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Rihanna | Loud Tour Dates

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International chart topper Rihanna has today announced that she will launch the British leg of her ‘Loud Tour’ next year in 2011. The tour will kick off in London next October, with the 22-year-old visiting Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle and Birmingham! People are you ready to get ‘Loud’? I was hoping for a Cardiff date to be honest!

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Saturday (December 11th) and are priced at a reasonable £39.50 & £46.00 regionally. For London though, you’ll have to fork out that little bit extra (£40, £42.50 & £55).

Loud’ Tour 2011

October 2011

Wednesday 05 – London 02 Arena
Friday 07 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Sunday 09 – Manchester Evening News Arena
Monday 10 – Glasgow SECC
Saturday 15 – Birmingham LG Arena
Sunday 16 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

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Rihanna | What’s My Name (Feat Drake)


What’s My Name? is the second single by R&B singer Rihanna, taken from her fifth studio album, “Loud“, released on November 12, 2010.

Rihanna and Drake get up close and personal in the Philip Andelman-directed video for “What’s My Name?, they’re such a cute couple right…?

The vid was helmed by director Philip Andelman and features Ri strutting down the NYC streets in a colorful outfit and getting cozy with Drake.

FYI: “What’s My Name?” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, marking Ri’s eighth number one hit and is currently in the top ten of the UK charts still a few weeks ahead of its official release. Now that’s pretty damn impressive!!!

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Rihanna’s new video?

Oh na na, What’s my name, oh na na…

The beautiful Wynter Gordon | with an alternative visual look to her big hit “Dirty Talk”

 

I’ve been a big fan of Wynter Gordon for a long while , I really believe she is so under-rated , so much talent and a beautiful voice. I’m also wondering with this new alternative video of Dirty Talk being released that we finally might see a release of the track in the U.K, I will be very interested to see if this happens. I think it’s a track that could do very well especially with the influx of club/pop songs arriving in the charts at the moment.

Back to the new video, the video delivers a pretty simple yet effective concept. Despite the obvious limited budget of the video Wynter still manages to deliver and make this video a winner. It’s a fierce effort.  In one word she looked FANTASTIC! Hopefully this video will help to get more people noticing Wynter Gordon because its obvious she has a big future.

You can check-check it out below. Enjoy!

Bruno Mars unveils his new video for his latest single “Grenade”.

Quite a few weeks late on this new video by one of the breakout stars of 2010 , Bruno Mars but its worth the wait.

Bruno Mars has recently premiered the music video for “Grenade”, the official second single from his debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans”. The midtempo ballad was produced by The Smeezingtons.

The music video was filmed in Los Angeles and was directed by Nabil (Kanye West, Estelle). The features follows Bruno as he goes through a lot of hard work and effort dragging a piano through the streets of Los Angeles , in the end it’s all for nothing as the girl he would catch a grenade for simply has other ideas leaving Bruno pretty distraught and contemplating suicide. Oh sad ending right?

Really dramatic, really emotional, really clever. This video is a definite winner in my opinion, even if, at the end of it, Mars has lost everything. That’s the price you pay for falling in love though I guess. I bet there’s so many women lining up out there for Bruno Mars to fall in love with them though!! Ha. Credit goes to Bruno though for keeping up the pace of his success in 2010 with this impressive and heartfelt track!

What did you think of the “Grenade” video?


 

New Music | Rihanna Ft Eminem – Love The Way You Lie Part 2

After the hugely succesful Love The Way You Lie by Rihanna and Eminem, they’ve decided to go down the Empire State of Mind route with a broken down Part II. It’s pretty fantastic, its firmly on repeat on the iPod although im still unsure if it beats the original…? Initially a piano based broken down version of the track was recorded but then drums were added to give the song a new lease of life.


The song is produced by Alex Da Kid and will appear on Ri’s forthcoming album Loud, which drops in stores November 16th.
You can take a listen to the part II version below. What do you think….?

Willow Smith – “Whip My Hair” | Official Video

Have you seen Willow Smith‘s “Whip My Hair” video yet? If you haven’t, where have you been…? You should check it sharpish.

Willow Smith whips her hair back and forth. We know this because she repeats it over and over in her video premiere, “Whip My Hair.” The song is catchy, well-produced and could easily fit into the pop world of today right in between Rihanna and Lady Gaga.

Willow is now easily the most stylish 9-year-old girl in America (and maybe the world). The 9-year-old daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith filled Ryan Seacrest in on the meaning of the song. “You can’t be afraid to be yourself,” In Willow’s own words . “You have to be yourself and you can’t let anyone tell you that it’s wrong!”

The fun video was directed by Ray Kay and also features a cameo from Willow’s big bro, Jaden Smith! The video is packed full of color and fun and is a video that will be watched over and over again; I especially like that the Whip My Hair lyrics are age-appropriate! The video starts off with a bunch of children who are in bland white clothes, which seem to be pretty boring. When Willow Smith comes out she dips her hair in some paint and starts bringing some color into the school. The concept of the song is that anyone who has hair can let loose and shake it and just have fun!!. The whole video is vivid and fun and full of life.

Brilliant effort from the 9 year old sensation!. It looks like this rising young star is going to have a full career ahead of her.  She is the REAL DEAL!

Video Of The Week : Todrick Hall “It Gets Better..

Hey you, with your head held high well
You got him real good, I hope it feels good
Hey you trying so hard not to cry well
I know you’re fed up, but keep your head up

Cuz, people only see what they wanna
People gone believe what they gonna
They don’t understand the life that you choose
They never walked a mile in your shoes no no no no
So whatcha gonna do with your haters
Just gotta excuse their behavior
But just don’t give up hope
I just want you to know that

Maybe today seems cloudy and gray
So full of sorrow and tomorrow seems so far away
But it gets better, but It gets better
And I know the world keeps throwing you strife
But Keep on strutting down this yellow brick road called life
Cuz it gets better, cuz it gets better

Hey you, wondering who you are saying
“There’s something wrong here, I don’t belong here!”
Hey you, don’t you know you’ve come so far
and when there’s nowhere to run to, I’ll always love you

But, people only see what they wanna
People gone believe what they gonna
They don’t understand the way that you feel
They never walked a mile in your heels
So whatcha gonna do with your haters
You gotta excuse their behavior
Don’t you give up yet
Don’t ever forget…that

Maybe today seems cloudy and gray
So full of sorrow and tomorrow seems so far away
But it gets better, but It gets better
And I know the world keeps throwing you strife
But Keep on strutting down this yellow brick road called life
Cuz it gets better, cuz it gets better

Watch the video… The lyrics say it all! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Finally Pixie Lott/Jason Derulo “Coming Home” has surfaced online & Nicole Scherzinger’s new single “Poison” in full , Check Them Both Out!

OH MY GODDDD! This is what I call a feel good kind of tune! This is my kind of song. I’ve been waiting to listen to this collaboration ever since it was announced. But Pixie Lott‘s super-anticipated collaboration with Mr Derulo, “Coming Home” is finally here to my delight.! The duet will be included as well as other four new tracks on Pixie’s upcoming “Turn It Up Louder” CD which will be available in the UK from this Monday, October 18th.

I’m pretty sure that this song will get the full single material. So what makes Coming Home such a good feel good tune then….? Ok its a very cute midtempo tune, nice lyrics and there is a great amount of chemistry between the two singers. It’s just one of them songs that grows on you every time you listen to it. You can just jam along to it with ease and just have a good time! Love it!

Check out the track in full below…!

To be perfectly honest I’ve never really taken Nicole‘s bid for solo success that much seriously. She’s suffered a few setbacks thus far in her solo career and with her debut album being put back I feared she would never reach the heights of her Pussycat Dolls group!

But after she featured on the X Factor as a judge I suddenly found myself warming to Nicole more than ever before, so I just found myself rooting for her and hoping her solo career picks up! And boy am I happy to hear her latest planned song release. If this attempt doesn’t do it , I have no idea what will!! Now, Nicole’s second attempt at solo stardom is taking a step in the right direction with lead single Poison.

It’s a big dance club stomper and it comes as no real surprise that the track was produced by the hugely acclaimed producer Red One.

“Poison” ticks all the boxes and i mean every single box.Poison comes complete with a big killer beat and catchy and effective lyrics. And a strong hook. “I’ve got poison on my mind!!”, Nicole sings. And boy she kills it! I’m totally feeling this 100%. The beautiful Nicole Scherzinger is set to release this club-banger on November 29th. BOY I really cannot bloody wait!!!

Follow Nicole on twitter @NicoleScherzy for all the latest news and to make sure you keep updated on the video release!!


You’ve got Duffy’s comeback single , The Saturdays Vid With Flo Rida, Example & Jason Derulo’s new videos , Katy Perry Teaser Video & Keri Hilson’s new song all in one big bumper post…

For some reason I’ve got a bit behind with all the latest music out there today, how very shocking of me, so I thought whats better than a big bumper post…? So yeah here it is.

Duffy has returned to the limelight with her brand new song and its a trademark Duffy song in every sense of the word. She’s made a name for herself with her signature pop soul like style!

The soul-pop uptempo track featuring The Roots serves as the lead single from the Welsh star’s upcoming sophomore album “Endlessly” . The album is out November 29th. The visuals are stunning. Wow Duffy is so beautiful. The video is FIERCE with Duffy delivering some impressive choreography. The new era is up and running impressively. You can get the new song on November 21st. Take a peep at the video below..!


The Saturdays have also unveiled the newer edit of their brand new single “Higher”. The second edit features the rapper Flo Rida! Besides adding Flo Rida’s scenes to the video, there isn’t much of a difference, except that they removed the part where Una and Vanessa sang near the end. Check the video out below!



Two Lives’ is the fifth single from Example’s debut album ‘Wont Go Quietly,  The hits just keep on coming and coming. The new single is called “Two Lives”, and IMO is one of the best songs from the album with Example again hitting you with his beautiful, simple and stirring lyrics, he certainly has a way with words. The video shows the difficult side of being a rapper as it gets a little bit too much for him , instead of getting a lift on the tour bus, Elliot takes a time-out to walk home alone. Two Lives is released November 14!

R&B star Jason Derulo or should i say Jasooooon Derrruuuuuulooooo is out with yet another video from his self-titled debut album Jason Derulo. This song is called The Sky’s The Limit and im glad he’s released this song. The song is a big TUNE and the video is pretty much what you expect from Jason as he delivers some pretty slick dance moves yet again!

Keri Hilson’s new single “Pretty Girl Rock” has recently premiered in its official entirety. The track is the 2nd release from “No Boys Allowed”. “Pretty Girl Rock” is very pop influenced but still keeping Keri’s renowned swagger like quality. The song ticks all the boxes , its radio friendly ,  It has a cool piano-driven melody and an infectious hook! Impressed with this song release from Keri ! Hope she does well with this!

American star Katy Perry has unveiled the teaser clip for her new single “Firework“. You can check it out below. She is set to perform the single on this week’s edition of the X Factor.

Rihanna Unveils her Flowery & Beautiful ‘Only Girl In The World’ Video….

I don’t know what it is but with some songs i actually need the video to be released for me to take the song a bit seriously. This new video release is a pretty perfect example , I wasn’t crazy about Only Girl , Rihanna‘s first single to be lifted from the new “Loud” era but with the video being released i have suddenly found myself addicted to the track. I think it’s the type of song that sounds better and better each time you hear it and with a video to now accompany the track that just increases….!


The visuals for the track found their way onto the web earlier this week to the delight of Rihanna fans worldwide.In the 22-year-old singer’s new video, directed by longtime collaborator Anthony Mandler, Rihanna reveals the lengths she will go to get her guy to make her feel like the “Only Girl (In the World).” Rihanna has officially moved on from her edgy “Rated R” days and has taken on a more girly and upbeat look with her newly premiered music video “Only Girl”.

‘Only Girl (In The World)’ is the lead single from Rihanna’s forthcoming album ‘Loud!!

The wild array of colors and landscapes makes this video such a beautifully shot video. Rihanna shows off her beautiful to die for looks and continues to rock her “LOUD” and spirited red locks as we view her as the only girl in the world, through rose-colored glasses. If Rihanna was indeed the only girl in the world it would be such a beautiful world.

“It’s really, really beautifully shot in these crazy, crazy, crazy places,” the 22-year-old told Entertainment Weekly. “We shot landscapes that we found a couple of hours outside of LA It looks so unreal. It looks fake, like something out of a postcard with the beautiful hills: We had a lot of sunshine those couple of days, so it really worked with the whole essence of the video. But really, the video just shows this big landscape and the only person there is me.”

Ps. Rumour has it that Rihanna will perform on X Factor on Sunday 24th October…Can’t wait.

Check the oh so beautiful visuals out below..!

Mike Posner – Please Don’t Go (Music Video)

Mike Posner is really starting to make a lot of waves in the UK and quite rightly too. I first come across this young american star when he launched his career with the feel good song “Cooler than Me” which performed very impressively stateside , it actually landed him a top ten hit in Oz, Canada and his native US. It seems that success is being replicated in the UK. The single is currently number 3 on the iTunes charts for this week 5 weeks ahead of its official release so it seems Mr Posner could be set for a big start to his UK chart career. Another top ten position for a song he originally recorded in his college dorm….? That’s impressive.

The thing that strikes me about Mike Posner is that all it seems so natural, the catchiness of his songs have really shone. His ability to create his signature sound, mixing electropop, synth-tinged hip-hop and dance is particularly impressive and its evident throughout his album.


Not content with the success of his first single Mike has begun the promo for his second single “Please Don’t Go”. IMO this is the best song from his album, it’s definitely my favourite so I was glad to see it was chosen as the next single. The video sees Mike getting a bit nostalgic.  The 22-year-old singer walks down the streets of Los Angeles during a sunny day, revisiting places in the city where he and his girlfriend used to spend time together.

You can watch the video below : I particularly like the setting for the video, the lighting is a really cool feature IMO!


Seeing as we’re still sort of playing catchup here in the UK I’ve included the video to his current single impressing “Cooler than Me””

Enjoy!

Expect to hear a lot of things about this 22 year old from Detroit in the next few years. He’s on a quest to be the next big thing and he’s well on his way!

New Video : Nelly premieres his “Inception” inspired video “Just A Dream”..

Though he typically makes pretty basic and typical videos, St. Louis rapper Nelly has decided to take a more creative turn with the visual for his new hit, “Just a Dream.

Inspired by the popular film “Inception” Nelly takes a walk alone on the beach, thinking about a woman he couldn’t commit to. As a house, wedding ring, and car float around him, he thinks about and remembers the good times he shared with her.

And then it all changes dramatically. The house crumbles while the car and wedding ring all burn to pieces. And just like the movie, there’s a pretty unclear conclusion to the video. Nelly’s love drowns in the ocean, refusing his attempts to save her. But just before we see her fade away completely, Nelly suddenly wakes up in his car. Was it all a dream? Who knows ey? You can be the judge of that when you check out the video below.

I really like this effort from Nelly. He’s shyed away from your typical club scene which most rappers tend to do these days. I think its refreshing that he’s changed up the styles and opted to be a lot more creative. I think the song in particular deserves that!

Just A Dream is taken from Nelly’s latest studio album entitled ‘Nelly 5.0.