Drake's posthumous Aaliyah album featuring unreleased material from the singer has been scrapped.
The rapper's producer Noah "40" Shebib was set to work with him on the project but has pulled out because her mother Diane didn't approve of the idea. In an interview with Vibe, Noah said, "The world reacting to Drake's involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it. [Aaliyah's] mother saying 'I don't want this out' was enough for me. I walked away very quickly."
He was also worried about the "negative stigma" involved with the album, which was set to feature unreleased material from the 22-year-old singer who died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001. But he claims producer Timbaland, who previously said only he should work on Aaliyah's music, was positive about his work.
Rihanna is back in the studio working on her eighth album.
The "We Found Love" star is reportedly planning a duet with Katy Perry and has been working with producer DJ Mustard on her next, as-yet-untitled, record. "I'm finally going in [the studio] with Rihanna. I'm just doing what I think she would like, and if she don't like it we'll just figure out something else in the studio, and I'll just keep making beats 'till she figure it out. But she's gonna get one," he said.
DJ Mustard, real name Dijon McFarlane, has previously worked with the likes of Young Jeezy, B.O.B, Meek Mill and Bow Wow and has hinted at a more urban sound for Rihanna's next album.
In November last year, it was announced that the producer had signed with the singer's label, Jay Z's Roc Nation.
OutKast is set to reunite at Coachella 2014.
Producer Rico Wade has confirmed Andre 3000 and Big Boi will be gracing the stage at this year's festival after a seven-year hiatus. Rico told music website Stereogum that he wants his cousin, rapper Future, to join the pair at their reunion in California in April.
"As we bide our time in the lobby, he [Rico] affably spills the beans about unreleased Andre 3000 solo songs from a decade ago and his hopes to score Future a cameo during OutKast's reunion sets at Coachella. Eventually he pulls out his iPhone and plays me a Future/Andre collaboration he produced called 'Benz Bitch' that's earmarked for Honest [Future's next LP]. It's yet another side of Future and one rarely heard: brainy, libidinous space-age funk mined from Stankonia's dankest caverns, an homage to his Dungeon Family roots," the article reads.
Katy Perry thinks her music video with boyfriend John Mayer is more authentic than Kanye West's "Bound 2."
The "Roar" hitmaker, who joined forces with John on the song "Who You Love," made the comparison about Kanye's latest music video which features his fiancee Kim Kardashian straddling him topless on a motorcycle.
"I thought our response was a little bit more authentic because my hair was blowing in the right direction," the 29-year-old singer joked, speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The song appears on John's latest album Paradise Valley and Katy thinks their relationship works so well because they have a mutual appreciation for music. "Yeah we have a lot of fun. You know, we have music as an understanding and love between each other and we connect and you know it's like he understands what I do because he does the same thing. And so after a long day, if it's been tough, I don't really have to go into it, he just gets it. You know, so it's nice with that understanding," she continued.
Lindsay Lohan is making music with Kate Moss' husband.
The troubled actress is determined to get her life back on track following her stint in rehab in the summer, and has teamed up with Jamie Hince to work on a mystery project. The 27-year-old star posted a number of teasing photographs on her Instagram account, which saw her sitting at a mixing desk in a New York studio, as well as a signed copy of The Kills record, along with the hash tags "Jamie Hince" and "Studio time."
The blonde beauty, who released two albums when she was a Disney star, is keen to revive her music career and has been seeking advice from Jamie and Lily Allen's ex-boyfriend Robertson Furze in a bid to turn into a "rock chick." "Lindsay's really embarrassed by [her previous] music, it was really poppy and cheesy. She sees herself as far more credible now. Jamie is one of her idols - she loves The Kills and sees herself as a bit of a rock chick," a source said.
Katy Perry joined John Mayer on stage for a surprise appearance in Brooklyn.
The "Roar" hitmaker and her boyfriend sang their duet "Who You Love" from John's latest album Paradise Valley. They performed together on Tuesday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and even managed to sneak in a few kisses at the beginning of the song.
Hours before John, 36, and Katy, 29, sat down on Good Morning America for their first joint interview and premiered the music video for "Who You Love," which saw the couple kiss and embrace. John was initially hesitant to feature Katy on the track, saying, "My first thought was, 'You can't do that' and then the more I thought about just the music part of it, it made perfect sense. Even if I didn't know Katy, it would have made perfect sense.... For me it always had to be about the song ... It's a pretty big moving target to be a couple and have a song but I think there's an authenticity to it when you hear it."
Katy said about her duet with John, "It transcends us. It's more about the message of the song."
Little Mix wants to collaborate with Nicki Minaj.
The "Change Your Life" hitmakers - made up of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall - are keen for the 31-year-old rapper to feature on one of their future tracks. "We've been saying for ages that Nicki Minaj is the person we all want to record with," Jesy said. Jade added, "If we say it enough it may happen. We always envisage a rapper on our music."
John Mayer and Katy Perry have unveiled the artwork for their duet "Who You Love."
The couple - who are rumored to be engaged - teamed up for the third single to be taken from John's sixth studio album Paradise Valley, which was released in August. "Who You Love is here. Proud of this song, proud of this artwork, proud of this girl," the "Half Of My Heart" musician tweeted, attaching the cover art for the track.
The black-and-white shot, taken by photographer Mario Sorrentil, shows John strumming a guitar while Katy's strikes a sultry pose and rests her hand on his shoulder. "I wouldn't have brought her a song if I didn't think it was good. I think the power of the song protected me, certainly, I don't know about her, from it being a little too cute," John previously said about the track.
R.Kelly says he met his match when he collaborated with Lady Gaga.
The R&B star, who worked with the pop star on the track "Do What U Want" from her latest album Artpop, has gushed about the singer after their raunchy performance at the American Music Awards this month. "I met my match when I met Lady Gaga. There's no doubt about it. She's very talented, she has a vision, she has a gift to the world. Then she has balls and she's not afraid to express herself. I don't think she does things to be controversial, she's just being herself," R.Kelly told The Sun newspaper.
Robin Thicke is filming a music video with Will Ferrell's Anchorman 2 character Ron Burgundy.
The "Blurred Lines" singer and the legendary star have already recorded a cover of Christopher Cross' 1980 hit "Ride Like The Wind" for the movie's soundtrack. Now sources say they want to make a video to promote the song but are struggling to find the time. "Everyone's on board for a proper music video, but Will's concerned about his schedule," an insider told the New York Post's Page Six.
The insider says he fears Ron Burgundy will be overexposed but would like Robin to join him on one of his upcoming TV appearances to promote the film.
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