Making headlines in pop this week…
Rihanna is swinging hard into Loud promo mode already with a new track and video to boot this week. Check out what’s reportedly going to be a club-only promo, ‘Who’s That Chick’, produced by David Guetta.
Rihanna – Who’s That Chick by whyyelloww
If you’re peeking now, boo, it’s too late. The technicolour nightmare of a video has been removed by the powers that be.
Kanye West will film the world’s longest music video for his upcoming single, ‘Runaway’. The Grammy-winning rapper wants to better Michael Jackson‘s record for longest promo, ‘Ghosts’, which currently reels up at 39 minutes 31 seconds. Kanye will reportedly do a 40-minute film noir epic, so ya’ll have been warned. Just think: I can duck out, water my succulents, make a cup of Earl Grey and watch an episode of Golden Girls – and Kanye will still be going.
Jessica Mauboy, our R&B princess du jour, drops her new single and gives us a whiff of the stars lined up on her forthcoming LP. Her second album Get ‘Em Girls – I’m still training my fingers to resist the urge and not stylise it as ‘GURLS’. Believe me it’s harder than stopping the neck jerks – reportedly features collaborations with Ludacris, Iyaz and Jay Sean.
The Prophet reports that J Mau has also secured collaborations with uber producers: Brian Kennedy (think Jennifer Hudson and Brandy), Claude Kelly (hit writer behind Britney‘s ‘Circus’ and Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’), Jazze Pha (Ciara) and Cristyle (writer behind Rihanna‘s ‘Only Girl’). Phwoar. I need a lie down.
Check out stills from J Mau‘s ‘Get Em Girls’ video.
Susan Boyle serenaded the Pope with her angelic pipes yesterday when he made his state visit to Glasgow. Yes, all 65,000 worshippers – including the Pope – reached for the heavens when SuBo warbled ‘How Great Thou Art’. Not since his people were enslaved in Egypt, had the Lord heard such a mass cry for a mercy kill.
Nadine Coyle kicks off her promo trail with an interview avec Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills. Here Nuhdeen waxes lyrical about her solo album, her laid back L.A. lifestyle and of course, the rumours about her leaving Girls Aloud.
When asked if Nadine has quit the band, her response was a dismissive, “No! Not at all. Never ever going to either.” But the best part was hearing Nuhdeen thank Scott for “having us” at the end of the interview. Us? Aww, ladies. You hear that? I’m getting misty-eyed for a GA reunion. Now stop fighting and get back together already.
Watch the interview on Scott’s website.
Mel B might make an appearance at this year’s Melbourne Cup frivolities. The fit-as-hell former Spice Girl is reportedly close to signing with the Myer marquee and while she’s down here, you know she’ll be spruiking her reality show. Mel B: It’s A Scary World has been picked up by Foxtel’s Style network and is set to premiere here on 2 November.
Brandy admits that her last album was an epic fail. 2008’s Human – which sold a meagre 73,000 copies in its first week to debut at #15 – was the R&B goddess’s lowest-selling album to date. But Bran’Nu wasn’t about to dagger management and the industry to bits, no. Instead, she zoned in on the record, telling Out magazine it failed to capture her creative essence.
“I felt that creatively it could’ve gone in the space I was in creatively. I needed everybody around me to be in that same space… It would’ve been hotter music and a hotter look.”
Read Brandy‘s interview with Out where she talks about her gay fans, her reality TV show and motherhood.
Janet Jackson leads an Oscar-tempting ensemble cast in For Colored Girls – featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose and Thandie Newton (believe it or not, she was called in to replace Mariah). The drama is a film adaption of a Tony-nominated play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.
What was initially slated for a 2011 release has been brought forward to 5 November. Watch the trailer here:
Sia has released the infectious ‘Bring Night’ as the third single off We Are Born. You can grab the EP – featuring a remix of ‘Clap Your Hands’ – on iTunes now. Bring on the video and let’s see what kind of Art Attack lunacy she comes up with this time.
Watch the making of Sia’s We Are Born.