- Although online music service Spotify won't divulge approximate numbers, the company claims that Daft Punk has set the new record with their song "Get Lucky" for the biggest streaming day for a single track - a title previously held by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop."
- Perhaps weirdly influenced by her new role as a mother, Beyonce shocked Serbian concert-goers by somewhat-flashing them with a glittery leotard complete with bare faux-boobs.
- Those attending the Americanarama Festival of Music ought to be extra-ecstatic for the concert this summer, as Bob Dylan just signed on to perform on the tour alongside My Morning Jacket and Wilco.
- Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has spoken out about Beyonce's initially unauthorized cover of "Back to Black," which is featured in the upcoming film The Great Gatsby.
Usher always knew he could be as big as Bobby Brown or Michael Jackson. The "Yeah" singer - who has sold over 65 million records during his career - was convinced of his talents from an early age, and even though people didn't believe him, he knew he was going to be a star.
Speaking to Pharrell Williams for his Artist TLK show, he said, "Bobby Brown and Michael Jackson that's what I'm gonna do. People are like 'Sure kid, whatever.' And I'm like, 'No, no, no. That's what I'm gonna do.' If I had come out as a kid artist then I kinda woulda got lost in the kid thing, but you put me with Puff [Daddy, now P. Diddy, an early mentor], at the time when Puff was hot, [I] blew 'em away."
In the same interview Usher also talks about teen sensation Justin Bieber, who he signed to The Raymond Braun Media Group, which he founded with the star's manager, Scooter Braun. "Many people passed up on Justin. That was never my reaction," he added.
Kelly Rowland says Destiny's Child could make another album together.
The 32-year-old singer reunited with her former bandmates during Beyonce's half-time Super Bowl show in February and Kelly insists there's a chance they could work together again on new music in the future. When quizzed about the possibility of another record at Elle's Women in Music event in New York on Wednesday night, she said, "It's not a no."
Although the girls haven't ruled out a studio reunion, Kelly insists the trio are content to focus on their own respective solo careers at the moment. Kelly did work with Beyonce and Kelly on separate tracks for her own upcoming solo LP Talk A Good Game and she can't wait for her fans to hear the results.
Justin Timberlake may release a follow-up to The 20/20 Experience later this year.
The "Pusher Love Girl" star released his first album for almost seven years today, but The Roots' drummer Questlove claims the ten track album is the first part of a set and he will release more material before the end of 2013.
"Spoiler alert. 20/20 Vol 2 comes out in nov. (10 songs now . . . 10 songs later= 20 vision). He played me songs out of order and off both records so i don't know what made the final cut (sic)," he wrote on music forum Okayplayer.com.
Justin has yet to confirm whether the musician's claims are true. The singer took time off between his last album FutureSex/Lovesounds in 2006 and The 20/20 Experience to work on his acting career, and says the experience helped him develop the characters in his songs too.
Beyonce has released two new tracks, "Bow Down" and "I Been On." The 31-year-old singer unveiled an audio clip of her first new material since 2011's 4 album on her website yesterday. The track was accompanied by a photo of the singer as a child standing in a room full of trophies.
Lyrics include the lines, "I know when you were little girls you dreamt of being in my world / Don't forget it / Respect that / Bow Down b****es." Elsewhere she sings, "I took my time to live my life but don't think I'm just his little wife / Don't get it twisted this is my sh*t."
The clip takes pieces from two different songs, "Bow Down," which has reportedly been produced by Hit-Boy and "I Been On" which is thought to have been made with Timbaland.
Beyonce's lyrics appear to refer to her absence from the music industry as she has become a mother to daughter Blue Ivy, now 14-months, and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, but her choice of words and apparent attitude have divided opinion. "I'm not sorry that @beyonce is a trend-setter and doesn't sound like everyone else. It's about changing the game #beyhive (sic)" one fan wrote on Twitter.
Rihanna resumed her Diamonds world tour last night. The "Stay" singer was back on stage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after being forced to cancel two shows due to laryngitis, and appeared in good spirits ahead of the show.
"One of my favorite cities in America #PHILLYnation #DiamondsWorldTour WE BACK!!!!! (sic)," she wrote on Twitter.
Rihanna had to cancel dates in Boston and Baltimore after falling ill immediately after the first show of the tour in New York state and tweeted she was "embarrassed" about it: "BOSTON this is the hardest thing for me to deal with! I feel like we've been waiting on this day forever, and I'm hurt that I let you down. I hate disappointing people that never ever let me down!! I'm so embarrassed about this! Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!(sic)."
The singer will reschedule both of the missed dates and intends to give fans a special show when they do happen.
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Ne-Yo has recorded a duet with Celine Dion. The "Closer" hitmaker had a "surreal" time in the studio with the "My Heart Will Go On" star and admitted though he was flattered she wanted his vocals on the track, it made him doubt his abilities as a singer.
"The first time I worked for her I wrote a song for her, which in itself was surreal. This time around I actually did a duet with her - it's her and me on one song, which was a challenge to say the least! I was trying to figure what I was even doing there - why would they need my voice when they have hers? She wanted to do the song as a duet and I was flattered, but it definitely made me question my vocal ability," he said.
Rihanna has been forced to cancel her concert in Boston tonight.
The "Stay" singer - who kicked off her new Diamonds world tour on Friday night - has come down with a severe case of laryngitis but is hoping a two day break from performing will cure her in time for her next concert in Baltimore on Tuesday.
Live Nation shared the 25-year-old star's disappointment with gossip website TMZ.com earlier, saying, "Unfortunately, following her sold out concert on Friday, Rihanna has contracted laryngitis and per doctor's instruction is unable to perform this evening." But they said she is still scheduled to play a show in Baltimore on Tuesday, and her Boston show will be rescheduled.
A source previously claimed that Rihanna couldn't wait to get out on tour and took it easy in rehearsals so she could save her energy for her fans. "She's good, excited to kick off this [tour] and do it big. She's already hyped up and doing some light rehearsals but other than that, she's taking it easy. Saving all the energy for the show," an insider said.
Adele is set to perform at Michelle Obama's birthday next year.
The "Skyfall" singer - who won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards last month - will reportedly join a string of other entertainers including Beyonce to help celebrate the US First Lady's 50th birthday bash at the White House in Washington DC on January 17, 2014.
"America's First Lady will be holding a huge celebrity-packed party for her birthday at the White House next year and, as she adores Adele and Beyonce, she has asked them both to sing. Adele has graciously accepted and waived her usual fee for the high-profile private performance. She will sing a selection of her most-loved hits for the First Lady and her friends. The Obamas will pay Adele's expenses as it's a private party, not a State one," a source said.
The 24-year-old British singer wowed the audience with a paired down performance of "Skyfall" at the Oscars last month, her first live performance since giving birth last October. She was previously said to have celebrated her prestigious win by presenting her five-month old son Angelo with his very own mock statue of an Academy Award from a souvenir shop.
Ne-Yo surprised new artist Sonna Rele by signing her to Motown Records Thursday night.
The "Closer" star invited the London-born singer - whom he discovered on Facebook - on stage with him at Under the Bridge venue in Chelsea where he offered her to opportunity to join the iconic label, which has been home to Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Temptations.
Speaking about Ne-Yo - who is Vice President of A& R at Motown - Sonna exclusively told BANG Showbiz, "I have a lot of respect for him, he's an amazing artist, an amazing songwriter. I feel like I've got a really good team around me where I can kind of grow as a songwriter and an artist. I'm smiling from ear-to-ear right now. I'm really, really excited."
The 25- year old has already worked with Fugees star Wyclef Jean and music producer Dallas Austin, who between them have worked with likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, TLC, Boys II Men and Gwen Stefani.
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