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Posts Tagged ‘michael jackson’

Timbaland Is Working On A Posthumous Michael Jackson Album

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Timbaland‘s Revolt TV interview is overflowing with juicy nuggets of music news, and Diddy‘s network has been wise to release them all in small doses throughout the summer, rather than unloading the complete interview all at once. The latest reveal came earlier this week, when Timbaland mysteriously teased some sort of Michael Jackson project he was working on, and now in the full clip it turns out he’s helming an entire posthumous MJ album.

The producer said he has “a lot of unreleased Michael Jackson” and that L.A. Reid came to him about doing “something big” involving the King of Pop. The subsequent album will feature MJ’s unreleased vocals, like on 2010′s Michael, under Tim’s arrangements. The first single will likely be “Chicago,” Tim said, because it “sounds like today.”

As for when we can expect to hear it? “I’ll have it done by this year,” he promised.

The super-producer said he never knew MJ, but that they spoke on the phone once, when the legend said he was a fan of the producer’s work. In an interesting aside, Tim said he was also supposed to work with Notorious B.I.G. (imagine!) before the rapper died.

[via Miss Info]



 

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Timbaland Teases New Michael Jackson Project: Watch His Mysterious Announcement

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Timbaland unveiled a new Michael Jackson project in a cryptic YouTube video this afternoon (August 27). The 39 second video appears to be a heavily edited preview of a longer interview but it’s possible to glean some interesting information. For starters, the super-producer not-so-humbly describes the endeavor as “two kings working together”.

He also reveals that the first single will be a song called “Chicago”. It’s unclear if he’s referring to a completely new track or an old demo but it’s exciting to know that new music from MJ is on the horizon. In the clip, Timbaland says “we spoke on the phone” — perhaps a reference to a planned collab while Michael was still alive? Watch up top.

Are you excited for this project or should Michael’s unreleased music remain in a vault to protect his legacy? Let us know in the comments below.



 

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2013 MTV Video Music Awards: Is This The Best VMAs Lineup Ever?

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Over the past two weeks, as MTV kept trotting out big names for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards roster, you probably found yourself sort of half-thinking “Wait, the VMAs are incredibly loaded this year! Is this the best lineup ever?” And that’s a completely legitimate thought! Just to recap, the confirmed performers for the 2013 show are: Lady Gaga, Katy PerryJustin Timberlake, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, DrakeBruno Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Robin Thicke. (Plus rumored performances from *NSYNC and Daft Punk). Whew! That’s three of the biggest pop stars around, all about to release a new album, two of the most successful and important figures in hip-hop right now, the most controversial starlet in pop and two of the biggest surprise success stories of the year. So at first blush, this seems pretty historic.

But then you remember, well, there’s the other Kanye years, or Beyonce or Madonna or Nirvana and all the rest. Valid points! More than anything, we have to give it to MTV: just about every year the VMAs flaunt a ridiculously stacked lineup, with a solid mix of proven acts and zeitgeisty hits. Even the occasional, shameless one-hit wonder booking still holds significance in a time capsule way. The best lineup in VMA history, then, would boast a few all-timers, a couple fluke hits and minimal flops.

This year, it’s tough to single out a flop — say what you will about Macklemore, but dude can rap. Kanye is unquestionably an all-timer, JT probably is and you could argue that KP and Gaga will be once they have three albums under their belts. So how does this year really compare to prior VMAs lineups? Below I’ve highlighted what I feel are the contenders for Best VMA Lineup Ever (trying as best I could to mentally separate the lineups from the accompanying performances), to decide once and for all which ceremony is the paper champion.

2012: Last year was a strong offering, for sure. We had Rihanna with A$AP Rocky & Calvin Harris, Taylor Swift, Pink, One Direction, Demi Lovato, Frank Ocean, 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys & Nicki Minaj, Green Day. It’s hard to defend a 2012 Green Day slot, though, and it’s light on first ballot hall-of-famers on the level of, say, Bruce Springsteen. So, bye 2012!

2011: At first, this seems like the one to beat. It had Gaga, Kanye and Jay Z together, Beyonce, Adele! Unbeatable! Not so fast — it also had like a million performances from a wounded Jessie J rocking a gimp boot, plus performances from Pitbull and Chris Brown so, yeah no.

2008: OK here’s a remarkably solid year, with no obvious dips in quality. Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Paramore, Pink, T.I., The Ting Tings, Lupe FiascoLL Cool J. OK, make that one dip in quality: Kid Rock. Overall, though, that’s a great range of genres and eras. We see you, 2008! Still in the hunt.

[The next truly GREAT year wasn't until a few more years back, so let's take an intermission to honor 2004, which may very well be the worst lineup in VMAs history. It featured Jet, Yellowcard, Petey Pablo and HOOBASTANK!!!! As Pusha T would say, yuuck.]

2001: This is a strange one. U2 (whoa!), Britney Spears*NSYNC with Michael Jackson (this happened!), Jennifer Lopez (yay!) with Ja Rule (-__-), as well as Alicia Keys, Jay Z and Missy Elliott with Ludacris, Nelly Furtado and Trina. We’ll give a pass to Linkin Park, since this was their breakout year, even though they were still nu-metal-y at that point. But compared to Staind, who also performed that year, Linkin Park seemed like Radiohead. It’s hard to rule this one out.

1997: Bruce Springsteen with The Wallflowers; Puff Daddy & The Family with Sting; U2; Jewel; The Prodigy; Angie Martinez, Da Brat, Left Eye, Lil’ Kim & Missy Elliott; Beck; Spice Girls; Jamiroquai and Marilyn Manson. Whoa! This one’s got legends, zeitgest and, perhaps more than any other year, a wide range of styles. The Prodigy may have been the dubstep of the time, but it was still an important moment in popularizing electronic music. Jamiroquai is really the only laughable entry here, but don’t forget it was partly based on the power of that insanely captivating “Virtual Insanity” video. 1997 goes strong in the paint!

1994: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Beastie BoysAerosmith, Boyz II Men, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Salt-n-Pepa, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stone Temple Pilots. Damn. Two HOF-ers, three iconic hip-hop acts, Aerosmith during their ’90s revival. No weak spots, but where are the divas?!

1992: OK we have a real challenger here. Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, U2, Eric Clapton, Bobby Brown, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, En Vogue, The Black Crowes. The only drawbacks to this lineup are Def Leppard‘s last gasping breath of hair metal and Bryan Adams‘ soft rock stylings.

1987: The early years had some legendary moments, but their impact is already known, so we tend to overvalue the lineup in our memories — especially when trying to consider the impact at that time. Because for every Madonna writhing around for “Like A Virgin,” there’s Ray Parker Jr. doing the Ghostbusters theme or ‘Til Tuesday croaking out “What About Love.” Based on number of performers, 1986 was the year MTV realized the show was more about the performances than the trophies, but it wasn’t until the VMAs’ fourth year that the network got the lineup formula absolutely right. 1987 saw David BowiePrinceWhitney Houston, Madge, Run-DMC with Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, The Cars, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Crowded House, The Bangles, Los Lobos and (ugh we can’t escape him) Bryan Adams.

VERDICT: Geez, guys, this is really hard. But here are my final, completely subjective rulings. The 2013 VMAs lineup is stacked, but it is not the best lineup in the history of the Video Music Awards, largely due to a lack of variety (Kanye’s the only outlier here). If the French Robots do show up, and JT gets back together with the boys, then maybe I’ll change my answer.

For the best lineup on paper, I think it’s between ’87, ’94, ’97 and ’01. All four years had legend power, spanned genres and were truly representative of each era. Each also had one or two glaring weak spots. I can’t in good conscience choose ’94 because it eschewed the diva, which has been MTV’s bread and butter all along. Everyone knew Puff Daddy’s interpolation of The Police was awful in ’97. I’m biased toward 2001 because it occurred during my peak MTV years. Plus, Ja Rule. So I’m gonna have to go with 1987. I swear this isn’t a “they don’t make ‘em like they used to!” choice. It really is a toss up, it’s just that that,  c’mon, Bowie! Whitney! Madonna! “Walk This Way”! Cyndi! Hair metal at its peak! “Walk Like An Egyptian”! New wave shlock! You can’t go wrong with the choice that represents the ’80s in a nutshell.

What do you guys think? Head here for the full performer archive and let us know which year you think had the best lineup in the comments below.



 

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2013 MTV Video Music Awards: Is This The Best VMAs Lineup Ever?

b680b494fe9a58685ffde2b60906b291 2013 MTV Video Music Awards: Is This The Best VMAs Lineup Ever?

Over the past two weeks, as MTV kept trotting out big names for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards roster, you probably found yourself sort of half-thinking “Wait, the VMAs are incredibly loaded this year! Is this the best lineup ever?” And that’s a completely legitimate thought! Just to recap, the confirmed performers for the 2013 show are: Lady Gaga, Katy PerryJustin Timberlake, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, DrakeBruno Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Robin Thicke. (Plus rumored performances from *NSYNC and Daft Punk). Whew! That’s three of the biggest pop stars around, all about to release a new album, two of the most successful and important figures in hip-hop right now, the most controversial starlet in pop and two of the biggest surprise success stories of the year. So at first blush, this seems pretty historic.

But then you remember, well, there’s the other Kanye years, or Beyonce or Madonna or Nirvana and all the rest. Valid points! More than anything, we have to give it to MTV: just about every year the VMAs flaunt a ridiculously stacked lineup, with a solid mix of proven acts and zeitgeisty hits. Even the occasional, shameless one-hit wonder booking still holds significance in a time capsule way. The best lineup in VMA history, then, would boast a few all-timers, a couple fluke hits and minimal flops.

This year, it’s tough to single out a flop — say what you will about Macklemore, but dude can rap. Kanye is unquestionably an all-timer, JT probably is and you could argue that KP and Gaga will be once they have three albums under their belts. So how does this year really compare to prior VMAs lineups? Below I’ve highlighted what I feel are the contenders for Best VMA Lineup Ever (trying as best I could to mentally separate the lineups from the accompanying performances), to decide once and for all which ceremony is the paper champion.

2012: Last year was a strong offering, for sure. We had Rihanna with A$AP Rocky & Calvin Harris, Taylor Swift, Pink, One Direction, Demi Lovato, Frank Ocean, 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys & Nicki Minaj, Green Day. It’s hard to defend a 2012 Green Day slot, though, and it’s light on first ballot hall-of-famers on the level of, say, Bruce Springsteen. So, bye 2012!

2011: At first, this seems like the one to beat. It had Gaga, Kanye and Jay Z together, Beyonce, Adele! Unbeatable! Not so fast — it also had like a million performances from a wounded Jessie J rocking a gimp boot, plus performances from Pitbull and Chris Brown so, yeah no.

2008: OK here’s a remarkably solid year, with no obvious dips in quality. Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Paramore, Pink, T.I., The Ting Tings, Lupe FiascoLL Cool J. OK, make that one dip in quality: Kid Rock. Overall, though, that’s a great range of genres and eras. We see you, 2008! Still in the hunt.

[The next truly GREAT year wasn't until a few more years back, so let's take an intermission to honor 2004, which may very well be the worst lineup in VMAs history. It featured Jet, Yellowcard, Petey Pablo and HOOBASTANK!!!! As Pusha T would say, yuuck.]

2001: This is a strange one. U2 (whoa!), Britney Spears*NSYNC with Michael Jackson (this happened!), Jennifer Lopez (yay!) with Ja Rule (-__-), as well as Alicia Keys, Jay Z and Missy Elliott with Ludacris, Nelly Furtado and Trina. We’ll give a pass to Linkin Park, since this was their breakout year, even though they were still nu-metal-y at that point. But compared to Staind, who also performed that year, Linkin Park seemed like Radiohead. It’s hard to rule this one out.

1997: Bruce Springsteen with The Wallflowers; Puff Daddy & The Family with Sting; U2; Jewel; The Prodigy; Angie Martinez, Da Brat, Left Eye, Lil’ Kim & Missy Elliott; Beck; Spice Girls; Jamiroquai and Marilyn Manson. Whoa! This one’s got legends, zeitgest and, perhaps more than any other year, a wide range of styles. The Prodigy may have been the dubstep of the time, but it was still an important moment in popularizing electronic music. Jamiroquai is really the only laughable entry here, but don’t forget it was partly based on the power of that insanely captivating “Virtual Insanity” video. 1997 goes strong in the paint!

1994: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Beastie BoysAerosmith, Boyz II Men, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Salt-n-Pepa, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stone Temple Pilots. Damn. Two HOF-ers, three iconic hip-hop acts, Aerosmith during their ’90s revival. No weak spots, but where are the divas?!

1992: OK we have a real challenger here. Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, U2, Eric Clapton, Bobby Brown, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, En Vogue, The Black Crowes. The only drawbacks to this lineup are Def Leppard‘s last gasping breath of hair metal and Bryan Adams‘ soft rock stylings.

1987: The early years had some legendary moments, but their impact is already known, so we tend to overvalue the lineup in our memories — especially when trying to consider the impact at that time. Because for every Madonna writhing around for “Like A Virgin,” there’s Ray Parker Jr. doing the Ghostbusters theme or ‘Til Tuesday croaking out “What About Love.” Based on number of performers, 1986 was the year MTV realized the show was more about the performances than the trophies, but it wasn’t until the VMAs’ fourth year that the network got the lineup formula absolutely right. 1987 saw David BowiePrinceWhitney Houston, Madge, Run-DMC with Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, The Cars, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Crowded House, The Bangles, Los Lobos and (ugh we can’t escape him) Bryan Adams.

VERDICT: Geez, guys, this is really hard. But here are my final, completely subjective rulings. The 2013 VMAs lineup is stacked, but it is not the best lineup in the history of the Video Music Awards, largely due to a lack of variety (Kanye’s the only outlier here). If the French Robots do show up, and JT gets back together with the boys, then maybe I’ll change my answer.

For the best lineup on paper, I think it’s between ’87, ’94, ’97 and ’01. All four years had legend power, spanned genres and were truly representative of each era. Each also had one or two glaring weak spots. I can’t in good conscience choose ’94 because it eschewed the diva, which has been MTV’s bread and butter all along. Everyone knew Puff Daddy’s interpolation of The Police was awful in ’97. I’m biased toward 2001 because it occurred during my peak MTV years. Plus, Ja Rule. So I’m gonna have to go with 1987. I swear this isn’t a “they don’t make ‘em like they used to!” choice. It really is a toss up, it’s just that that,  c’mon, Bowie! Whitney! Madonna! “Walk This Way”! Cyndi! Hair metal at its peak! “Walk Like An Egyptian”! New wave shlock! You can’t go wrong with the choice that represents the ’80s in a nutshell.

What do you guys think? Head here for the full performer archive and let us know which year you think had the best lineup in the comments below.



 

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Tears Of A Clown: Lady Gaga Compares Herself To Michael Jackson

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Lady Gaga is having a bad week. Pop rival Katy Perry soundly beat her in their high-profile chart battle, Billboard editor Bill Werde publicly called her out for encouraging fans to rack up phantom YouTube views and former ally Perez Hilton started a campaign urging music lovers to buy Christina Aguilera‘s criminally underrated Bionic instead of ARTPOP on November 11.

It’s understandable that Mother Monster is feeling a little sorry for herself but tweeting a Michael Jackson quote about the price of fame (“the bigger the star, the bigger the target”) is only going add fuel to the backlash. For staters, she’s not as big a celebrity as the king of pop and her situation is largely self-inflicted.

Critics might give her a break if she took a rest from Twitter and simply went about her business of being an amazing pop star. See Gaga’s tweet after the jump.

Does the theatrical diva make a point or is she simply wallowing in self-pity? You be the judge in the comments below.



 

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Justin Bieber & Michael Jackson Collaborate On Posthumous Track “Slave 2 The Rhythm”: Listen

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The world of pop music comes with its fair share of surprises, and the latest one is interesting: A new Justin Bieber track has mysteriously leaked, and it features none other than the King of Pop himself — Michael Jackson. Leave it to the Internet to come up with a gem like that.

The duet, titled “Slave 2 The Rhythm,” is a smooth dance number that finds Bieber and Jackson trading verses. It may seem like a shocking concept at first (it’s an unwritten rule that Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber shouldn’t be paired together in the same sentence) but however strangely, the song works.

Right after the song leaked, Bieber took to Twitter saying “Excited for what is to come. MJ set the bar. Not only for music but for being an entertainer and how u treat the fans. Wish he was here…”

Before you go judging it, just take a listen to “Slave 2 The Rhythm” below.

Justin Bieber & Michael Jackson — “Slave 2 The Rhythm”



 

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Remember Michael Jackson‘s cute date in 1983′s iconic “Thriller” video? That was Playboy playmate-turned-actress Ola Ray. Three decades later, the 52-year-old stunner is releasing a single of her own. Words can’t adequately describe the life-changing (for the worse) experience that is “Remember”.

The MJ tribute means well but boggles the mind with its sheer awfulness. I wasn’t ready to hear the budding diva croak lyrics like “you were the king of pop, you know you are and I was your queen on the movie screen” against a generic beat that sounds like it was created on a malfunctioning iPhone app.

And her vocal? Let’s just say that she is still an incredibly beautiful woman. The video, mercifully, manages to be something of a treat — if you like staring at your computer screen in disbelief.

There’s a bizarre intro that finds our heroine sprawled on a bed looking at pictures of Michael Jackson, some highly dubious green screen action and a pitiful recreation of the “Thriller” dance. This has no redeeming quality whatsoever apart from being absolutely hilarious. As such, I highly recommend you watching it up top.

Is this tribute well-intentioned and sweet or just plain awful? I honestly can’t decide, so help me out in the comments below.



 

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:: 30 years ago musical legends Michael Jackson and Queen‘s Freddie Mercury recorded various duets together, and now the songs will finally be released this Fall. The demos were recorded in 1983 in Jackson’s home studio, but they never got to see the light due to conflicting schedules. They both are talented on their own, so a duet is pretty major! [Rolling Stone]

:: Jack White has donated $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation, an independent, non-profit charitable corporation established by the U.S. Congress. According to Billboard, the foundation supports archives, libraries and other institutions that strive to preserve America’s radio music and recorded sound heritage. [Billboard]

:: Toni Braxton has been battling bankruptcy for years and now the R&B singer has lost the rights to 27 songs including hits like “You’re Making Me High” and “Always.” Toni could buy back the songs for $20,000 but she’s bound to be outbid. Poor thing. [TMZ]

:: In sadder news, PSY has revealed his intense and probably unhealthy drinking habits. He hold The Sunday Times Magazine, “If I’m happy, I’m drinking, if I’m sad, I’m drinking. If it’s raining, I’m drinking, if it’s sunny, I’m drinking.” Maybe it’s time to put down the bottle. [NME]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today.

Music On TV:

:: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) — Backstreet Boys
:: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) — Brad Paisley
:: Chelsea Lately (E!) — Simon Cowell



 

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:: Kanye West will sleep better tonight knowing he doesn’t face felony attempted robbery charges for his tussle with renowned troublemaker/paparazzo Dano. Yeezy might still want to book himself into an anger management class because the paps aren’t going away any time soon. [Billboard]

:: Have some spare cash lying around? Why not invest it in Nick Carter‘s crowd-funded horror movie Evil Blessings? Because that strikes me as a totally safe investment. [Complex]

:: Major Lazer call on some of their celebrity friends for the band’s “Scare Me” video. It features Peaches, dancehall diva Timberlee and Terry Crews among other famous names. Given Diplo‘s taste for twerkin’ expect some booty-clapping for sure. [BuzzFeed]

:: There’s no doubting that Celine Dion is a superstar but AEG’s defense is alleging she is bigger than Michael Jackson in his family’s wrongful death suit. Your thoughts in the comments below, please. [TMZ]

:: DJ Khaled loves him some Nicki Minaj. The rap mogul went as far as recording a video asking her to his wife. It’s sweet. She should totally consider it! [Vibe]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today.

Music On TV:

:: Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) — Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves
:: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) — Imagine Dragons
:: The View (ABC) – Dierks Bentley
:: Live With Kelly & Michael (Syndicated) – Selena Gomez



 

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Back when Kanye West‘s “Black Skinhead” first emerged, it soon became Web fact that the song sampled Marilyn Manson‘s “Beautiful People.” But once the Yeezus credits were posted, we all learned that the assertion wasn’t actual fact, as there was no such sample used in the song. But thanks to mashup mastermind Girl Talk, we now know what such a marriage would sound like. Greg Gillis mashed up “Black Skinhead” with Manson’s goth-industrial hit at a recent set in Charlotte.

For his second trick, Gillis paired Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky” with Michael Jackson — but in classic Girl Talk fashion, he didn’t go the obvious route and mix the track with disco-leaning Off The Wall material. Instead, he chose the Dangerous classic “Remember The Time.” Hear the two mashups below.

“Black Skinhead” x “Beautiful People”

How does it compare to the “Black Skinhead”/”Personal Jesus” combo?

“Get Lucky” x “Remember The Time”

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