Dear “The Voice,”
I heard the news that you will be replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green with Shakira and Usher next season. I hate this idea. Not because I love Xtina and Cee Lo so much that I can’t stand to lose them, but because you seem to be getting a touch of “American Idol” syndrome.
That’s not a real syndrome, I just made it up. It’s when a reality competition show gets really successful, really quickly, and instead of sticking with what made it really successful, really quickly in the first place, it gets all full of itself and tries to change everything, therefore ruining itself. That was a really long sentence. What I’m trying to say to you is: don’t ruin yourself, “The Voice.” Keep reading »
“[My nanny] was telling me how people would get [plastic surgery in Brazil] and they would snap back so fast. And I just had a little pooch. I’ve always been a person who has been into my body and staying fit. And I had a baby, like, three months earlier. And I’m not going to lie, I was mad at my husband at the time, so I thought, ‘Let’s take a trip.’ … And when I got there I made a really dumb decision. It was dumb, because it wasn’t nothing a few crunches and another month wouldn’t have gotten off. I never had the surgery. I ended up going into cardiac arrest while I was getting anesthesia.”
—Tameka Foster, Usher‘s ex-wife, talks candidly to Sister 2 Sister magazine about why she decided to travel to Brazil and get liposuction, which landed her in critical condition. So. So. Scary. [The Urban Daily] Keep reading »
And you thought his appearance at the Grammy Awards was “OMG.” According to TMZ, we’re about to see a whole lot more of Usher Raymond IV—a sex tape is allegedly being shopped around that stars him and ex wife, Tameka Foster. Which means the video must be kinda old, as the two split back in 2009. So where did this tape come from? Apparently, the star’s SUV was robbed back in December and more than $1 million worth of stuff was taken, including two laptops. Sources say the video was on one of them. So, is this a tape you want to see or do you hope that it stays private? Justin Bieber, please take note from your mentor’s mistakes—once clothes are off, no recording, okay? [PopEater] Keep reading »
After the first half of last night’s Super Bowl was done — and congrats to the Green Bay Packers, the least rapey team on the field last night, for their win — TRON took over for the halftime show. I mean, the Black Eyed Peas. Slash from Guns ‘N’ Roses showed up too — is he having financial problems? He is way too cool to be standing next to Fergie as she brays the world’s worst Axl Rose impression. Also, a piece of advice for the Peas: if you’re going to insist on singing a four-year-old hit — “I Got A Feeling” — you should at least update the lyrics to reference the current year and not 2008. Speaking of 2008, I have never been so excited to see Usher do the splits in all my damn life. I get that as a spectacle
, this might qualify as “entertaining,” but given that my ears are still bleeding, I remain unimpressed. You? 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 »
“In an era when sensationalism is more prevalent than anything, yeah, [the divorce upped my popularity]. People love a train wreck. Lindsay Lohan—everybody is eager to see how that comes out. This is somewhat the same thing … Seeing how marriage didn’t work out for me the first time, I’m in no rush to do it again. Maybe I can find a couple of women who are open-minded. Look at how Hugh Hefner does it, with a harem of women.”
—Usher talks about his divorce last year from Tameka Foster in the new issue of Playboy. Any volunteers for his harem? Anyone? [People] Keep reading »
It’s Tuesday, aka New Music Day. And let me tell you, girl, this week is the jammiest! Shine up those dancin’ shoes because my favorite psychedelic party band !!! (pronounced “chk chk chk”) has a new album out and it is all kinds of fun. Ra Ra Riot proves three is the magic number with their rad new release. Fantasia isn’t just bringin’ the drama in real life; her R&B record lays it out. Margaret Cho duets with some stellar songbirds. Katy Perry pops some more bubble gum and Usher unleashes some B sides. So, get those headphones on because you’re going to wanna rock out after the jump. Keep reading »
We’ve come a long way from “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” when it comes to name-dropping alcohol in music. Today’s artists get paid big bucks to sing about certain vodkas, or have a name-brand bottle of booze appear in their videos. But then some alcohol-inspired songs seem to be purely organic, created purely as a true tribute to a particular beverage. One of the most recent examples—a
Jay-Z and Usher‘s collaboration, “Hot Toddy.” What is a Hot Toddy, the uninitiated may ask? It is a mix of whiskey, boiling water, honey, lemon, and cinnamon. Sound like the drink needs all the publicity it can get.
Check out other mixed drinks that artists have honored with ballads. Keep reading »