Ladies, prepare to have your heart melted. There’s a new teen crooner in Tinseltown, Charlie Williams, and he sings as pretty as he looks. Plus, he can play drums, beat box, and is about to get his pilot’s license. Clearly, this 16-year-old dude doesn’t need a swagger coach—he’s got the awesome thing down. If you wanna lose yourself in a moment, check out his cover of Bette Midler’s “The Rose,” after the jump. It’ll be on his sophomore record, Dreams Come True, which is due out on Valentine’s Day. Aw! Keep reading »
This is the only case I can think of where a singer croons to a “baby” in a song and is actually talking to a human infant. Alicia Keys has released this new tune, also featuring Eve, for her newborn baby, Egypt Daoud Dean. It’s called “Speechless,” and has me a little teary eyed and wistful this morning. “Ain’t no words to describe the way that I’m feeling when I look at you,” Alicia sings. “I’m just speechless, baby, don’t know what to say.” Sweet. [PopEater] Keep reading »
I know what I want for Christmas—tickets to see Lauryn Hill in concert! I loved her in The Fugees and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill remains one of my favorite albums of all time. But after that, she totally dropped off the pop culture radar, went into a self-imposed seclusion, and had lots of babies with Rohan Marley. Now Lauryn is back and has just announced a tour of small venues. Woo hoo! Hope I can snag tix to one of her New York shows. [EW] Keep reading »
That crafty bastard, Enrique Iglesias, has a new single out called “Tonight (I’m F**kin’ You)” — no, seriously, that’s the f**king title — and just released a super soft core video to accompany it, thus stealing my vote for Song of the Year. [There's also a "clean" version called "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," but it's even less fun than the scrubbed version of Cee-Lo's "F**k You" ("Forget You").] Way to slip in from behind at the last second, Enrique. Watch the NSFW video (there’s nekkid titties and some sex noises!) after the jump… Keep reading »
Here’s one year-end list we’d never want to be on. The Boston Public Health Commission ranked the top 10 worst relationship songs released this year; songs were ranked by the unhealthy messages they sent listeners about relationships and violence against women. At the top of the list? Usher, whose tracks “Lil Freak” and “Hot Tottie” occupied the number one and two spots.
Songs are scored based on their portrayal of relationships, sex, manipulation and disrespect. Songs are ranked by a panel of 100 teens, who, said director Casey Corcoran, “see which ones endorse a healthy or unhealthy relationships.”
Songs were NOT scored based on the reputation of the artists themselves (which is why Usher tops the list and not Chris Brown). Check out the rest of the list after the jump. Keep reading »
Need some last-minute Christmas ideas? Well, here are some gifts that just hit the shelves, so they’re not busted and picked-over like the rest of the crap. Yay! Keri Hilson’s starting a girls’ club. Jamie Foxx is having the best night of his life. Keyshia Cole has got a lot of heart. And Ghostface Killah has got his own Apollo mission. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump. Keep reading »