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Thoughts On The 2014 People's Choice Award Music Winners

1/9/2014 7:20pm EST
Favorite Pop Artist:  Britney Spears
On Wednesday, January 8th, the 2014 ‘awards’ season went underway with the ‘prestigious’ People’s Choice Awards. As interesting as the film and TV categories are themselves, this particular post will key in on the music categories/awards, which are…interesting.  The categories for the People’s Choice music awards are as follows:  Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Breakout Artist, Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Country Artist, Favorite Country Music Icon, Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, Favorite R&B Artist, Favorite Band, Favorite Alternative Band, Favorite Song, Favorite Album,...
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The 51 Best Albums Of 2013 - What Made Your List?

12/30/2013 6:00pm EST
Daft Punk
Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses. 2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed, its triumphs and flaws. One thing’s for sure – the top ten to fifteen albums are pretty close to the cream of the crop from my perspective. Here are the 50 (+1) best albums of 2013!

1) Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
XL

The Ivy Leaguers outdo th...
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20 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

12/29/2013 9:00am EST
Marshall Mathers LP 2
2013 has been an exceptional year for rap album releases.  Some were hot, while others were far from it – cold as Antarctica. Still overall, there were plenty of releases to be proud of, no questions asked. Below, you’ll find my ‘MIA’ (or called it in) list as well as my top 20 rap albums of 2013. This excludes mixtapes and previously released material FYI.

1) Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Aftermath

Eminem set out to prove he’s still the illest MC, epitomized by his vicious performance on the epic “Rap God”.  Ultimately, Eminem accomplishes his task of affirming his ‘god status’, sou...
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50 Best Rap Songs Of 2013

12/28/2013 1:00pm EST
Kendrick Lamar
Ranking favorites from throughout the year is one of the most time-consuming and arduous things to do.  All of the rap songs on this particular list of rap songs from 2013 all stood out to me in some regard.  Are they ordered correctly – most likely not.  Is there complete analysis of each provided below or even a sound reason why they were selected… um…well now… Basically, provided is a statement of a thought, a reaction, or possibly a reason why I though each song was special.  

1) “Blood On The Leaves”

Kanye West

Album:  Yeezus

By far, the best track from Yeezus and arguably the be...
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Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

12/9/2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...
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Lorde Explains Comments Calling Drake And Nicki Minaj 'Irrelevant'

11/27/2013 5:03pm EST
Lorde
Lorde has explained why she called Drake and Nicki Minaj irrelevant in a recent Interview magazine issue, following criticism from Complex.

Lorde said in the interview about her hit Royals, "Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap, like Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as pop singers like Lana Del Rey. They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn't relate to me - or anyone that I knew. I began thinking, 'How are we listening to this? It's completely irrelevant.' I basically just wrote what we were all thinking." Complex wrote that Lorde had dissed the mu...
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Rumor Patrol: Kim Kardashian Crashes Into Parking Space, Ginnifer Goodwin Pregnant, More

11/16/2013 3:03pm EST
Kim Kardashian
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Kim Kardashian Crashes: Kim had to send her $200,000 Mercedes G63 SUV to the shop after it was damaged. But is it true the reality star got into a fender bender with an empty parking space?

Verdict: True. Kim tried to squeeze the big vehicle into a parking space in a Beverly Hills garage, only to find a metal beam over the spot was too low. It scraped along half of her roof before her SUV literally gri...
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Drake And Rihanna Make It Rain In Houston Strip Club

11/15/2013 11:29pm EST
Rihanna
Rihanna and Drake may be rekindling their romance.

The two music stars were spotted together in a Houston strip club following a performance by Drake in the city on Thursday night. Rihanna was in attendance at the show, and the two stars reportedly hooked up afterward, hitting the V Live Gentlemen's Club together.

Rihanna and her entourage arrived at the club first and the rapper joined them afterward.

The pair reportedly "made it rain" in the club, showering the dancers with $17,000, according to E! News.

Dancer Jhonni Blaze told E! that the two "looked like a couple" while together an...
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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 1

10/11/2013 9:15pm EDT
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and some fell somewhere in between the two extremes.  As difficult as it was, as of October 7, 2013, I have compiled a list housing my favorites, least favorites, and honorable mentions.  I’m almost certain I’ve slighted someone and I’m sure there will be continual revisions, but for now, here’s what you should’ve sp...
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Music Wrap-Up: Big Sean & Naya Rivera Engaged, Drake Ends Robin Thicke's Billboard Chart Reign, And More

10/4/2013 12:30pm EDT
Big Sean and Naya Rivera
Time for your end of the week news recap! Here is the news you may have missed while adding Sinead O'Connor to your list of people who you should never offend.

Naya Rivera and Big Sean Engaged

What a year it’s been for rapper Big Sean and actress/singer Naya Rivera when it comes to their relationship, and it is clear they are trying to go out with a bang...or should I say a ring. A rep for Naya confirmed with Just Jared that Big Sean loved it so much, he decided to put a ring on it. That's right, after six months of dating, the cute couple are engaged. It was just last week Big Sean sat a...
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Chart Moves: Drake Lands Atop The Billboard Album Chart

10/3/2013 7:33am EDT
Drake
Drake’s 3Peat on the Billboard Albums Chart - Unsurprisingly, Drake lands atop the Billboard 200 Album Charts with his third solo album, Nothing Was The Same.  Nothing Was The Same sold a career-best 658,000 copies, trumping the 631,000 copies that Take Care sold in 2011.  Ultimately, Drake’s latest sold just a tad below prognostications, but easily took honors as top hip-hop debut of the year and the second-best debut overall behind Justin Timberlake’s juggernaut, The 20/20 Experience.  Drake, dude, “you the f**king best”.

…More Debuts This Week…

The best he may be, Drake is only the sta...
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Playlist: 5 Favorite September 2013 Albums

9/30/2013 2:15pm EDT
Janelle Monae
September 2013 yielded a number of notable new music releases. As a blogger, music journalist and critic, I found it incredibly difficult to make the time to listen to the over abundance of music provided. That said, I am so glad for there to be an over abundance as opposed to an under-abundance. While all of the albums I listened to left me with something special and a new jam to add to my playlists on my iPod, I chose five albums that stuck with me for various reasons.  If you haven’t partaken of these, you should definitely check them out!

5. Kings Of Leon, Mechanical Bull

Who thought ...
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Music Review: 'Nothing Was The Same' Gives Drake Another Juggernaut

9/26/2013 1:45pm EDT
Nothing Was The Same
Years ago, who would’ve foreseen the new breed of hip-hop, one combining super relaxed tempo, elements of contemporary and alternative R&B, and emo sensibility?  The answer is no one, but I speak for the music community that we are all glad that one Aubrey Drake Graham came along, mixing the flow of mentor Lil Wayne with his own unique artistic attributes.  On his third album Nothing Was The Same, Drake is on the same vibe, and that’s perfectly fine.  Sure Nothing Was The Same doesn’t supersede the MC’s past juggernauts, but it certainly does further enhance his discography.  There may neve...
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A Young Drake, Not Blue Ivy Carter, Pictured On 'Nothing Was The Same'

8/28/2013 11:00pm EDT
Drake
Despite a strong resemblance to Blue Ivy Carter, the child featured on Drake's upcoming album cover isn't Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter.

The album, "Nothing Was The Same," has two covers created by artist Kadir Nelson. One features an adult drake while the other features a baby Drake with an afro and a hairpick.

During an interview with MTV, the hip hop star explained, "It's a child version of myself staring at myself now. Sometimes when I try and think back on this journey, it's so hard to pinpoint all of these moments and it gets foggy. What that album art is to me is, like, 'This is my ...
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Drake Being Sued By Former Stylist

8/27/2013 5:58am EDT
Drake
Octobers Very Own, Drake, is facing a lawsuit from his former stylist.

According to TMZ, Drizzy’s former stylist, Michael Raphael, is allegedly claiming that the rapper owes him $76,490 for consulting, travel and shopping expenses accrued as of December of 2012.

A source said, Raphael was hired in August of 2012 to help with styling, clothing and graphic design for Drake as well as O.V.O. Fest, brand direction and photography, along with other marketing tasks. Raphael was taken on board for a monthly fee of $39,583. Quite the price tag for a stylist/graphic designer/ marketer/ networker/ ...
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Music Wrap-Up: Drake & Bruno Mars Added To VMAs And More

8/23/2013 1:30pm EDT
Bruno Mars
Welcome to Friday! At the request of a reader via Twitter who asked me politely for posts on Pop music news, I’ve decided not to treat the genre like an evil stepchild. Mainly because I love Pop so much. So, without further delay, here is the Hip Hop, R&B, AND Pop music news you may have missed while placing bets on Lady Gaga and Katy Perry’s singles outshining each other.

Drake and Bruno Mars added to VMA performance lineup

The VMA’s are set to kickoff live from New York this coming Sunday and the list of performers keeps growing causing anticipation to bubble like a pot of hot water on ...
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Drake Calls Tweets From Amanda Bynes 'Disturbing'

8/7/2013 9:09pm EDT
Drake
Rapper Drake has finally commented on the tweets that Amanda Bynes made about him earlier this year, calling them "disturbing".

Back in March Bynes tweeted, "@drake is a hot fellow :D (smiley face)," followed by, "I want @drake to murder my vagina," a week later. Things then turned nasty when the rapper didn't reply to her. She began insulting him via the social networking site, resorting to what amounted to name-calling.

"I'm Getting Surgery To Fix My Nose," she wrote. "There's No Surgery That Fixes Drake's Ugly Downward Facing Eyes."

She later referred to him again as "The man of my dr...
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Drake Promises To Remove Offensive Autism Lyrics From 'Jodeci (Freestyle)'

7/23/2013 3:29pm EDT
Drake
Drake has promised to remove odious lyrics by J. Cole from their new track after causing controversy with a reference to autism.

Last week, the hip-hop tandem came under fire from charity crusaders after releasing Jodeci (Freestyle), in which Cole says, "I'm artistic, you n**gas is autistic, retarded."

The uproar impelled the Miss America singer to write a lengthy apology to those offended by the line, insisting he was "instantly embarrassed" by his choice of words and "should have known better."

Cole added, "To the entire Autism community who expressed outrage, I'm moved and inspired b...
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J. Cole Apologizes For Lyrics About Autism In 'Jodeci Freestyle'

7/22/2013 10:40am EDT
J. Cole
J. Cole has posted a lengthy apology after making a controversial reference to autism in his new collaboration with Drake.

The 28 year-old rapper teamed up with his colleague for new song Jodeci Freestyle, but the track caused indignation due to a line about the disorder.  The lyric reads, "Go check the numbers dummy, that's just me gettin' started/ I'm artistic, you n**gas is autistic, retarded."
 
Now, he has taken to the web to say sorry to anyone he has offended. In the post, he writes, "In a recent verse on the song 'Jodeci Freestyle', I said something highly offensive to people wit...
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The Morning Roundup: Chad Kroeger And Avril Lavigne Wed, BET Awards, Gaga For Gay Rights, Ace Knute

7/1/2013 10:49am EDT
Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne
Drake and Chris Brown continued their feud Sunday night at the BET Awards. No, the two singers didn't get into any physical altercations this time, but Drake did whoop Chris by taking two of the night's top awards. Drake was nominated for 12 awards and landed only two of them, but they were big ones. Adding insult to injury, Brown's ex-girlfriend Rihanna was also a winner. (story)

O Canada! Canadian pop stars Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger (sorry, did you just say Kroeger is a rock star -- wrong) were married in Cannes Saturday night, nearly a year after getting engaged. Lavigne revealed t...
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Drake Nominated For 12 BET Awards

5/15/2013 12:38pm EDT
Drake
Rapper Drake has dominated this year's BET Awards nominations with an astounding 12 nods -- five of them coming in just one category.

The "Best I Ever Had" singer has five singles up for the Video of the Year award: "Started From The Bottom," "HYFR" (with Lil Wayne), "No Lie" (with 2 Chainz), "Poetic Justice" (with Kendrick Lamar), and "Problems.

He's also in good position to win in the Best Collaboration category for his singles with A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz and Lamar.

Drake has two entries in Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award category and will go up against Lamar, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky and Fut...
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Blogger Perez Hilton Appeals To Amanda Bynes' Parents To Have Her Committed

4/18/2013 3:42pm EDT
Amanda Bynes
Many of us know and love Amanda Bynes. Her career as one of the starring actresses on All That bring back fond memories of my childhood - the "Amanda Please" skits in particular. She was even pretty good in She's The Man.

But ever since she fell off the radar in 2010, things haven't quite been the same. Bynes has began acting "erratically," posting videos like this online, as well as very publicly announcing her intention to sue anyone who attempts to slander her image.

"Erratic" is defined as "deviating from the usual or proper course in conduct or opinion," which is what appears to be g...
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Drake Says He Makes Better Music Than Chris Brown & Is 'More Popping Than Him'

4/15/2013 11:41am EDT
Drake
In a recent interview, Drake talked about his ongoing feud with rival Chris Brown and urged the media to back off the topic.

During a radio Q&A with New York DJ Ellitt Wilson, Drake's relationship with Brown was mentioned, to which he responded: "Don't ask me s**t about that man... (Brown). Leave that man alone. Stop preying on his insecurities. His insecurities are the fact that I make better music than him, that I'm more popping than him."

Drake also brought up Rihanna, saying, "At one point in life the woman that he loves (Rihanna) fell into my lap. I did what a real n**ga would do and...
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Amanda Bynes Tweets Raunchy Message To Drake About Her Lady Parts

3/22/2013 8:52am EDT
Drake and Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes has exhibited some odd behavior over the last year, so it really isn't too shocking that she posted something raunchy on Twitter.
 
"I want @drake to murder my vagina," she tweeted on Thursday.

Well, that's one way to get a guy's attention.

Bynes has over 325,000 followers on Twitter, and her tweet has been viewed by millions of people. It's possible her account was hacked, but the actress hasn't come forward to say so.

On March 14 she tweeted a photo of the hip hop star, writing: "@drake is a hot fellow :D." It's obvious that she has a crush on the guy, but we're not sure ...
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Kendrick Lamar Is MTV’s Hottest MC In The Game, Kanye West Angry About Being #7

3/9/2013 12:34pm EST
Kendrick Lamar
MTV has chosen this year’s “The Hottest MC in the Game,” and it’s Kendrick Lamar, who beat 2 Chainz and Rick Ross.

Lamar topped the 2013 list following the success of his debut album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.”

He commented on Rap-Up.com, "It's very important for hip-hop. I love that they have debates like that. We need that. It's competitive. Even though we (are) doing these collaborations and stuff like that and we cool, at the same time, this is still rap. It's still competitive and I'm trying to compete with everybody to be the best."

2 Chainz and Ross (who was last year’s winner), pl...
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Rumor Patrol: Chris Brown And Rihanna's Court 'Date,' Drake's Super Bowl Orgy, More

2/9/2013 1:03pm EST
Chris Brown and Rihanna
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Chris Brown Takes Rihanna On A Date... To Court: Did Chris Brown take Rihanna on an unromantic date to a courtroom? Brown was in court to discuss claims that he falsified the community service he had to perform for his probation. More than a few people claimed to have seen her arriving and sitting in the courtroom.

Verdict: True! That was indeed Rihanna, as several sources have confirmed. It's quite a ...
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Drake Asks Judge To Dismiss Nightclub Lawsuit

12/25/2012 11:03am EST
CELEBNAME
Rapper Drake is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit blaming him for a nightclub's bad press following his infamous brawl with Chris Brown.

The two stars' entourages clashed during a night out at New York City's W.i.P. in June and the fracas is believed to have erupted after the rival artists exchanged words over R&B beauty Rihanna, who was romantically linked to Drake following her 2009 split from Brown.

Chiefs at Entertainment Enterprises, Ltd., who own a large stake in Greenhouse, a club located in the same building, later filed a $16 million lawsuit against the pair, alleging their rep...
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Drake Delivers High School Graduation Speech

10/29/2012 8:21am EDT
Drake
Rapper Drake dedicated his high school diploma to his mom as he spoke at his graduation ceremony in Canada on Friday.

The hip-hop star hired a private tutor over the summer to help him finally complete his studies, and he announced to fans earlier this month that he had passed his exams with flying colors.

Drake marked the occasion by returning to Toronto's Jarvis Collegiate Institute to deliver the commencement address, sharing the lessons he has learned about perseverance with his fellow graduates.

Explaining his reasons for resuming his studies, he said, "I reached a point in my life ...
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25-Year-Old Drake Finally Gets His High School Diploma

10/18/2012 8:30am EDT
Drake
Ten years after dropping out of high school, Drake has finally received his high school diploma.

He tweeted earlier this week, "97% on my final exam. 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight I have graduated high school!"

He added, "Thank you to my teacher Kim Janzen for spending the last 5 months working tirelessly with me!! OVO SOUND."

The Canadian actor/rapper left school at 15 to pursue a career in entertainment. He got his start on the TV series "Degrass: The Next Generation" in 2001, playing a disabled basektball player in 138 episodes.

Last...
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Mariah Carey Shows Off Her Curves At BMI Urban Awards - See Who Won!

9/8/2012 9:30am EDT
Mariah carey
New "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey showed off her curvy figure at Friday night's BMI Urban Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The songstress was named BMI Icon for her "indelible influence on generations of music makers." Several stars sang Carey's hit songs, including Karen Clark Sheard, who sang "Anytime You Need a Friend," Eric Benet ("One Sweet Day") and Fantasia Barrino, who performed "Hero."

Carey later thanked the performers "for doing something so beautiful with the songs I wrote,'' adding, "I'm so humbled by this moment because a lot of people still don't know I write my own son...
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