Sunday, October 31, 2010
Nearly upstaging his own daughter's front page, Michael Lohan made news by getting himself attacked yesterday.
Cops say that Lohan (Michael) says that he got to scufflin' with "a white man" on the streets of Santa Monica.� The attacker went down, ran away, and was pursued by Lohan.� [...]
In the interview, the singer opened up for the first time about why she cheated on husband Dean Sheremet with actor Eddie Cibrian, who was also married at [...]
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Jay, Janelle Monae, Swizz Beatz were among performers at Keys' 8th annual Keep a Child Alive event.
By Jayson Rodriguez, with reporting by Hillary Crosley
Alicia Keys has proven to be as selfless in real life as she is in song.
The singer held her 8th annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball event in New York on Thursday night. The fundraiser brought out Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Usher, Jay Sean, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston and more.
Jay-Z and Keys' husband, Swizz Beatz, performed "On to the Next One," and Jay later performed "Empire State of Mind." Monae also hit the stage, as did Keys and Sade, who performed a duet, "Love Is Stronger Than Pride."
"It's my heart and soul," Keys told MTV News about the organization she co-founded. "Since the beginning, we've been very driven to do incredible work. I'm proud to show what four to five women who are very dedicated can do."
The organization benefits children and families who have been affected by AIDS but can't afford to purchase medicine; the event reportedly helped raise $2.4 million.
This year, Keep a Child Alive introduced the "Buy Life" T-shirt. The shirt features a large barcode on the garment; donors can buy the shirt and scan the code with their smart phones to make a donation to the charity. Every time the code is scanned by a phone, a donation goes through. Ryan Seacrest, Kim Kardashian and Katie Holmes are among the celebrity spokespeople appearing in ads for the shirt.
"It's like a dream to me to be among these people singing and performing, and opening people's eyes to what Keep a Child Alive can do," Keys said.Related Artists
In the lull before the storm, Randy and�Evi Quaid leaked some more about the plot that's forced them to seek Canadian asylum.
Because the Quaids had a U.S. warrant on their heads, the Canadians held them when the couple showed in Vancouver.
Well, Randy and [...]
Friday, October 29, 2010
Hyperion today announced plans to publish a new book by actor-comedian and #1 New York Times bestselling author Paul Reiser. The book, titled Familyhood, is scheduled for publication in May 2011.
In keeping with the theme of his two previous New York Times [...]
Thursday, October 28, 2010
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The Social Network, which is based on the founding members of Facebook, held firm to its number one position earning an estimated additional $15.5 million. That brings the total box office take to $46 mil inching it [...]
This should be interesting considering they are both total opposites,�and yet very talented artists. I’ll be [...]
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
'I don't write anything down,' Love says.
By Shaheem Reid
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native Rico Love came full circle when he got a chance to work with Usher on the singer's Raymond v. Raymond LP — Rico was signed to Usher's US Records as a rapper around five years ago. While waiting to release his debut album, Rico showed Ush his other talent — penning R&B songs — which led to him writing one of the premier cuts on Confessions, "Throwback."
Rico started working on his own rap album with producers such as Cool & Dre before Usher pulled the plug.
"I was working on the record, and in the middle of the record Usher decided he wanted to take a step back from the label. He had a lot going on. We understood that. I was left on J Records and I decided I wasn't getting a lot of love in the building. I love J Records, but I don't think they was recognizing me. So I kind of moved out the building and moved out to L.A. and started focusing on the songwriting. You know me — I just hustled until I got out there and put my money where my mouth was."
Rico's songwriting breakthrough came in 2008 when he penned "Love Like This" for Natasha Bedingfield's Pocketful of Sunshine album. Through Bedingfield, Love connected with producer Jim Jonsin and moved to Miami. After changing managment, good things started to happen. He was soon working with Pleasure P on The Introduction of Marcus Cooper album and out of those sessions came the Grammy-nominated single "Boyfriend #2." Work for Jamie Foxx and Beyoncé also followed.
"Aw man, that was the experience of a lifetime working with one of the greatest vocalists of all time," Love said about B's "Sweet Dreams." "She came in and cut the song in a hour. She had to go. Jay-Z was opening up the tour with Mary J. Blige and B came in. She wasn't prepared to record, but heard the song and said, 'Let's do it.' It's actually my background vocals in the hook. She liked the way it sounded so we kept it."
But "Sweet Dreams" almost turned into a nightmare for Rico.
"It got leaked the day after we did the record," he said. Usually a leak that far in advance of an album release puts the song in serious jeopardy of being excluded from the final track list, but as Love said, "that song has nine lives."
"I was more concerned that she would feel that we did it," Rico said of the leak. "A lot of times producers or songwriters leak records because they feel if you put the song out there it would go. But it was frustrating. I felt like you work hard to get in the studio to work with Beyoncé. I was blessed and fortunate to have four songs on that album ... I wasn't that distraught. I have faith in God. The first song we did together was a song I did called 'Save the Hero.' I wrote 'Radio' and I co-wrote 'Scared and Lonely.' "
Last year, Love finally reconnected with Usher after being left off of 2008's Here I Stand. Love would eventually author the first single from Raymond v. Raymond, "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)," along with several other selections.
"I felt like I had to go out and prove myself to my big brother," Rico explained. "I had to go and do records for everybody — Jamie Foxx, Pleasure P, Mario, Fergie, Beyoncé. I had to get hit records on other people. [Usher] kinda recognized me and it was good for my ego. When he came back to me, it was the culmination, everything coming back together. This is the guy who put me on and gave me my spot. Besides God, I gotta give Usher the credit for putting me on. I did six records on this album, including 'Hey Daddy' and 'There Goes My Baby.'
"We was going back and forth," he added about the making of "Hey Daddy." "He was like, 'Come to Atlanta.' I was like, 'Come to Miami where I'm comfortable, so there ain't no excuses. I wanna work with my people, my producers. Come down to Miami.' He came to Miami and the first song he did was 'There Goes My Baby.' We did a few other records and then came 'Hey Daddy.' I wrote it in Miami, played it for him in Atlanta and we cut it in Vegas. That was the sleeper. It came out so crazy."
Rico's schedule is pretty full these days — he wrote part of "Hello Good Morning" for Diddy and has more songs on Last Train to Paris. He's also planning to work with Fantasia, Kelly Rowland, Nelly, hopefully Nicki Minaj and previous collaborators like Jamie Foxx, Fat Joe and Pleasure P.
"I usually come in the studio and hear the beat," Rico said of his songwriting process. "I don't write anything down. Even when I MC, I don't write any lyrics down. I go in the booth and sing the song how I think the artists should sound. It takes only like 10, 15 minutes, sometimes less than that. It's usually the first idea I have that comes out being the record. I don't try to over-think it. I feel music should be fun. It shouldn't be a math problem. You wanna make sure it's natural, organic."
What's your favorite song Rico Love has been involved in? Let us know in the comments below!Related Artists
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
As for the red carpet highlights, a radiant Alicia Keys showed off her...
Wow, I think we’re all getting why Mel went off on her during that [...]