Rihanna is teasing fans with new music for her upcoming “R8” album. Check the snippets of her new track “Higher” and get the deets on Pharrell Wiliams' newest country project inside….
Looks like we may be nearing the release of Rihanna’s next album. The Pop princess took to her Instagram today to release two snippets of a brand new track titled “Higher.” And it will likely be featured on her upcoming album, tentatively titled R8.
On the Kuk Harrell and Marcos Tovar-produced track, Rih is feeling good after a few drinks of some whisky and is in search for some male attention. She croons,
“Higher, higher than I’ve ever been, babe / Just come over, let’s pour a drink, babe / I hope I ain’t callin’ you too late.” --
She captioned one snippet, "5 am drunk off da whiskey with these two rockstars @officialkukharrell @djanser !!! These guys always hold me down even at the craziest hours! We've made every album since #GoodGirlGoneBad together! The family!!! One Love #R8"
Who's ready for Rih to release her next album? We sure are.
Following the release of her new track “Towards the Sun” for the DreamWorks animated film HOME soundtrack, we get another preview of a new RiRi track.
In a trailer for the upcoming film—which hits theaters March 27th—a song titled “Dancing in the Dark” serves as the backdrop tunes. And we get to hear Rih's voice over as her character Tip. Check it above.
The HOME soundtrack drops March 24th, three days before the film hits theaters. Will you be taking the kiddies to see HOME?
In other music news....
Yesterday, Pharrell Williams was spotted (above, along with his wife Helen) making his way inside the Roybal Federal Building in L.A. to take the stand in the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit.
We told you the hit 2013 single earned P, Robin Thicke and T.I. (along with their labels) $16.6 million in profits. And since Marvin Gaye’s family believes the guys ripped off Marvin’s classic "Got to Give It Up," they want their share. We’ll keep you posted on the happenings of the court proceedings.
In happier news...
The incredibly talented producer will be working his magic during some off time from taping the highly popular singing competition show, “The Voice.”
P is teaming up with country singing group The Band Perry to produce some tracks for their upcoming album. And they’re thrilled about getting in the studio with the star.
“We’re being really crazy about the different collaborations that we’re diving into. We got to hang out with Pharrell a couple weeks ago. He’s like a huge country music fan, and he also really loves what we do with harmony. One thing that we worked on with him was this song where all three of us sing different interwoven vocals on the verse and on the chorus.”
Juvenile opens up about resigning to Cash Money, the label he left years ago after complaints about not getting the coinage he deserved. In another interview, 50 Cent gets candid about his strained relationship with his eldest son Marquise, his ex-girlfriend Vivica A. Fox and his thoughts about “Empire.” Get it all inside….
They say time heals all wounds. And that seems to be true when it comes to New Orleans rapper Juvenile and his former label Cash Money.
Juvenile, one of the original members of the Cash Money Millionaires, has decided to return home to the label that catapulted his career after an extremely messy break up. You’ll recall, Juvie decided to leave Cash Money after complaints about not getting paid the money he thought he deserved.
Since then, Juvie has released diss tracks (blasting Lil Wayne & Cash Money on “A Hoe” track), signed with another label (Atlantic), and now he’s back to the place where it all started.
So….how did Juvie reunite with Cash Money? He told The Breakfast Club today,
“We worked it out. They cut the check. You know the saying, I let you play me two times, shame on me.”
The almost 40-year-old rapper (who celebrates a birthday this month) said he re-signed with Cash Money because he wanted to retire from rap where it all started. Then, he explained he wasn’t as mad about the money, but more so, he felt betrayed because he looked at Birdman and the rest of Cash Money as his family.
“I just stay out the way. It ain’t my position to give advice. I’m going to stay out of that. They was rocking together tough and tight for some years, so it gotta be something they can work out.”
Juvie also talked about a “beef” he had with rapper 50 Cent. If you didn’t know, Juvie and Young Buck (who was a part of G-Unit) became cool with one another and Juvie eventually wanted to sign him. Buck ended up deciding to stick with 50 and told the G-Unit general that Juvie was gunning to sign another one of his artists, Lloyd Banks. When asked about it, he said, “That’s what Young Buck told him. That ain’t true. That’s what the dispute was about. He thought I wanted to sign Lloyd Banks, but I didn’t even have a deal at the time.”
He also dished on No Limit Records and Cash Money Records “beef” from back in the day, his son entering the rap game, his conspiracy theories on Hurricane Katrina and more.
In another interview....
50 Cent and his G-Unit crew stopped by Power 105 to promote their new joint album The Beast Is G-Unit. And while chopping it up with host Angie Martinez, 50 dropped a few gems about his strained relationship with his eldest son Marquise, his ex-girlfriend Vivica A. Fox who recently called him the love of her life, recent domestic violence allegations by a former lover and how he feels about the hit FOX series “Empire.”
Below are the highlights:
On 50's current relationship with son Marquise: "I don't speak to him…..with him that situation is so complex...over time [Marquise's mother] has instilled her entitlement…...I don't understand it to be honest with you."
On his ex-girlfriend Vivica A. Fox calling him the “love of her life”: "I saw that, I was like wow….it's interesting. Women have the ability to be more advanced than men emotionally."
"When dealing with people who don't necessarily have the same lifestyle, it's such a huge adjustment, that when it's not working anymore, you're hurting me…..and they'll turn."
On his thoughts about “Empire”: "I've seen it three times…It's like Glee. I like the people on it. I have friends there, Terrance Howard there. I like Taraji's work."
Also in the interview, the "POWER" producer talks about the $700k modeling gig his youngest son Sire nabbed, his new EFFEN vodka and more.
Speaking of "Empire".....
The hip hopera is still SLAYING television ratings. According to Deadline, last night's (ninth) episode of “Empire” garnered 14.2 million total viewers! That's a 2% rise from last week, making it the biggest growth spurt for a new broadcast series in a decade. And it's making history as the only show to grow this many consecutive weeks.
The hit FOX series is up 50% in young adults since its premiere and it has become the highest Live+same day demo rating for any regular broadcast drama in over five years. Wow!
With just two episodes left, it’s clear “Empire” is indeed here to stay.
If you were a fan of the movie ATL, get excited! The original cast is back and ready to hit the set for the sequel. And they made the official announcement on Instagram. Also, Wendy Williams is currently on vacay before the launch of her new clothing line. See the Instagram pics and get the deets inside….
If you were wondering what happens next between Rashad and New New in the coming of age film “ATL,” you’re in luck! There seems to be a sequel in the works. And it looks like the original core cast will be returning to reprise their roles.
T.I. (Rashad), Lauren London (New New), Evan Ross (Ant), Jackie Long (Esquire), Jason Weaver (Teddy), Albert Daniels (Brooklyn) and the twins, KhadijahHaqq and Malika Haqq (who’s currently dating rapper/French Montana's homie Chinx) are back on a set to bring part 2 of the hit 2006 dramedy. And the original director, Chris Robinson, will helm the follow-up film.
You’ll recall, the original film was loosely based on the life of producer Dallas Austin and TLC singer T-Boz’s life growing up in Atlanta. And clearly, there are more stories to tell.
Tip took to Instagram to announce the sequel, posting a picture of his cast mates sitting around a restaurant table captioning, “#ATL2 Get Ready.”
Director Chris Robinson seems ecstatic about bringing the sequel to the big screen saying, “#ATL WAS A CLASSIC #ATL2 WILL BE LEGENDARY!!! "AND SO IT BEGINS" THE CREW @troubleman31 @jackielong @albeback @itsjasonweaver #RITF #BONG”
And Jason Weaver also expressed his excitement saying, “So... I can finally announce.. ! ATL 2 is officially going down. @troubleman31, @albeback , @jackielong and ya boi outchea putting this sequel together, led by our director @mrrobotodirector AKA "The General". The people want it, so we're doing it! #ATL2"
We’re here for it! Who else is excited?
Also on the 'gram....
Taking a break from the set of her daytime talk show, Wendy Williams is finally ready for some fun in the sun. The 50-year-old daytime talk show host slipped into a tiny, pink bikini and snapped a shot to let everyone know she’s currently getting in some R&R while on vacay. She captioned, "Made you look!! #NAS #loveyouforwatching #newshowsmarch9th #HSNlaunchmarch6th #DOIN!!"
Looks like Wendy is pampering herself before the launch of her apparel collection for HSN. Her new collection is expected to become available online starting March 6th and on-air, beginning March 28th.
It's reported her clothing line will be a combination of loungewear, weekend wear, dresses, skirts and tops for every occasion. And she has something for women of all shapes with sizes ranging from XS to 3X.
“First of all, I shop HSN. It’s a no-brainer that they bring convenience into households everywhere. Sometimes we get selfish when we live on a coast, we can just run and get fabulousness right around the corner. But when women are living in more remote areas of this country, they don’t have the benefit of jumping in the car and doing world-class shopping."
“I’m a woman of a particular age, and I find it very flattering that a 22-year-old girl can turn on the show and find something great to wear because her career is just starting. It also makes me flattered to know that a woman, who’s already an established attorney and may be 55 years old, is looking for a way to keep herself in the workforce because these young kids come along and out-do us. Spice it up — just because you’re 50 doesn’t mean you have to wear everything at the knees or below. I’ve been known to wear very short stuff,” said Williams, who’s 5-foot, 11 inches tall and leans toward body-hugging clothes.