Snoop Lion might return to rap music. The controversial artist - formerly known as Snoop Dogg - reinvented himself with his latest album Reincarnated after embracing Rastafarian culture and music on a trip to Jamaica, but has hinted he could return to his former vocation.
The laid-back icon told NME magazine, "I don't know if I want to repeat the same process as far as going to Jamaica and making a reggae album. I may wanna go to another country and make a reggae album. I may wanna make a rap album. I don't know."
The "Drop It Like It's Hot" hitmaker could also be contemplating yet another radical overhaul and is open to the idea of traveling to a foreign country to immerse himself in a new sound and image: "I definitely feel like I'm gonna make more music but I don't know if I'm gonna go to Jamaica, I may wanna go somewhere else. I may wanna venture into another part of the world. Some things you let them be what they are. That was a priceless moment. I may wanna do something different next time."
Bob Marley's son has defended Snoop Lion following accusations he became Rastafarian for profit.
The rapper was heavily criticized by members of the Rastafari community - including Bob's former bandmate Bunny Wailer - who claim he turned to their way of life to promote his upcoming reggae album and documentary - both titled Reincarnated - and says his father would have too. Rohan Marley, 40, told TMZ, "Our father's name should not even be mentioned in this issue because like a true Rasta, he would have embraced Snoop's reincarnation and welcomed the positivity."
Snoop Lion has been accused of becoming a Rastafarian for profit.
The rapper - who changed his name from Snoop Dogg last year after becoming immersed in the Rastafari movement during a visit to Jamaica - has angered members of the community who believe his new-found spirituality as a gimmick to promote his upcoming reggae album and documentary, both titled Reincarnated.
Bunny Wailer, a former member of Bob Marley and the Wailers, has accused Snoop of "outright fraudulent use of Rastafari community's personalities and symbolism" and claimed the 41-year-old star has failed to meet "contractual, moral and verbal commitments," of their way of life according to website TMZ. Rights group Rastafari Millennium Council also expressed their upset with the "Drop It Like It's Hot" hitmaker - whose name change to Lion is thought to be inspired by the Lion of Judiah, a symbolic figure in the Rastafarian culture - in a seven-page letter addressed to the star.
No Doubt never intended their break to be as long as it was.
The "Hey Baby" hitmakers - made up of Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont - have just released their first new album for 11 years, Push and Shove, and they admit when they first decided to go on hiatus in 2004 they never realized it would take so many years to get back together.
During an appearance on UK TV show This Morning, Gwen said, "We actually never were apart [as friends], I mean, we always planned to do another record."
Adrian revealed, "There was a pause. I mean we had talked about making another record, but we just didn't know how long it was going to take in between... What people don't really realize is that we saw each other quite often, but we all started having families. So there were a few years off and then we got back together and worked on the record."
Taylor Swift, Muse and No Doubt will perform at the 2012 MTV European Music Awards (EMA).
The trio are the first batch of performers announced take to the stage at the ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany on November 11, and the "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" hitmaker - who has been nominated for five EMAs including Best Live Act and Best Live Stage - can't wait to sing at the spectacle.
"I've always wanted to go to the EMA, because you hear about the spectacle of it, and how everyone just goes all out for their performances. To be nominated for five EMAs was the most exciting feeling, and I was absolutely blown away. I can't wait to be there this year and perform on the show!"
No Doubt - who will go up against Taylor for the Best Pop accolade at the ceremony - are "really excited" about performing some of their new tracks from latest album Push and Shove at the event.
No Doubt feel every song on their new album is "pretty awesome."
Guitarist Tom Dumont - who is joined in the band by Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young - admits the new LP Push and Shove is not the kind of work where you have to skip past filler tracks as he thinks they are all very good: "I love all the songs on the album, and I think for me, personally, I love albums the most where you don't have to forward past filler, and I don't want to presume to make that judgment on our album, but for me, I feel like every song is pretty awesome."
However, he is particularly enamored with the final song on the album because it has a feeling of a "prom" theme. "The last song on the album is called 'Dreaming the Same Dream,' and as we were writing it, we were trying to do this prom song, and there's just something about it that I love. It has this amazing ending that ends the album really powerfully. Right now, that's my jam," he said.
No Doubt "couldn't write" when they first sat down to create new album Push and Shove. The "Settle Down" hitmakers struggled to come up with songs when they decided to work on a new LP, and lead-singer Gwen Stefani admits they had to keep re-recording what they created because they weren't sure about the sound.
"When we first started writing, we couldn't write, and then we finally got inspired and we started writing songs but they were coming slowly, like one at a time... and after we wrote, like, three songs, we got so excited that we went in and recorded them, just to see where we were at. And then we kept re-recording them, until we got to a place where we felt 'This is it.'"
Nelly Furtado wants to be seen as a more "professional" singer.
The 33-year-old star is known for her raunchy image and risque lyrics in songs like "Promiscuous Girl," but says the birth of her daughter Nevis eight years ago made her want to appear more sophisticated and encouraged her to censor her songs.
"From (Nevis' birth) forward I've been looking at my career in a more professional way. Before, I was just floating down the river and not really sure what I was doing. Writing-wise I keep her in mind - the tone of things, how I present myself," she said.
The Canadian star has even replaced the word "promiscuous" with "mysterious" in her infamous hit song when she performs it live. "I guess I wanted to show that the song's still a good song without that word in it. It's still melodic," she explained.
No Doubt say their music is a series of "accidents and mistakes." The "Just a Girl" hitmakers have never had a specific plan when it comes to recording music and admit their new album Push and Shove was created by trial and error.
"We don't know what we're doing. Everything's basically a series of accidents and mistakes," singer Gwen Stefani jokingly told MTV News. Tony Kanal, the band's bassist, added, "Honestly ... we just make music that we love and we want to play. We get inspired by something, and we kind of go with it."
Nelly Furtado's music is more "joyful" since she became a mother.
The "Maneater" hitmaker is more aware of her surroundings since having daughter Nevis, eight, and says she has a huge influence on her music: "Once you become a parent it kind of forces you to look more outside yourself and become a little more in the moment, which is kind of great because an artist's life can be one of solitude. I find my songs become more joyful, fun and inspired."
Nelly added also said she is more "in tune" with the rest of the world, and produces more collaborations, rather than writing songs alone with her guitar. The 33-year-old singer spoke of her move into Latin music with her last album Mi Plan and how it has boosted her confidence. "I broke into a whole other world. I really felt like Alice in Wonderland, you know, just kind of falling down the rabbit hole. I woke up in a brand new world. Just creating in Spanish, recording in Spanish and performing in Spanish has given me a lot of strength as a vocalist," she said.
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