Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri stopped by “106 & Park” on Friday to introduce their new artist Leah LaBelle. The Seattle songstress, who Pharrell discovered on YouTube, dished about her street chic look, sweet talking her way into an N*E*R*D show to meet The Neptunes hitmaker, and her 16 tattoos. She also dropped off the video for her debut single “Sexify.” “We wrote it based on Cosmopolitan cover titles, so it’s very girl-friendly, fun,” explained Leah. “The video’s a day in the life of a girl getting ready for a night out with your boy, your girls, or yourself.” Justin Bieber even made a surprise appearance, offering some advice to Leah. “Make sure to keep family and friends really close to you because at the end of the day, those are the people that are gonna keep you grounded,” he said.
By Jade Wright. Conor Maynard made his name online with captivating cover versions of Usher, Drake and the Kings Of Leon. Now counting 90 million combined YouTube views, nearly 300,000 Twitter followers and 400,000 Facebook likes, Conor was also the winner of MTV’s fan-voted Brand New for 2012. The 19-year-old followed that award with the announcement of another prestigious gong, the TAG Newcomer Award of 2012 at the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards.
So it’s no wonder that both Ne-Yo and Pharrell Williams showed interest in signing the Brighton teen and have worked with him on his stunning debut album, Contrast. N*E*R*D producer Pharrell had been following the young singer for a number of years. “When he first called, he was trying to sign me,” says Conor. “He’d been watching my progress on YouTube over the last few years and said that he really believed in me.” While Conor was already signed by the time he called, he requested the chance to work with the rising star and invited the teen to Miami for a week.
“I saw more famous people then than I have in my whole life,” he laughs. “Ludacris was in the studio, Tyler, The Creator, Lil’ Wayne…” Conor remembers of their session earlier this year: “It was an incredible time and I can’t believe I got to work with Pharrell on my first album. He said that he thinks I’m going to change the future of pop music. That was a big line from the Pharrell-meister.”
Make sure to support Rosco P Coldchain by buying his debut album ‘Almost Famous’ on iTunes now. Coldchain is releasing Almost Famous, comprised of songs recorded over the last decade with producer Fatin “10″ Horton, of 9th Wonder’s Soul Council collective.
Rosco P Coldchain – Almost Famous (2012)
Leah LaBelle has been in New York City at the Showcase to perform her Album Sampler for the first time that was hosted by Pharrell & JD, check out the pictures and the video below, and make sure to get Leah’s single ‘Sexify’ now on iTunes!
Leah LaBelle – Leah LaBelle (Album Sampler) (2012)
”Talk about a welcome home, Pusha T returns to Norfolk, VA and shuts down the Norva! Here, he runs through an arsenal of his heavy hitting records and delivers the FIRST live performance of Exodus 23:1 (which causes No Malice, Fam-Lay, Chad Hugo and more to rush the stage) in front of a sold out hometown crowd! Footage shot & edited by Barry “BPhresh” Bryant of BPhresh Films.” Thanks to jnhalstead.
According to Rico Love, The Neptunes did a tune for T.I. that features Cee-Lo on it. Rico Love has been interviewed by Rap-Up where he was talking about T.I.‘s new single that he produced, and he revealed afterwards that there will be a collaboration between Tip and Cee Lo Green, produced by The Neptunes. “T.I.’s about to come with that one-two punch,” he said. Trouble Man is due September 4, thanks to BlueSky2308.
T.I. – Trouble Man (2012) (September 4th)
Pusha T says he wasn’t impressed by Lil Wayne’s response record to his cut “Exodus 23:1.” Pusha T stopped by Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show earlier this evening to touch on several topics, confirming another Clipse album will be released and stating that he was surprised by Young Money’s camaraderie following the Summer Jam fiasco. But at the onset of the conversation, the Virginia native revealed that the G.O.O.D. Music compilation, Cruel Summer, will release on August 7th. “August 7th. G.O.O.D. Music compilation coming August 7th,” he confirmed. Pusha Ton also touched on Lil Wayne’s record “Goulish,” which served as a response to his alleged Drake diss on “Exodus 23:1.”
He explained why he was surprised that Weezy was the one to step in and respond to the cut. “I was surprised actually at the whole… anybody, but Wayne specifically, answering ‘Exodus.’ I’ve never seen one record that didn’t say any names cause so much of a firestorm,” he stated. He also denied that the record was about anyone in Young Money – “Why would that relate to Wayne or Drake?” he said” but was quick to brand “Goulish” as “trash.” “It was horrible. It was trash. It wasn’t good,” he said, stating that he also wasn’t feeling the beat. “I didn’t like that either. Let me say this. I didn’t like it for that type of record. I didn’t feel like, in all honesty, I haven’t said anything about it because I didn’t think it was good enough to respond to.”
Pusha T. X Flex Hot 97 Interview
Pusha T. – Exodus 23:1 (Official Video)
Lil’ Wayne – Ghoulish (Pusha T. Diss)
Like the iPhone 4S did for smart phones and the new iPad did for tablets, the new MacBook Pro with Retina display changes the way people will look at computers – literally. Plus, Jay Sean is obsessed with his crazy iPhone photo app, Juxtaposer.
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Chester French collaborated on the new album with no other than with Pharrell and Pusha T. on the tune ‘Next Big Thing’ which is produced by Chester French, check it out below, and make sure to cop that album on Amazon. Music 4 Tngrs is in stores now!
Chester French – Next Big Thing feat. Pharrell & Pusha T. (12′)
Robin Thicke has been making his brand of cool soul music for over a decade, working with the likes of Brandy, Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Lil’ Wayne as well as releasing his own critically acclaimed albums — his most recent is 2011’s Love After War. But there is indeed a segment of Middle America that only knows the 34-year-old singer-songwriter-producer from his current side gig as a vocal coach on ABC’s new singing competition “Duets.” Thicke often gets stopped on the street by fans of the show, which also features the talents of John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Nettles.
“I get it all,” laughs Thicke, who mentors and sings with his own team of contestants on “Duets.” “The beautiful thing about… a show like this, [it] makes people go out and find one song they like or find that one album of mine that they will like. As long as the word gets spread and they see all of the hard work and love that I put into my music, the point of a show like this is to be heard and for my music to be shared.” But when it comes to the singer’s recording career, however, it’s all about one message. “My music is about trying to find love, keep love or spread love,” Thicke says of his mantra. The R&B crooner spoke with The BoomBox about competing with his wife and actress Paula Patton, his work on reality TV, leaving his “reckless” lifestyle behind and playing good cop-bad cop when it comes to his kid.
TheBoomBox: Talk about your experience so far as a mentor on the ABC singing competition “Duets.” How has it been working with the up-and-coming talent on the show?
Robin Thicke: It’s been great, especially the mentoring part. I’ve been making music since I was 14. I’ve written and produced a lot of different artists that it starts being natural for me to mentor people as a producer. You have to try to pull a great vocal out of these artists. So we’ve been doing this a long time. It’s about sharing whatever knowledge I have and hoping it works.
TBB: How competitive does it get with other artists like John Legend and Kelly Clarkson on the show?
RT: I’m not really in it to win anything. It’s all about performing and having a good time. I enjoy picking out songs that I would like to hear. I may not like all the other songs that the other artists pick and they may not like my songs I want to hear. But that’s the beauty of art. Everybody likes different stuff.
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