2015, 2016, 2017, and how she wants to express herself. And she wanted a company with a broad enough canvas to paint that picture."
So what can we expect from Miss Jackson in the immediate future? Cohen revealed some good news. "Janet turns 49 this year, meaning she has a milestone birthday next year, so there’s a big story to tell," he says. "I think there will be other things surrounding the tour itself, and the three-year-plus Janet plan will be all about Unbreakable, but I think it will also blossom into other things."
Unbreakable opened atop of the Billboard 200 this week, selling 116 thousand equivalent album units. The set marks Janet's seventh album to reach that milestone.
Image Courtesy Clay Patrick McBride/UniversalLast year saw DJ Khaled riding high, thanks to the the success of his smash hit, "Hold You Down," the first single from his upcoming album, I Changed a Lot. Now the producer has announced that project will arrive next week.
The hitmaker revealed the October 23 release date via Instagram, along with the album's newest two singles: "You Mine" featuring Future, Jeremih, and Trey Songz; and "Gold Slugs," with guest appearances from Fetty Wap, Chris Brown, and August Alsina.
"I will never stop !!!!! I'm changing the game time get the fans more excitement!! 2 singles at the same dam time 2 #1s at the same dam time 2 anthems at the same dam time," Khaled wrote in the caption. In another post, he unveiled the album's official artwork, along with a caption that reads, "My 8th studio album ! I want thank all y'all for being so patient for greatness!"
Khaled also revealed the accompanying music videos for his dual singles will premiere simultaneously on BET Jamz and MTV Jamz.
I Changed a Lot will serve as the follow-up to 2013's Suffering from Success, which spawned the singles "No New Friends" and "I Wanna Be with You."
Epic RecordsJanet Jackson's Unbreakable wasn't the only R&B album to debut on the Billboard 200 album chart this week: Tamar Braxton's Calling All Lovers also made a top-ten entry.
According to Billboard, Braxton's fourth studio album entered the chart at at number five, selling 43,000 equivalent units, of which 38,000 were pure album sales. Tamar's last studio effort, 2013’s Love and War, debuted in second place and sold her career best of 114,000 copies in its first week.
Tamar and Janet's respective debuts have caused the entire top five on the Billboard 200 to consist of R&B/hip-hop albums: The Weeknd is second with Beauty Behind the Madness; Drake and Future are in third, with What a Time to Be Alive; and Fetty Wap's self-titled project is in fourth. That feat that hasn't been accomplished since the January 13, 2007-dated chart, when Omarion’s 21 led the list, followed by Akon’s Konvicted, the Dreamgirls film soundtrack, Nas’ Hip Hop Is Dead, and Young Jeezy’s The Inspiration.
Fulton CountyIt was a great night and a lousy night both for Scarface Friday: he was arrested following the taping of the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards Friday in Atlanta.
According to Fulton County jail's website, the rapper, born Brad Jordan, was charged with one count of child support contempt shortly after accepting the prestigious "I Am Hip Hop Award" at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
FreddyO.com reports the incident delayed the show, which will air Tuesday, October 13.
As of noon Easter Monday, Scarface was still in police custody pending a whopping $482,190 bond.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTamar Braxton has a new look for the fall: a chocolate-colored bob.
The singer revealed in an interview with Essence that she swapped out her blonde wigs to go for something much simpler.
"I love that [wearing clip-ins are] easy," she The Real co-host. "I don’t have to worry about a wig sliding off because I didn’t put enough bobby pins in it. You just clip it in and go!"
Her new look also makes life much easier as she competes on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. “I think I’m opening up a bit more and dealing with insecurities with myself,” says the youngest Braxton sister. “I’m learning that [it’s okay to] take off the wig, throw in the clip-ins and keep it poppin’.”
You can catch Tamar on Dancing with the Stars Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern.
The 28-year-old rapper, in town to perform at a University of Pittsburgh kick-off event the night before, was caught urinating behind a bar in the city's south side, according to the statement.
Khalifa, who was born Cameron Jibril Thomaz, was detained by officers at Los Angeles International Airport back in August for allegedly riding a hoverboard. Afterwards, he posted video on social media showing him being taken to the ground by several officers.
ABC/Randy HolmesJohnLegend shared a video on his Facebook page asking his eight million-plus followers to sign a petition urging President Obama to do more for formerly incarcerated individuals, including the 6,000 inmates who will be released from federal prison later this month.
Specifically, the 36-year-old R&B artist and social activist called on the president to issue an Executive Order "banning the box"-- in other words, removing from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record, for positions offered by federal contractors.
Ray Mickshaw/FOXLook who's decided to audition for the final season of American Idol.
Kanye West surprised the judges of the Fox singing competition -- Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban -- as well as host Ryan Seacrest by showing up to auditions in San Francisco on Saturday.
West rapped his hit "Gold Digger" -- which name-checks J-Lo -- for the judges. The Hip Hop Facts Twitter account has posted video of 'Ye's performance.
West's wife, Kim Kardashian, posted an Instagram photo of the moment, writing, "SURPRISE!"
Seacrest shared a picture of himself giving a high-five to West while Kardashian looks on. "Look who's going to Hollywood!" Seacrest wrote.
Presumably, it was a fake audition, but with West you never know. Perhaps we'll see him during the final season of American Idol, which premieres in January.
Prior to his visit with the Idol judges, West performed at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in San Francisco attended by President Obama. The rapper has said he wants to run for president in 2020.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesKanyeWest for the White House in 2020 strikes President Barack Obama as "strange," even "cray."
But Obama playfully told a crowd of Democratic donors in San Francisco Saturday at a fundraiser headlined by West that he has some important advice to share with the would-be candidate.
"Kanye is thinking about running...for speaker of the House!" Obama joked, alluding to the recent upheaval on Capitol Hill. "It couldn’t get any stranger. But in case Kanye is serious about this whole POTUS thing –- or as he calls it, 'peezy' –- I do have some advice for him.
"First of all, you have to spend some time dealing with some strange characters who act like they're on a reality TV show. You gotta be cool with that," Obama said.
"Second important tip: Saying you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy -- that's what's known as off-message in politics," Obama counseled. "People have lost congressional seats that way.
"And number three: Do you really think this country's going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the U.S.? That’s crazy. Cray."
Both Obama and West hail from Chicago's south side.
The president spoke before 1,300 benefactors to the Democratic National Committee at the Warfield Theater. Kanye West was listed as a performer. Members of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors also shared the stage. West's wife and reality TV star Kim Kardashian was spotted in the crowd.
Tickets to the function ranged between $250 and $10,000 per person, according to a DNC official.
Obama stopped short of endorsing West, which is not entirely surprising. After all, the president has called West a "jack***" twice: first in 2009 after West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the VMAs, then again in a 2012 interview with The Atlantic.
"He is a jack***," Obama told The Atlantic in 2012. "But he’s talented."
Photo Credit: Daniel SannwaldMiguel feels liberated following the release of his latest album, Wildheart.
While visiting GRAMMY Pro’s headquarters in Santa Monica, California, the singer revealed how the project is a reflection of his journey to self-awareness and self-acceptance. "Creating Wildheart was really all about digging deep and figuring out what baggage was kind of holding me back," Miguel said, "and accepting and letting go of that baggage."
Now that fans have had three months to digest the project, Miguel reveals the biggest takeaway he's heard about it.
"This album is an emancipation of me taking myself too seriously and enjoying being in the moment and that's what Wildheart is really all about," he says. " It was an extremely freeing, creative process for me."
The singer will spend the remainder of the month on tour overseas, making stops in Switzerland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and major cities in the U.K.
With less than 80 days until Christmas, The Braxtons have announced plans to release their first holiday album.
Titled Braxton Family Christmas, the eight-song project marks the first time in 25 years the R&B group -- comprised of all five sisters, Toni Braxton, Tamar Braxton, TowandaBraxton, Trina Braxton and Traci Braxton -- have released a studio recording. The set will include holiday classics like "This Christmas" and "O Holy Night," as well as originals "Under My Christmas Tree" and "Every Day Is Christmas."
Braxton Family Christmas will arrive in stores October 30, 2015 via Def Jam Recordings. You can pre-order it beginning October 16 from the usual retailers.
Here's the Braxton Family Christmas track list:
"This Christmas" "Every Day Is Christmas" "Mary, Did You Know?" "O Holy Night " "Last Christmas" "Blessed New Year" "Under My Christmas Tree" "This Christmas (Braxton Family Version)"