She may be busy guiding wannabe vocalists on American Idol, but Kara DioGuardi still has time to help out a few C-list singers.
Although she only intended to help out behind the scenes, Kara will also have a singing credit on Nick Lachey’s new album. The song, titled “Temporary,” will be included in Coming Up For Air.
“She and I wrote it together,” Lachey told Access Hollywood. “Initially, just in the studio, we thought, ‘All right, let’s sing it together and then we’ll maybe find someone else to be on it,’ but she did such a great job on it.”
And while Kara’s job is to help others become stars, Nick hopes their song will be a showcase for the judge as well. “She is one of the more talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with and just a great, down to earth person as well,” he said. “I’m very happy for her that she’s getting this opportunity.”
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Eminem and Dr. Dre will be reunited again on Relapse, the album which will mark Eminem's return to the rap scene.
The real Slim Shady recently spilled to Billboard magazine. "Me and Dre are back in the lab like the old days," he explained. "Just him banging away on tracks and me getting that little spark that makes me write to it."
The Dre-Shady partnership has worked very successfully on past albums. According to reports, Dre even suspended work on his own album, Detox, to work on Relapse.
"I don't have chemistry like that with anyone else as far as producers go - not even close," Eminem said of the partnership. "Dre will end up producing the majority of the tracks on Relapse. We are up to our old mischievous ways ... let's just leave it at that."
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World AIDS day was the catalyst for the launch of (RED)WIRE, a digital music magazine raising funds to help combat AIDS in Africa. U2, Sheryl Crow and others have videos posted already, as does one Jay-Z. His latest video for the song “Brooklyn We Go Hard” is absolutely incredible and you are required to watch and listen to it multiple times.
Watch it because the incredible Typographic Illustration skills are from none other than Evan Roth, who was kind enough to include the source code in this video as well. Expect to here this track non-stop starting next month, as it’s included in the upcoming NOTORIOUS film. Yes, it’s produced by Kanye West but NO, there is not a single note of Auto-Tune in this track.
After watching Rihanna‘s new video for “Rehab,” ask yourself these questions:
- Did Rihanna’s character actually know the guy (a.k.a. Justin Timberlake) on the bike, or did he randomly stop to use her shower?
- If you were to live in a desert, what pair of earrings would you wear?
- Who does the black hood/cap look better: Rihanna or Grace Jones?
Theater of the Mind, the upcoming album from Ludacris hits stores on November 24th, and after hearing several tracks, we feel pretty confident in saying that it’s going to blow up. Don’t believe me? Download I Do It for Hip Hop” featuring Jay-Z and Nas and tell me if I’m wrong.
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Okay, I am now beginning to believe all tracks from Kanye West‘s upcoming album 808s and Heartbreak will be leaked prior to the November 24 drop date. Case in point, the latest released track “Amazing” featuring Young Jeezy, which showed up today. True to the rest of the album, Kanye uses Auto-Tune technology and tears it up once again. Download “Amazing” here, and be sure to check back tomorrow for the next track.
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Generally, any music that MIA is involved with is going to be great and this video for “Save UR Soul” is no exception. The song just happens to be a cover of “Way Down In The Hole” by Tom Waits. Pay no mind to the incredible video footage. Instead, get into this song and the amazing vocals from Baltimore producer DJ Blaqstaar. Well-known around his local area, expect more from him soon.
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It seems that all the leather and chains in the world won’t help you when your body is telling you that something’s wrong, as Rihanna found out during a recent performance in Australia. She was performing her hit Umbrella with Chris Brown, when she stumbled to the side of the stage and fainted. Chris tried to cover, continuing to sing his part, but you know he had to have felt quite a bit of concern over his fallen Boo. Towards the end of the video, you hear someone yelling for paramedics. Scary. Rihanna’s rep issued the following statement, basically saying that she is perfectly fine:
“It was very hot at the venue, so after Rihanna’s set was over, she went off stage to sit down, catch her breath and have some water. She is perfectly healthy and will be at her show tomorrow.”
Yesterday, an email pops into my BlackBerry from the one and only Mick Boogie, talking about the latest mix he completed with Terry Urban, Viva La Hova. In it, they blend Jay-Z and Coldplay in a way that has to be heard to fully appreciate.
As Mick Boogie explains it:
“In addition to self-producing a few tracks ourselves, we reached out to some of our favorite producers in the game… from Jay-Z’s collaborator 9th Wonder, The Kickdrums (50 Cent, TI) and Cookin’ Soul (The Game, Dipset) to up and comers like 6th Sense, nVMe and Garbs Infinite.
After assigning all the producers samples and snippets that we felt fit their musical talents, we began the process of assembling as many Jay-Z vocal tracks as we could find. As the submissions came back, one by one, we decided which Jay-Z verse would fit this particular interpretation of Coldplay’s sounds.
As we began piecing together the correct verses to match the correct beats, it became clear how truly amazing this project really is. This is what real music is supposed to sound like. The lyrical elegance of Shawn Carter, the vocal magic of Chris Martin, the finely tuned instruments of Coldplay, the creative visions by our team of producers, and lastly, our analysis of which Jay verse best fit each track.”
Grab Viva La Hova and tell us what you think in the comments.
Read More | Mick Boogie
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