Kanye West might not want to be on baby mama Kim Kardashian's family show, but it seems he might be taking advice from Kardashian's "momager," Kris Jenner, based on his latest publicity stunt. Rolling Stone magazine reports Yeezy debuted the latest track off of his upcoming album "Yeezus" in a big way - literally.
West premiered "New Slaves" by projecting visuals, including his face, on the front of 66 buildings around the world. Cities that got a taste of West's new sound include New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Paris and Berlin. West made the event a bit more special in his home city of Chicago by having the video shown at the famous Wrigley Field.
Though West has yet to announce when his sixth studio album will drop, it's been rumored fans will be able to get their hands on the new record June 18. They Daily Loud reports the rapper is making the rounds to get his new music out - he even performed on "Saturday Night Live" May 18.
Are you excited about West's new sound? Do you like how he released "New Slaves"?
Kelly Rowland certainly has a lot on her plate - her album, "Talk a Good Game," just dropped and she's busy working on a jewelry line. However, it seems she's ready to add one more job to her resume - judge on the American version of "X Factor." Rowland confirmed the news that she and fellow singer Paulina Rubio have signed on to judge the singing competition alongside Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato.
"I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell," Rowland said in a statement. "It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the States!"
Rowland made a brief appearance on the U.K. version of the show in 2011 before leaving, so she already has a feel for what judging is like.
Cowell opened up about his excitement to finally work with three women on the show, telling The Hollywood Reporter how happy he is to welcome Rowland and Rubio to the show.
"Paulina and Kelly both have great taste and massive experience in the music industry, and together with Demi, this is going to be a fun panel," Cowell told the news outlet.
Are you excited about the new judges on "X Factor"? Do you think Rowland will give good advice?
Some fans might have thought Jay-Z would struggle to find his groove as a sports agent, but his latest move might have even the most critical haters out there changing their tune. Taking a note from other famed agents, Jay opted to show college basketball star Skylar Diggins, a recent Notre Dame graduate, he wants her on his team.
BET reports Hov surprised the graduate with a brand new Mercedes-Benz to congratulate her on her accomplishment and getting picked in the draft. Diggins was selected third overall at the 2013 WNBA draft pick and she signed to Jay's Roc Nation Sports agency in April. Diggins signed with the Tulsa Shock and was just that - shocked - by her expensive gift from Jay.
"I got 99 problems, but a Benz ain't one," Diggins posted on her Instagram and Twitter accounts along with a photo of her new ride.
Jay seems to be showing the love to women athletes and agents, as Forbes reports the business savvy rapper recently hired Kimberly Ann Miale from Boston, Ma., as a contract advisor for Roc Nation Sports. Miale was brought on board to help represent any football players Jay's new company scores.
Do you think Jay is doing well as an agent? Are you surprised by the gift he got Diggins?
Monica made a name for herself in the late 1990's with her hit single "The Boy is Mine" alongside Brandy, and now she's back in the news for having a boy (or a girl). BET reports the R&B singer, who is married to Phoenix Suns star Shannon Brown, announced her pregnancy on her social media page.
Monica not only let followers in on her and Brown's happy news, but gave fans a glimpse of her growing bump in her Instagram shot, which she also posted on Twitter. The photo was accompanied by a message letting her followers in on her little secret.
"5 months & counting," the singer simply stated.
Brown also expressed his overwhelming excitement, sharing another snapshot of him and Monica attending an event. The photo clearly shows off the singer's bump. The basketball player added his thoughts on the impending arrival, writing, "Hallelujah!!! Thank God!!! Thank you Jesus!!! I'm so Blessed!!!" on Instagram and Twitter.
According to BET, this will be the couple's first child together, though Monica has two sons, Romelo and Rocko with ex-love, rapper Rocko. Brown also has one child, son Shannon Christopher, from a previous relationship.
Are you surprised by Monica and Brown's announcement?
Bullying is one topic that has continued to evolve and progress for the worse in recent years, largely due to kids' ability to tease and harass other youngsters via the Internet. Recently rapper and mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs teamed up with the WWE to help take a stand against bullying. BET reports Diddy's Public Service Announcement first aired during the May 6 "Monday Night Raw" show.
Diddy spoke out against bullies of all kinds while wearing a shirt that read, "Invisible Bully," a famous line from Diddy's friend, the late Notorious B.I.G.
"Bullying takes on many shapes and forms. And in this digital age sometimes it just doesn't stop when the days end," Diddy said in his PSA message. "No matter the form or the location, it's gotta stop. If it's not you being bullied, help someone who is."
According to USA Today, Diddy will be speaking out against bullies as an ambassador for the Be a Star campaign created by the WWE and The Creative Coalition. The goal of the initiative is to reach out to kids and teach them that being a bully isn't cool and that learning how to be tolerant toward one another is.
Do you think bullying is an important problem for Diddy to get behind? Do you think he'll be able to make a difference?
Just call him Jerry Maguire because Jay-Z is looking to show some athletes the money. Spanish newspaper Sport is reporting the rapper-turned-sports-agent has his sights set on signing Brazilian soccer star Neymar to his Roc Nation Sports agency. Neymar plays for Santos, and the 21-year-old athlete is certainly a hot commodity.
The young Santos star also boasts personality, a flair for fashion and good looks, making him a perfect fit for Jay and his latest endeavor. In fact, SportsPro Magazine named him as the world's most marketable athlete in 2010, with the editor claiming he's a triple threat.
"Neymar is very much the perfect storm: young, gifted and with an Olympics and a home World Cup on the horizon," editor David Cushnan said back in 2010. "He is already a superstar in Brazil, one of the world's most robust economies and a vast market to boot."
Sport newspaper is also reporting Jay has his sights set on signing a few other Brazilian-born athletes including PSG's Lucas Moura and Leandro Damiao who plays for Internacional.
Do you think the rumors are true? Do you think these players would consider signing to Jay's label?
Following success with "Milkshake" and a custody battle with ex-husband Nas, many fans might have thought singer Kelis was done for good. However, the crooner is once again back in the studio putting the finishing touches on her latest album, "FOOD."
It seems like Kelis is looking to continue with the culinary theme, as her first single, which recently dropped, is called "Jerk Ribs." According to Kelis' official Twitter, the singer hinted to fans that her lasted record is perfect for the laid back vibes of summer.
"I'm really excited, my album is done. It sounds like love and summer balled up into one!" she wrote to fans.
Kelis may be following the successful pattern of her hit "Milkshake," but she's branched out in terms of who she's working with and what label she's on. Billboard reports Kelis has been working on "FOOD" with Dave Sitek from the band TV on the Radio. Sitek also signed Kelis to his label, Federal Prism.
Are you excited to hear new music from Kelis? Do you think she'll gain as much popularity as she did with "Milkshake"?
Kelly Rowland has been in the spotlight as of late to promote her new album and other endeavors. "Talk a Good Game" is set to drop June 18, while she already has a watch line out with TW Steel. It seems her first passion, making music, will soon be her main focus. She recently announced she'll be heading on tour this year with R&B crooner The Dream, whose next album,"IV Play," is set to hit stores May 28.
According to BET, the Lights Out tour will be making 10 stops around the nation. The R&B duo will embark on their musical journey in Kansas City, Mo., and will continue to Maryland, Massachusetts, New York City, Mississippi, Louisiana, Ohio and Illinois.
The pairing seems like a match made in heaven, not only because both artists have new music coming out in early summer, but they've also worked together in the studio. Global Grind reports Rowland is actually featured on a track on Dream's late May album.
Are you excited about this tour? Are you looking forward to hearing both artists' new albums?
U.S. gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas should have been on cloud nine after her impressive win at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but her golden moment was overshadowed by controversy. The young gymnast was hit with critique over the way her hair looked while she was competing.
Douglas' mom, Natalie Hawkins, openly slammed the criticism in an interview with Fashionista website shortly after the controversy in late summer 2012, telling readers that haters had no right to come at Douglas for such a mundane thing.
"How ignorant is it of people to comment on her hair and she still has more competitions to go," Hawkins told the news outlet. "Are you TRYING to ruin her self confidence? She has to go out there and feel good about herself, and if she feels good about herself on that floor, who are YOU to criticize her?"
Despite Hawkins coming to her daughter's aid, Douglas has stayed quiet about the issue until now. The gold medalist recently opened up to Huffington Post Live about the incident. Douglas shared that she decided not to focus on the controversy because it would have ruined her huge accomplishment. Instead, she opted to enjoy the fact that she not only won the all-around gold medal, but also that she was the first African American woman to do so in the category.
Were you surprised people attacked Douglas for her hair? Do you think she handled it correctly?
Jay-Z makes everything he does look so easy that other rappers are beginning to think anything Jay can do, they can do better. Case in point: Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Dogg, recently announced he has interest in becoming a sports agent.
Snoop opened up about his future endeavors while discussing sports and his latest album, "Reincarnated," with The Boom Box. When asked how he felt about Jay opening up Roc Nation Sports, Snoop had nothing but love for his fellow MC, adding it makes sense to him that people from the music industry would mix well with the sports avenue.
"We're influential to athletes and we're very business-minded and savvy so what better way to do than our way?" Snoop told the publication.
According to BET, Snoop might not have had a stake in any professional sports team like Jay, but he does have plenty of experience coaching. The rapper and father of three launched the Snoop Youth Football League in 2005 in California and has since branched out to many other inner cities around the nation. The goal of the outlet is to use sports to "teach discipline, self-respect and the value of teamwork ..." according to the league's official website.
Do you think Snoop would be a good agent or do you think he should stick to coaching and making music?