T-Pain: ‘Ain’t Worried Bout Nothin’ (Remix)

Check out T-Pain take on French Montana’s ‘Ain’t Worried Bout Nothin’. Stream The T-Mix here below.

Alexis Jordan plans to release new single, ‘Gone’

American singer and actress from Columbia, South Carolina. Alexis Jordan is gearing up to release her new single in 2014, the track titled Gone is off her highly-awaited second studio album, still untitled, which is scheduled for release in 2014 via Roc Nation and Columbia Records.

Icona Pop to perform in New York on New Year’s Eve

The Swedish pop duo Icona Pop to perform in Times Square on New Years Eve. They will be joined by some of the world’s popular artists such as Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Robin Thicke, confirmed by Billboard. Amongst other, the cult group Blondie will perform as the band celebrates its 40 years anniversary in 2014.
Icona Pop, consisting of the two members Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt, are opening acts for Miley Cyrus on her current U.S. tour.

Lil’ Kim Covers Rolling Out magazine

Queen Bee graces the cover of Rolling Out magazine, Inside the issue, the rapstress discusses everything from staying relative in the hip-hop community and her personal and business relationship with Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy.

LL Cool J: ‘Jump On It’

Hip-hop is notorious for short-lived careers, but LL Cool J is the inevitable exception that proves the rule. Releasing his first hit, “I Can’t Live Without My Radio,” in 1985 when he was just 17 years old, LL initially was a hard-hitting, streetwise b-boy with spare beats and ballistic rhymes. He quickly developed an alternate style, a romantic — and occasionally sappy — lover’s rap epitomized by his mainstream breakthrough single, “I Need Love.” LL’s first two albums, Radio and Bigger and Deffer, made him a star, but he strived for pop stardom a little too much on 1989’s Walking with a Panther. By 1990, his audience had declined somewhat, since his ballads and party raps were the opposite of the chaotic, edgy political hip-hop of Public Enemy or the gangsta rap of N.W.A, but he shot back to the top of the charts with Mama Said Knock You Out, which established him as one of hip-hop’s genuine superstars. By the mid-’90s, he had starred in his own television sitcom, In the House, appeared in several films, and had racked up two of his biggest singles with “Hey Lover” and “Doin’ It.” In short, he had proven that rappers could have long-term careers.

Of course, that didn’t seem likely when he came storming out of Queens, New York, when he was 16 years old. LL Cool J (born James Todd Smith; his stage name is an acronym for “Ladies Love Cool James”) had already been rapping since the age of nine. Two years later, his grandfather — he had been living with his grandparents since his parents divorced when he was four — gave him a DJ system and he began making tapes at home. Eventually, he sent these demo tapes to record companies, attracting the interest of Def Jam, a fledgling label run by New York University students Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. Def Jam signed LL and released his debut, “I Need a Beat,” as their first single in 1984. The record sold over 100,000 copies, establishing both the label and the rapper. LL dropped out of high school and recorded his debut album, Radio. Released in 1985, Radio was a major hit and it earned considerable praise for how it shaped raps into recognizable pop-song structures. On the strength of “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” and “Rock the Bells,” the album went platinum in 1986. The following year, his second album, Bigger and Deffer, shot to number three due to the ballad “I Need Love,” which became one of the first pop-rap crossover hits.

LL’s knack for making hip-hop as accessible as pop was one of his greatest talents, yet it was also a weakness, since it opened him up to accusations of being a sellout. Taken from the Less Than Zero soundtrack, 1988’s “Goin’ Back to Cali” walked the line with ease, but 1989’s Walking with a Panther was not greeted warmly by most hip-hop fans. Although it was a Top Ten hit and spawned the gold single “I’m That Type of Guy,” the album was perceived as a pop sell-out effort, and on a supporting concert at the Apollo, he was booed. LL didn’t take the criticism lying down — he struck back with 1990’s Mama Said Knock You Out, the hardest record he ever made. LL supported the album with a legendary, live acoustic performance on MTV Unplugged, and on the strength of the Top Ten R&B singles “The Boomin’ System” and “Around the Way Girl” (number nine, pop) as well as the hit title track, Mama Said Knock You Out became his biggest-selling album, establishing him as a pop star in addition to a rap superstar. He soon landed roles in the films The Hard Way (1991) and Toys (1992), and he also performed at Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration in 1993. Mama Said Knock You Out kept him so busy that he didn’t deliver the follow-up, 14 Shots to the Dome, until the spring of 1993. Boasting a harder gangsta rap edge, 14 Shots initially sold well, debuting in the Top Ten, but it was an unfocused effort that generated no significant hit singles. Consequently, it stalled at gold status and hurt his reputation considerably.

Following the failure of 14 Shots to the Dome, LL began starring in the NBC sitcom In the House. He returned to recording in 1995, releasing Mr. Smith toward the end of the year. Unexpectedly, Mr. Smith became a huge hit, going double platinum and launching two of his biggest hits, with the Boyz II Men duet “Hey Lover” and “Doin’ It.” At the end of 1996, he released the greatest-hits album All World, while Phenomenon appeared one year later. G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith: The Greatest of All Time, released in 2000, reached the top of the album charts, and 2002’s 10 featured one of his biggest hits in years, “Luv U Better.” With the help of producer Timbaland, he unleashed the tough DEFinition album in 2004 as his James Todd Smith clothing line was hitting the malls. “Control Myself,” a hit single featuring Jennifer Lopez, prefaced 2006’s Todd Smith album. His 2008 effort Exit 13 would be his last album for Def Jam as the rapper found work as a primetime television star, landing a starring role on CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles. In 2013 he returned to recording, first making news with the track “Accidental Racist,” his much-maligned duet with country star Brad Paisley. Another Paisley duet landed on LL’s 2013 album Authentic, a star-studded effort with Eddie Van Halen, Snoop Dogg, and Charlie Wilson also appearing as guests.

Becky G plans to release new single, ‘Say It’

American hip hop singer, rapper, songwriter and dancer Becky G is gearing up to release her her new single in january 2014, the track called Say It is off her highly-awaited debut album, stil untitled, which is scheduled to be released in Spring 2014 through Kemosabe Records. The single was co-written by herself and was written and produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Benny Blanco and The Cataracs.

LaToya Jackson – singelomslag

LaToya Jacksons nästa singel heter “Feels Like Love”, bekräftats som den första officiella singeln tagen från hennes elfte studioalbum, som är planerad att släppas 2014 via Ja-Tail / Bungalo Records. Singeln Feels Like Love släpps i borjan av 2014. Detta blir hennes första album på 19 år. Kommmer ni ihåg LaToya senaste album “Stop In the Name of Love”, som släpptes 1995.