Rihanna will preview tracks from new album, “Rated R,” on Nov. 16 during a globally streamed live performance from an undisclosed London location.
But first, there’s a little data mining to be done. Nokia is sponsoring the whole shebang, so to take part, you have to sign up to watch the live stream through Nokia’s website at www.nokia.com/rihanna.
And, of course, Nokia then wants you to download a widget that counts down to the performance, download a Rihanna mobile app, and, natch, download the album from the Nokia Music Store. You will then receive Nokia emails/texts for the rest of your life.
The press release announcing the concert calls “Russian Roulette” a “sultry” song. Have they actually listened to the lyrics? Just asking…
In other Rihanna news, because we feel it’s going to be Ri-Ri 24/7 between now and “Rated R’s” Nov. 23 release, she told Diane Sawyer on today’s “Good Morning America,” that it was “embarrassing” that she fell in love with someone, Chris Brown, who could be an abuser. And even worse, she went back to him after the Feb. 8 incident that left her battered and bruised.
“I even went back after he beat me, which was wrong," she told Sawyer.. "But again ... I'm a human being... It's completely normal to go back. You start lying to yourself. The minute the physical wounds go away you want this thing to go away. This is a memory you don't want to have ever again."
MTV has an interesting article that gives fan reaction to her “GMA” interview, which will air in its entirety on “20/20” on Friday night. While many applaud her courage to talk about her abuse, some fans question the timing of her decision to speak out now, just as she has a new CD to promote.
“Empire State of Mind, Part 2” will include a new verse from Jay-Z, according to MTV News. The original, which appears on Jay-Z’s chart-topping “Blueprint 3” CD, has served the New Yorkers very well: it’s been a hit at radio, plus the pair performed it at the World Series and on the MTV Video Music Awards.
Adam Lambert and Katy Perry at last week's world premiere of Michael Jackson's "This Is It."
Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Adam Lambert has lined-up a who’s who of top producers and songwriters for his post-“American Idol” debut, “For Your Entertainment.”
While most of the names have leaked out already, below is a complete track listing of Lambert’s Nov. 23 release along with songwriters and producers. Some names are no surprise like Britney Spears’ partners in crime Dr. Luke and Max Martin or “AI” judge Kara Dioguardi, and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who seems to be writing for everyone these days. (We’re a little bummed that DioGuardi’s contribution, called “Strut,” isn’t actually a remake of the Sheena Easton song…Lambert would tear that up).
A few other contributions, like those from Pink, Lady GaGa and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, we’re very eager to hear, but we’re most excited about “Music Again,” written by the Darkness’s Justin Hawkins. Hawkins and Lambert share the same sense of drama and glam attitude, so that song will no doubt be crazily over the top.
The producers are all over the place—while we’ve only heard the title track and “2012” theme “Time for Miracles,” which is on here as a bonus cut—it’s hard to imagine that the CD hangs together as any collected work; it seems like it will be a set of 14 very different songs that reside on the same disc. it's a bit of the "It Takes a Village" approach to record making. Rob Cavallo, who produced four tracks, is best known for his work with Green Day and Goo Goo Dolls, while Linda Perry is famous (aside from being in 4 Non-Blondes) for writing and producing Pink and Christina Aguilera. Howard Benson is best associated with rock acts like Daughtry. We anticipate a very mixed bag.
Below is the track listing.
1. MUSIC AGAIN: Writer – Justin Hawkins, Producer – Rob Cavallo
2. FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT: Writers – Claude Kelly/Dr. Luke, Producer: Dr. Luke
3. WHATAYA WANT FROM ME: Writers: Pink, Max Martin, Johan Shellbeck, Producers: Max Martin & Johan Shellback
4. STRUT: Writers: Adam Lambert, Kara DioGuardi, Greg Wells, Producer: Greg Wells
5. SOAKED: Writer: Matthew Bellamy (MUSE), Producer: Rob Cavallo
6. SURE FIRE WINNERS: Writers: David Gamson, Alexander James, Oliver Lieber, Producer: Rob Cavallo
7. A LOADED SMILE: Writer/Producer – Linda Perry
8, IF I HAD YOU: Writers- Max Martin, Johan Shellback, Savan Kotecha, Producers: Max Martin & Johan Shellback Borows
9. PICK U UP: Writers- Rivers Cuomo, Greg Wells, Adam Lambert. Producer – Greg Wells
10. FEVER: Writers - Lady Gaga, Jeff Bhasker, Producer- Jeff Bhasker
11. SLEEPWALKER: Writers - Ryan Tedder, Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, Producer- Ryan Tedder
12. AFTERMATH: Writers- Adam Lambert, Alisan Porter, Ferras, Ely Rise. Producer- Howard Benson
13. BROKEN OPEN: Writers- Greg Wells, Adam Lambert, Evan Bogart. Producer- Greg Wells
14. TIME FOR MIRACLES: Writers – Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider. Producer- Rob Cavallo
Originally slated to come out Nov. 23, the set till now come out Nov. 16. It is his first studio album since 2007’s “Curtis.”
Calling in to the satellite radio show, “The Gomez Brothers,” the rapper said it’s all good and that he’s glad the full CD leaked, instead of piece by piece. "I feel good that it was leaked in its entirety, in sequence, so people can hear my vision," said 50 Cent.. "Instead of pieces, where I would be like, 'Damn, I spent my time sequencing.'"
And he also took a little time to dis Jay-Z, when the jocks asked him about Hova’s feud with Beanie Sigel.
"A lot of the times when I say, 'Jay is a cool punk,' don't get it f---ed up; he's a smart guy," he added. "You can't take away from him what he's done in the actual business and in the game. But since he lost to Nas, he hasn't competed. ...”
Michael Jackson has the fifth biggest debut of the year with the 'This Is It' soundtrack.
Credit: Sony Pictures
The King of Pop still has it. “This is It,” the companion soundtrack of sorts to the concert film of the same name, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on Wednesday. The 2-CD set, which basically amounts to another greatest hits set with some previously unreleased material—sold 373,000 copies, making it the fifth-highest selling debut of the year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The movie has grossed more than $36 million in the U.S.
It’s too early to see if she has a case of “serious artist’s syndrome,” but the first two songs from her forthcoming album, “Rated R” have us a little concerned that the fun-loving Barbadian cutie we bonded with over such hits as “SOS,” Umbrella” and “Don’t Stop the Music” has gone to the dark side.
This wouldn’t be the first time an artist decides that the music that simply makes us feel great and like dancing isn’t enough and she needs to make a statement to prove she is a real artist (Kelly Clarkson’s “My December,” anyone?)
There’s no denying that Rihanna has had a horrible time of it this past year and it will be fascinating to see what she has to say when she appears on “Good Morning America” on Nov. 5 and “20/20” on Nov. 6. How did her experiences as a victim of domestic abuse at the hand of Chris Brown affect her creative choices? Plus, it’s not as if she hasn’t done downer songs before like “Unfaithful.”
As far as enticements for parenthood go, I guess “Have a baby by me, baby, be a millionaire” works for some. Contract lawyers are standing by.
That’s 50 Cent’s come on for his new song, “Baby By Me,” and it works on the video’s co-star Kelly Rowland… almost. See the new clip here.
What’s nice about the song is it has all the typical rapper braggadocio, such as “I’ll perform for you like a porn star,” but the song is ultimately about wanting to be with a woman in a meaningful way. He’s also telling his lover that he needs her, not just for a night. And in a fantasy sequence of a different sort, 50 imagines himself and Rowland with three little tots and living a suburban life, complete with backyard barbeques and sprinklers. Who knew?
Turns out she’s more of a player than he is.
Then there’s the small problem caused by Ne-Yo, who, like many a featured performer, threatens to steal the show—the song is just as much his as it is 50’s. But clearly, 50 is in a sharing mood.
The tune is clever and catchy. It’s not at all edgy, but it’s kind of nice to see the softer side of 50, even though Planned Parenthood might strongly object to the message. It should come with a warning sign: Kids--don’t try this at home.
Rihanna has released the track listing for her fourth studio album, “Rated R.”
“Rated R” comes out Nov. 23; but there’s lot of Rihanna activity between now and then. The video for “Wait Your Turn,” another track from “Rated R,” will debut on Rihanna’s website tomorrow (Nov. 3). You can stream a leak of the whole track below.
The video for first single, “Russian Roulette,” will premiere on ABC’s “20/20” on Nov. 13.
The track listing for “Rated R” is below.
1. Mad House
2. Wait Your Turn
3. Hard featuring Jeezy
4. Stupid In Love
5. ROCKSTAR 101 featuring Slash
6. Russian Roulette
7. Fire Bomb
8. Rude Boy
9. Photographs featuring will.i.am
11. Te Amo
12. Cold Case Love
13. The Last Song
Unless the princess looks like a gorgeous model and the frog resembles Ne-Yo, there is no link whatsoever between the video for the smooth R&B singer’s new song, “Never Knew I Needed” and the Disney animated picture, “The Princess and the Frog.” Click here for more info on the film.
Wait, about 3:45 in there is a quick shot of two frogs. There you go. Disney will appreciate that. Now it all makes sense. Plus, it’s over the end credits anyway, so as we know, it doesn’t have to tie in at all.
The video takes place in New Orleans’ French Quarter and features Ne-Yo as a waiter who wins over a gorgeous patron who has clearly never eaten beignet in her life. If we want to be metaphoric about it, I guess that makes her the princess and he’s the frog. And she does kiss Ne-Yo in the end, but we don’t see if he transforms into anything.
It’s a nice song and a pleasant enough video, but you get the feeling that the super-talented Ne-Yo can probably write these kinds of tunes in his sleep now.