For R&B starlet Tinashe, it’s a case of New Year new horizons.
Because, she’s officially no longer on the RCA Records roster.
Ariana Grande‘s ‘7 Rings’ already proving itself quite the fire starter in a number of contexts.
On the commercial front it’s nothing short of an out-of-the-box hit as it jetted to the top of iTunes just minutes after its release (where it remains as of time reported). Critically, the response has been generally positive as analyzers and social media commentators alike laud the Trap-inspired Tommy Brown-produced cut for Grande’s stylized rap-singing.
But, as that praise rings in, detractors have wasted no time making their voices heard. While some wield criticism of ‘inauthenticity’ and ‘culture vulture,’ some allege the singer straight up swiped the song’s flow from the likes of Soulja Boy (as we reported here). One such accuser, rapstress Princess Nokia, has opted to bring attention to her own claim of ‘swagger-jacking’ by playing ‘Rings’ alongside her own tune, 2017’s ‘Mine.’
Listen below and weigh in on Nokia’s claim:
“I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions…”
Aunty Gladys Knight says you will put some respeck on her name!
The music icon, dubbed the ‘Empress of Soul,’ lent a royal clapback to detractors who slammed her decision to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII. As we reported here, Knight – much like the game’s Halftime Show performers Travis Scott and Big Boi – was on the receiving end of insults for participating in the NFL-sanctioned event given the league’s longstanding allegations of racially charged offenses (stemming from controversy highlighted by protests performed quarterback Colin Kaepernick).
Once the 74-year-old got wind of the harsh criticism being sent her way for accepting the gig, she took to press to offer some clarification and hush the haters. Look inside:
Normani and Sam Smith are off to a flying start with new single ‘Dancing With A Stranger.’
Fresh from its release last week, the colossal collaboration is slaying on a global scale – especially in Smith’s native of the UK where it just crossed a major milestone.
Details after the jump…
The former shock-jock has been off-air since last month, after “dislocating her shoulder.”
Several promoted returns were delayed (often with just days notice); the latest being just now.
See, Williams – whose show has been fronted by a series of guests this week – was due back in her famed pink seat next week. However, in a joint statement from “The Hunter Family” and the show’s producers, it’s been confirmed that her break has been extended due to further health concerns and a hospitalization.
Lauren Jauregui embraces the edgy in the video for hypnotic new single ‘More Than That.’
The Pop stunner surrounds herself with a bevy of baddies as she seduces in the visually arresting clip.
It’s the latest offering from the 22-year-old former Fifth Harmony member, who has been earning praise aplenty for her solo work thus far.
Find out what all the buzz is about after the jump…
Ella Mai is building on her momentum with the video release for new single ‘Shot Clock.’
The visual arrives as the Londoner struts towards the 61st Grammy Awards, where she’s nominated two honors.
Directed by Colin Tilley, this clip serves as the third from Mai’s self titled album debut, which spurned mega-smash ‘Boo’d Up’ – which is up for Song of the Year at music’s biggest calendar night.
Can she nab a like-sized hit with her latest offering? Watch below and let us know…
Though Ariana Grande‘s latest jam ‘7 Rings‘ is only be a few hours old it has already generated an intense debate online thanks to the similarities it shares with Soulja Boy‘s ‘Pretty Boy Swag.’
Soulja has used the press to condemn efforts to erase his impact on Pop culture in recent days, and believes he doesn’t receive enough credit for creating the blueprint many labels use to propel their Hip-Hop acts to viral stardom.
Now, some have taken to the net to say that they believe Grande is just as inspired.
Full story below…
R. Kelly has been slapped with more shame and disgrace this week thanks to a brave young woman named Faith Rodgers who is detailing her STI-ridden time with the performer.
Faith, like many of his victims, reveals that he threatened her with violence when he suspected she would go public with what she knew about him and is now talking to police about the crimes she says she knows Kelly committed during and after their relationship.
Watch her bare all on CBS below…