US First Lady Michelle Obama recently answered a Twitter question in which she talked about listening to music while exercising for the Let’s Move campaign. Michelle said in regards to what songs are on her iPod “I always love Beyonce, so anything that’s fast-paced that she’s doing is a good one for me. I have very eclectic taste, so my playlist on my iPod runs from fast-paced to a little more mellow.” I wonder if the first lady ever tries to do some of Beyonce’s choreography. Maybe I should tweet her that. What do you think? She looks like she can get her groove on.
TI’s lawyer, Steve Sadow, has announced that the rapper has been returned to a halfway house to complete the remainder of his prison sentence. Upon his arrival at the halfway house, his lawyer released a statement saying “We have good reason to believe that this favorable result was reached because of the proactive and assertive approach taken to protect T.I.’s rights by providing B.O.P officials and the media with reliable and accurate information and that T.I. did not intend to violate his transfer furlough or any other B.O.P rules en route from the prison facility in Arkansas to the halfway house in Atlanta …T.I. will be released from custody on Sept. 29, and then will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for a period of 1 year.” I’m glad that’s sorted.
Jason Derulo has recently premiered the music video for “It Girl”. The track is the official second single from the R&B singer’s upcoming sophomore album called “Future History”, which will hit stores on September 27 in the US and in Europe a few weeks before. It’s a pretty good song. I like the whistling, lyrics and the melody. As for the video, which was shot half in black and white, and half in color, I’m sorry to say that it’s disappointing and boring. Jason hyped things way too much when he said that it was going to be a dope video.
Jason Derulo – It Girl – New Video
Kanye West and Jay-Z recently premiered the official music video for their latest single “Otis” via MTV. The track is the second single off of the rappers’ collaborative studio album “Watch the Throne”, which is on its way to surpassing the 500,000 units sold in its debut week. The song samples Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” and makes the track sound like an old school hip hop hit. As for the video, which was directed by Spike Jonze, it sees Kanye and Jay-Z performing a massacre on a Maybach and turning it into a monster turbo machine. The rappers along with a few models have fun riding it and rapping their verses in front of a huge wall with a print of the US flag. And FYI, the car used in the video will be put up for auction with proceeds going toward relief for the East African drought disaster.
Kanye West and Jay-Z – Otis – New Video
Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am will be heading to China later this year to perform in a special benefit concert in Beijing. According to the State Department, the event will benefit cultural and educational ties between the US and China, and hopefully open doors for more American students to study in China and vice versa. The rapper opened up about the opportunities he hopes the event affords for the younger generation, saying “In order to become responsible global citizens, young people need to experience the world around them. Kids from underserved communities rarely have the opportunity to study and travel abroad, and we want to change that. We must make sure that American students have the cultural awareness and skills necessary to succeed in a global economy.” I wish him a lot of success with this.
Swizz Beatz recently premiered the music video of his brand new single called “International Party”, which features his wife Alicia Keys. The track serves as the second official release from the hip hop artist’s upcoming album “Haute Living”, which is set to hit US stores on September 13th. The song is a huge mess. It sounds so frantic and just weird. Hearing Alicia singing in a trance-dance track is so bizarre. I’m very certain this will flop on the radio. As for the video, it’s actually pretty cool. It has a futuristic edge to it that I really dig. And if you’re wondering how Swizz managed to pay such a high-budget video, Reebok actually paid $1.4 million to have the video created for their “Rhythm of Lite” campaign.
Swizz Beatz – International Party – New Video
Drake has a new song out called “Headlines”. The track, which was produced by Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib, will serve as the official lead single from the hip hop singer’s sophomore album called “Take Care”, which hits stores on October 24th. Drake is back just one year after releasing his debut opus “Thank Me Later” which went platinum in the US. I love “Headlines”. The song has a simple production but Drake’s rap verses are definitely fire. This is another epic from Drake and I’m sure it will be a big hit for him. Check it out and see what I mean.
Drake – Headlines – New Song
DJ Khaled teams up with the queen of hip hop and R&B Mary J Blige, and rappers Fabolous and Jadakiss in “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over”. The song is the official third single from the DJ/record producer’s debut album “We The Best Forever”, which is in stores now. The album didn’t get a good start when the Lil Wayne-assisted first single “Welcome to My Hood” tanked on the charts. He managed to score a top 10 hit in the US with “I’m on One” featuring Drake. However, I just think that this third single is a bad choice to put out. The song is average and doesn’t really stand out for me. In any case, check out the video for it. If only the song is as easily likeable as the video.
DJ Khaled – It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over – New Video
Tinie Tempah recently took the stage of Hoppus on Music on Fuse TV to deliver live performances of his US platinum-selling hit “Written in the Stars” and his new single “Till I’m Gone”. As usual, the British rapper killed it. If “Written in the Stars” managed to reach the top 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, I’m sure the Wiz Khalifa-assisted “Till I’m Gone” can become Tinie’s first top 10 hit in the US. I’ve been jamming to the song ever since I saw the music video. The song has been on radio adds since late last month so I’m happy that Tinie finally decided to promote it on TV. I hope he keeps up the hard work and ends up in the top 10 on the Hot 100. I really think he deserves it.
Tinie Tempah – Written in the Stars/Till I’m Gone – Performance Video
British rapper Tinie Tempah is looking to keep up the success that he garnered in the US with his single “Written in the Stars” by releasing a new song called “Til I’m Gone”, which features fellow rap artist Wiz Khalifa. The Stargate production is already available for purchase on the US iTunes and will hit mainstream radio on July 12. But before that, Tinie has already premiered the official music video of the track. The song is great and the video only adds to that. I really like the last scenes with the lighted city views. Tinie has definitely made his mark on the US music scene and it doesn’t look like it’s going to fade any time soon.
Tinie Tempah – Til I’m Gone – New Video