Marshall Mathers joins previously announced headliners Muse and Kasabian for R&L 2017.
Eminem has been added to the bill for the Reading & Leeds Festivals in 2017, completing the headliners alongside previously announced stars Muse and Kasabian.
It will be the third time the megastar rapper has headlined the festivals, having last performed in 2013 and 2001, and will undoubtedly fuel recent speculation that Em is prepping a ninth studio album for later in 2017.
The festival’s organiser, Melvin Benn, said that he was “beyond excited” to welcome Slim Shady back to the twin festivals for a third time. “His 2013 headline performance was incredible and I can’t wait to have him back.”
Continue reading: Eminem Revealed As The Third Reading & Leeds Festival 2017 Headliner
That parrot can really sing.
Parrots really are amazing creatures that, apparently, can be trained to mimic almost anything. As proof of that, a video has gone viral featuring someone's pet parrot singing along to Eminem and Rihanna's 2013 hit single 'The Monster' - and it's absolutely flawless.
Rihanna inspires parrot to sing
The adorable green avian was filmed singing Rihanna's part in 'The Monster', and somebody (it is not clear whether or not it is the bird's owner) slid the clip into the original music video alongside Eminem's rap. The parrot got the famous RiRi warble on point, sometimes sounding scarily like the Barbadian beauty.
Continue reading: Parrot Nails Rihanna Vocals In 'The Monster' Video Mash-Up
He'll be releasing a new album in due course.
Eminem has returned with a brand new single entitled 'Campaign Speech', in which he disses 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump mercilessly. Released yesterday (October 19th 2016), it's part of his forthcoming album release, details of which are yet to be announced.
Eminem is coming back with a new album
Slim Shady's new track has a freestyle quality to it, and almost feels like a stream of consciousness, never focusing on one subject at a time. What he does talk a lot about though, through all the satisfying puns and creative metaphors, is Donald Trump.
Continue reading: Eminem Launches Attack On Donald Trump In New Single 'Campaign Speech'
Reports of a Drake v Eminem beef are not true, says Hot 97 DJ Ebro Darden.
Ever keen to get their hands on a controversial story, media outlets leapt upon the possibility of another Drake beef, particularly after last summer’s sensational rumble with Meek Mill. However, it appears that the radio host’s re-telling of a recent conversation he had had with Drake was simply taken the wrong way by listeners.
Continue reading: Drake And Eminem Are NOT Feuding - Sorry Guys
Taylor Swift sold over a million in her first week with 1989, but who's next in line?
It's pretty hard to believe what Taylor Swift has accomplished in just a short number of years. With her new album, 1989, it makes it her third record in a row that has sold over a million copies in its debut week (1.287 million, to be exact). Not to mention, it's also the only record of 2014 to surpass a million copies in the entire year. What she's doing is nearly unprecedented, but it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.
Taylor Swift won't be the last to sell a million in her debut week.
Those sales aren't slowing down, either. 1989's second week numbers reached a mark of 400,000 - a figure that would still be the highest debut of the year if it wasn't for her previous million already. You can come up with a million (or 1.287 million) reasons why this album has become so successful already, but one of the things that has to be realized is that 1989 isn't single handedly saving industry. If you look at the projected number two spot on the Billboard chart this week, it's the Now 52 compilation, which is only planning on selling a mediocre 60,000-70,000 copies.
Continue reading: After Taylor Swift, Who Is Next To Sell A Million In A Week?
The legendary rapper cited the NFL's recent domestic abuse scandal involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, while threatening to punch Del Rey in the face.
Eminem's music may have become less offensive in recent years, but the 41 year-old rapper recently caused controversy due to a freestyle rap he recorded to promote his forthcoming compilation album 'Shady XV.'
Eminem threatened to punch Lana Del Rey in the face in a recent freestyle rap
Throughout his storied career, Em has targeted many high-profile celebrities in his lyrics, including Sarah Palin, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera, and now he takes aim on Lana Del Rey in a very derogatory rap.
It has been a triumphant week for the rap and metal tribes whilst the Met Gala and the American Comedy Awards gave us lots of fashion to ogle.
Met Gala: This year's Met Gala was even more extravagant than ever before as the biggest names in showbiz arrived in New York clad in "decorations" and finery. Anna Wintour's bash served up some true style winners, particularly the couples (Hello there Beckhams) as well as some shockingly badly dressed individuals (Looking at you, Rita Ora). Read our pictures round-up of the stand-out moments in fashion. And find out why Kendall Jenner's glamorous attire may have just won her a coveted new role.
Glasto Metal!: Metallica have been announced as the final headliner for this year's Glastonbury Festival. Read all about the announcement and reactions. Slicing through the synth pop and folk ubiquity, James Hetfield and his band of rockers will be bringing a hit-packed show to Worthy Farm and will be joining Arcade Fire and Kasabian at the June event. Get up to date on their back catalogue here.
The rapper will appear at "the venue of legends" instead of the park.
Eminem has been announced as the first rapper ever to solo host a concert at London's Wembley Arena. Not only will the show be the hip hop star's first in the English capitol in 13 years, it will be a unique one-off and therefore tickets are likely to be highly sought after.
Eminem Has Announced A Concert At Wembley Stadium On The 11th July.
The 'Just Lose It' singer is more accustomed to headlining UK festivals these days but has decided to grace London with his presence for one night on Friday 11th July. He explained that the show came about as a result of him being unable to play outdoors in London this summer.
Continue reading: Eminem To Headline Wembley Stadium, But Why Didn't Hyde Park Want Him?
The music superstars will share the stage at MTV's annual award show and perform 'The Monster' live for the first time.
Eminem and Rihanna are becoming quite the formidable duo and fans will finally get a chance to see the pair perform their latest hit track 'The Monster' live at this year's MTV Movie Awards.
'The Monster' was featured on Eminem's 'Marshall Mathers LP 2'
'The Monster' had a four-week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 once it was release back in October of last year (2013), and MTV announced that the music superstars will hit the stage together at this Sunday's annual award ceremony, on Tuesday (April 8th).
The prominent rapper-turned-media mogul is recovering in hospital
In an alarming turn of events, rapper and Hip Hop Weekly CEO Benzino – real name Raymond Scott is suffering a gunshot wound after his nephew fired a gun at him during Scott’s mother’s funeral procession, which was traveling on Route 3 south of Boston. Officials say there had been growing tension between the two.
Benzino and Ray J back in 2011
36-year-old Gai Scott – who was was arrested and charged with assault and intent to murder - pulled alongside and fired several shots into a red SUV driven by Benzino, the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday (April 7) in the Plymouth District Court.
Continue reading: Rapper Benzino Shot By His Own Nephew, At His Own Mother's Funeral
Daft Punk and Kendrick Lamar also lead in the top honours, in a year dominated by hip-hop artists
The nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards have been announced and after a year when hip-hop comebacks and newcomers have dominated the music scene, it is rap that leads the way in the Grammy nominations for next year. Jay-Z leads the nominations with nine nods in total, followed closely by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar, both of which have seven nominations each.
Jay-Z and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are among the most celebrated artists this year
It isn't just hip-hop being honoured at the awards show, as the two most coveted categories: Record of the Year and Album of the Year, only have two rap representatives in them (three if you count T.I.'s verse on 'Blurred Lines,' which is up for Record of the Year), with Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick and The Heist by Macklemore both up for Album of the Year. Daft Punk are up for both categories, with 'Get Lucky' and their album Random Access Memories earning recognition from the Grammy committee. The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles and Red by Taylor Swift make up the rest of the album list and 'Blurred Lines,' 'Locked Out of Heaven' by Bruno Mars, 'Royals' by Lorde and 'Radioactive' by Imagine Dragons completing the Record of the Year category.
It's been a mixed bag for new this week, with a mixture of happy, sad and downright disgraceful news coming out of the never-dull world of entertainment.
Ian Watkins Trial: It's a shame we have to start with this one but little else has seen the headlines all week. The disgraced former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, 36, describing himself as a "determined and committed paedophile" in the ongoing court case, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted rape and 12 other offences including sexual assault and taking, making and distributing indecent images of children.
What's more, innocent parties including Alexa Chung, Fearne Cotton and Ian "H" Watkins from Steps have been dragged into the reporting. Peaches Geldof has received stern criticism after she shared the names of the women who let Watkins abuse their children.
Continue reading: A Week In News: Ian Watkins Trial, AMAs Triumph And A Beloved Pet Dies
The 41-year-old rapper is back at the summit of the Billboard album chart.
As we enter the final month of 2013, Eminem dominates the album charts by quite a distance, beating out competition from Lady GaGa’s Artpop, which endured a dramatic fall to No. 8 with just 46,000 copies sold, to Slim Shady’s 120,000. That 82% decline was the biggest for a No. 1 debut this year.
Eminem has success in his signs once more
It marks a brilliant comeback for Eminem, whose last album Recovery was strong in sales but didn’t enamour the critics and was largely forgettable.
Continue reading: Eminem's Turning 2013 Into HIS Year As He Regains Album Top Spot
Check out the 80s throwback video for Eminem's 'Rap God', below.
He’s sold over a million copies, is destined to stay in the Top 10 throughout the festival holiday, and now he has a new video for his controversial, multi-referential single Rap God, which you can watch below.
Eminem thinks he's a rap god
Eminem makes several pointers to his rapping style being robotic in the song – something he presumably takes as a compliment – and this is evident in his video.
Continue reading: Eminem Channels Max Headroom In New Video For 'Rap God' [Video]
Eminem takes over Lady Gaga for the No.1 position on the Billboard 200 album chart with 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' in its third week of release.
The 41 year-old knocked off Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' after she debuted at No.1 last week.
Em's latest album sold 120,000 copies in its third week of release (down 43%), according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
Kim Mathers mother claims her daughter and Eminem will be reuniting for a third time because "they got on better than ever."
Eminem and his ex-wife Kim Mathers have had a very turbulent relationship over the years.
There are now rumours surfacing that imply the two could be reconciling for a third time.
Kim's mother, Kathy Sluck, spoke to RadarOnline.com earlier this week (Nov 20th) outside of her Detroit home which she shares with her daughter, she revealed Em and Kim see each other "all the time".
Continue reading: Are Eminem And Kim Mathers Are On The Verge Of Getting Back Together?
The Dutch DJ scored his first No. 1 at the first time of asking
Lily Allen couldn't secure her place at the top of the UK Singles Chart this week, as her cover of Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know' was pipped to the podium by a school kid from The Netherlands. Garrix managed to secure the top spot ahead of Allen with his dancefloor anthem 'Animals,' beating Allen's holiday number to the top of the chart.
Allen's cover, which serves as the soundtrack for the much-applauded John Lewis Christmas advert, was unable to earn the singer her first number one since returning to music a few weeks ago. Still, the success of the single and the advert have gone on to spark renewed interest in the Keane original, which has returned to the chart at No. 29.
Garrix could have had the honour of being the youngest artist to reach No. 1 this year were it not for the infectious 'Royals' by 16-year-old Lorde reaching the top spot three week ago. Regardless, reaching the No. 1 spot overseas must be a pretty extraordinary feeling, especially when you're just 17! Speaking to OfficialCharts.com, the Dutch wunderkind said, “I didn't expect this success at all! I made Animals as a club record and seeing it chart so high worldwide and especially a Number 1 in the UK was really beyond my expectations. I will definitely celebrate this with my parents, friends and at school!"
Continue reading: Lily Allen Pipped To The No. 1 Spot By Martin Garrix' Debut
In a jam-packed week in showbiz news, Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' was finally released, Eminem's MMLP2 became one of the year's biggest debuts and two former rival boybands united.
'ARTPOP' Drops: Lady GaGa released her fourth studio album, ARTPOP, on the 11th November after a rollercoaster few months ensuring her new record would hit the charts running. However, middling reviews and an anti-climactic release after months of leaked songs, incentives to buy and mini monster melt-downs means Mother Monster's new work may have misfired. But the elusive Gaga showed that through it all she had a sense of humour when she parodied her infamous meat dress on SNL. See how here.
Miley Cyrus' MTV EMAs Joint: Pop star Miley Cyrus continued her whirlwind of controversy during this week's MTV Europe Music Awards, held in Amsterdam. Miley performed her Bangerz hits 'We Can't Stop' and 'Wrecking Ball' in her characteristically skimpy outfits. See photos here. But it was when she puffed on a very suspicious roll-up during her 'Best Video' acceptance that made the internet buzz. Find out more here.
Thirteen years is a long time in the music industry; it's a long time in general, but in music it is a long time indeed. Yet, that is just how long it's been since Eminem brought out the first 'Marshall Mathers LP' and after this lengthy wait, the Detroit rapper has brought out the 'sequel' to his much-celebrated sophomore release. His latest album isn't so much a reflection on these past thirteen years as it is a return to the Marshall Mathers of thirteen years ago and on 'MMLP2', Eminem revisits his personas of old: Slim Shady and the angry young white man who is still struggling with his relationships and his demons.
For long-time Eminem fans, ones who may have given up on him after 'Encore' or maybe held on until 'Relapse', 'MMLP2' offers hope of a classic Eminem album, but there is a necessary reluctance to accept it immediately as a return to glory. Whilst caution is advised, some of the cynics may actually be pleasantly surprised.
"Here's a sequel to the 'Marshall Mather LP' just to get people to buy", he remarks on album opener and 'Stan' sequel 'Bad Guy.' He's always been one of the sharpest rappers out there and here, said from the perspective of the grieving brother of the 'Stan' protagonist, Em lets us know that he's well aware of the fact that most people are expecting 'Recovery 2', rather than a 'Marshall Mathers LP' sequel. 'Bad Guy' is our first real surprise then, with Em's storytelling back at its peak, drifting menacingly over the S1/M-Phazes beat. Towards the end of the album, on 'Headlights', his storytelling is again on top form as he reminisces through a troubled forty-plus years as his mother's son. Sure, it's another track aimed at his mother, but Em's lyrics are heartfelt and the song genuinely feels like an attempt at reconciliation. Nate Ruess of fun. fame sometimes distracts away from the delicacy if the song, but his sung parts are a needed break from the wholehearted openness of Em's lyrics.
Continue reading: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Album Review
In other news in retro world, JT's and Britney Spears' relationship is on the rocks!
Eminem’s (Slim Shady’s) Marshall Mathers LP 2 has enjoyed huge sales, rocketing it into the top two of the 2013 first-week best sellers list, but Justin Timberlake remains ahead of him with his own comeback record: The 20/20 Experience.
Eminem's 8th album has performed well
You could be sitting on a beanchair, flicking through Smash Hits under the light of a lava lamp with this news entering your conciseness, but worry not: it’s 2013, inequality is even more pronounced, world debt is higher, and, yes, JT and Slim are still selling records.
Continue reading: Blast From The Past: Eminem Sales Are Huge, But Timberlake Is Still Top
Eminem jokes that it took him 3 years to complete 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' because he was too "lazy".
Eminem's newest studio album 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' has just had its much anticipated release.
But why did it take three years to make?
Em recently visited a French radio station to promote the new studio set and he explained the long period of time between the release of 'LP 2' and 2010's 'Recovery'.
Continue reading: Eminem Admits He Was Too "Lazy" To Finish 'Marshall Mathers LP 2'
The rapper's comeback album loses out only to Justin Timberlake.
Eminem's eagerly awaited album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, is one of the highest ranking albums of the year when it comes to debut sales. Since its release last week, the rapper's new album has been catapulted straight to number one in the charts, reports Billboard.
Eminem Has Righteously Fought Back His 'Rap God' Crown.
Released on the 5th November, MMLP2 has seen sizeable sales of 792,000 copies, exceeding speculative forecasts, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Eminem's impressive return has still fallen shy of Justin Timberlake's March effort, The 20/20 Experience Part 1 with its astonishing 968,000 sales. However, Eminem knocked previous second place holder Drake and his Nothing Was The Same from its lofty perch of 658,000 sales.
There was also Ron Burgundy, huge wins for Eminem and Katy Perry and a wardrobe malfunction from Iggy Azalia
Miley Cyrus was always going to star in the Monday morning gossip headlines when she was first announced as a performer at the 2013 MTV EMAs. The question was: what will she do? Besides 'twerking' with a dwarf during the award show's opening act - which included a rendition of her hit 'We Can't Stop' - there really wasn't that much to write home about regarding her performances. It was what she did to celebrate winning the Best Video award that won her the headlines.
Each of Miley's outfits were as interesting as the one she showed up to the event in
Miley smokes up
Continue reading: Miley Cyrus Smoking On Stage Steals The MTV EMA Awards Spotlight
Eminem's childhood home, which features on the frontcover of 'Marshall Mathers LP 2', was badly burnt after it caught fire.
Eminem's Detroit childhood home was badly burnt on Thursday evening (Nov 7th).
The boarded up home, which featured on the front cover of 'Marshall Mathers LP', was badly damaged in the blaze, mainly on the second floor.
The Detroit Free Press reports, Fire fighter's responded to the 2-story bungalow located 19000 block of Dresden Street near East State Fair, just south of 8 Mile at 6:20pm, this past Thursday.
Continue reading: Eminem's Childhood Home Was Badly Damaged By Blaze
The house is the same one on the front of his new album, The Marshall Matthers LP 2
Eminem's childhood home has been badly damaged by fire, with police and fire services baffled as to how the blaze could have begun. It is the same house that appears on the cover of the Detroit rapper's new album, The Marshall Matthers LP 2, and was his one of his homes in Detroit during his teenage years.
Eminem would have lived at the house during his teen years
Officials told TMZ that the blaze ran through much of the house and is believed to have started at around 6:20 pm on Thursday (7 Nov.) evening. Firemen were able to extinguish the flames in time to save the house from completely setting on fire, but conceded that a large portion of the house has suffered severe damage. The house, located near the infamous 8 Mile district in Detroit, is a 767 square foot, 2-story property currently owned by the bank. Officials are at a loss as to how the fire began.
Continue reading: Eminem's Childhood Home Suffers Serious Damage In Fire
In a recent interview, the 'X Factor' winner talked about how he plans to keep it real in the face of fame and how he wants to duet with Eminem
James Arthur walked away from the 2012 X Factor final as victor almost a year ago and as he looks forward to the future of his career, including the release of his debut, self-titled album, the singer has been contemplating the pressures of fame and how they may affect him. Speaking with the BBC, the singer insisted that he plans to stay 'authentic' and not bow to the pressures facing him.
The cover of James Arthur
After finding immediate fame with that most authentic of routes, through the talent show circuit, and then scoring his first number one single with a cover of Shontelle's 'Impossible,' James is determined to make a name for himself and not become another throwaway TV contestant. He spoke recently about how he has made an album that doesn't necessarily fit in with the typical X Factor mould, one that he is "proud" of and one that he has held a heavy presence over in all aspects.
Continue reading: James Arthur Vows To "Stay Authentic" As He Looks Towards The Future
The rapper has been handed much criticism for his controversial lyrics, particularly on the track 'Rap God'
Eminem released his long-awaited 8th studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, earlier this week, creating a storm of controversy akin to the negative publicity he was handed following the release of his first two albums more than a decade ago. The bulk of this controversy comes from his choice of language, as he continues to dust his lyrics with toxic, homophobic sytax, prompting an outcry from many.
Think of this episode of South Park when Em says 'fag'
Despite re-shaping his image as a more family-friendly (well, as family friendly as Eminem could ever be) performer since 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP, going on to publicly support same sex marriage, befriending homosexuals, including Elton John and telling interviewers that he doesn't have a problem with gay people, Em has had to jump on the defensive once again. This is because, despite all the attempts to wash himself of this homophobia stigma, the Detroit rapper's lyrics are still regularly littered with rants that could easily been construed as being homophobic, in particular the album track 'Rap God.'
The rapper's rep has denied any lip synching.
Lip synching: it's a shameful option for any artist to have to fall back on but sometimes miming to music has to be done to keep that "live" performance sounding tight. However, rapper Eminem is one of the last artists you'd imagine opting for the lip synch over real vocals. If not for the stigma, then for the fact that his latest album, Marshall Mathers LP 2, is packed with speed rapping; the kind you'd imagine would be nearly impossible to mime along to. Check out the video of his performance on SNL - notice anything?
Eminem's 'SNL' Lip Synching Denied.
The rapper played a set on Saturday Night Live last Saturday (2nd November) to promote his latest record. He took to the stage for a rendition of his lead single 'Berzerk' but even not so eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed something a little off about his performance. TMZ have accused the rapper of lip synching and indeed it does appear that the SNL footage does corroborate with this claim.
Continue reading: Did Eminem Really Mime 'Berzerk' On SNL? [Video]
Rihanna and Eminem stormed the UK singles chart this week.
Rihanna has become one of only three acts to score a UK number one single over seven consecutive years. The Barbadian singer joined Elvis Presley and The Beatles on the illustrious list after 'The Monster' - Eminem's new single featuring Rihanna on vocals - stormed to the top of the chart.
Rihanna Performing At The Singapore Formula 1 Concert
The single marks the eighth time that both singers have had UK number one and comes three years after their first collaboration - 'Love the Way You Lie' - became one of the UK's biggest selling singles of all time with more than 1.15 million copies sold.
Everyone just go insane, the YouTube Awards are for crazy people! Shut up.
Wacky was the word when the YouTube Awards made its debut last night at New York City’s Pier 36; we had award winner’s being announced via the medium of cake, a choose-your-own-ending performance from Avicii and Macklemore holding a baby.
YouTube's Artist of The Year, Eminem, performs at Pier 36, NY.
Various media outlets have described the awards as chaotic and messy, and most totally fell for the hype. The show’s creative director Spike Jonze was prepared by being unprepared – armed only with a bullet point list, voted on by YouTube users.
Continue reading: Forced Fun - Were The 'YouTube Awards' Just A Bit Pathetic?
The first ever YouTube Music Awards let the viewers watching the showcase live decide which acts won on the night.
The first ever YouTube Music Awards took place at Pier 36 in New York on Sunday (November 3rd 2013). The spectacle as directed by Spike Jonze and featured actor, Jason Schwartzman, as the award show's host alongside comedian Reggie Watts.
Eminem performed 'Rap God' at the award show
The live-streaming ceremony only handed out six awards but it boasted performances from some of the most celebrated artists in the music industry today. Eminem, Lady GaGa, Taylor Swift Arcade Fire, M.I.A. and Avicii all performed at the New York pier.
The rapper didn't take part in any sketches, but he did take over the stage in his own special way.
Eminem graced the SNL stage for the sixth time in his career last night, performing his latest single Berzerk, which really got the audience going. He was backed by longtime collaborator Rick Rubin, who took on the job of DJ, providing the sample of Billy Squier's "The Stroke" on his turntables. Eminem emerged soon after, on top form, spitting out a slew of verbal middle fingers, mercifully without censoring himself for the Studio 8H audience.
Even on his eighth studio album, Eminem is still clearly in top shape.
He displayed some unusual energy throughout the performance, dashing from side to side to the rock-ish beat and occasionally engaging the audience in a little call-and-response (because a performance is nothing without a nice bit of audience participation, right?)
Continue reading: Eminem Delivers Powerhouse Performance As Musical Guest On SNL
On Sunday, 3 November, the internet's brightest viral music videos will be celebrated for the first time
The YouTube Music Awards will celebrate the achievements made online by both well-known and some more obscure (outside the world of viral videos) musicians for the first time this Sunday (3 Oct.) and the organisers have pulled out all the stops to make sure that the awards show starts with a bang. In fact, the awards show will be so extravagant that the man in charge of bringing it to life - Spike Jonze - doesn't even know what to expect.
Spike Jonze (L) and Jason Schwartzman (R) are in control of the night in their respective roles
Jonze, the director of countless award-winning music videos such as Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' and 'Sabotage' by The Beastie Boys, has been brought in as creative director of the event, tasked with making the awards show one to remember and one to challenge the established musical showcases, such as the MTV VMAs. Alongside fellow music video veteran Chris Milk and executive producers Vice Media and Sunset Lane Entertainment, Jonze isn't planning on making a showcase that can be easily compared to the VMAs or the Billboard Awards, for example, as they are going for a completely unique take on the tried and tested music awards ceremony.
The rapper's eighth album is available in full on iTunes now and will be released on 5 November
Eminem has been regularly off loading tracks from his upcoming eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, for the past few weeks now, gradually releasing new singles from the album as soon as the hype from the last has died down. With the official release date of his album fast approaching, Em joined a number of other artists who have made their material available for free ahead of the official release date through iTunes.
Eminem is still an angry man
The album goes on sale officially on 5 November and as the title suggests, it is a hark back to his most acclaimed album to date, and is a release that the Detroit hero described himself as being more "revisitation" to his 2000 album than a direct sequel. This means references to past tracks, such as album opener 'Bad Guy' - a follow-up to the hit single 'Stan.' On 'Bad Guy,' Em returns to the 'Stan' character, rapping as his brother as he sets out to avenge his suicide and kill the rapper as retribution. So yeah, he's also regained that trademark dark streak back as well. Which is nice.
Kerry Washington is hosting SNL. Imagine the possibilities!
Kerry Washington has been killing it lately – the newly pregnant star is doing great both in her personal and her professional life, with an upcoming SNL hosting gig to look forward to. In the promos, Washington and Taran Killam riff off each other on topics like Scandal, Eminem’s special performing style (the rapper will be the musical guest during the episode) and of course, that ever touchy subject – Washington’s body.
Washington looked glamorous as ever, promoting her SNL episode.
To be fair, the actress isn’t showing any sort of baby bump and looks killer in a purple ensemble (and matching lipstick.) Killam on the other hand, has opted for the traditional uniform – patterned shirt and neutral cardigan. But enough about the clothes, let’s talk about the controversy.
Continue reading: Glowing Kerry Washington Promotes Her Very First SNL Hosting Gig
Eminem drops the Rihanna-assisted track, 'The Monster', a week ahead of the 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' release.
Eminem is gearing up for the release of his much anticipated 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' in a week's time.
The rap legend has already dropped the ferocious 'Survival', the reversion hit 'Berzerk' and the highly controversial and equally incredible 'Rap God'.
Now Slim Shady has reunited with his 'Love The Way You Lie' partner, Rihanna, and released the albums newest single, 'The Monster'.
Continue reading: Eminem Drops New 'The Monster' Track Featuring Rihanna [LISTEN]
The two hook up for the umpteenth time on Em's latest single, taken from 'MMLP2'
Eminem has hooked up with Rihanna once again for a new track taken from the upcoming Marshal Mathers LP 2. Hoping to emulate the massive success of 2010's 'Love the Way You Lie,' the two have recorded 'The Monster' together, and on Monday, 28 October, Em took to his Instagram account to reveal the artwork for the single and announce that it will be available to download through iTunes at midnight.
Em will release MMLP2 on Nov. 5
'Love the Way You Lie' is Eminem's most successful single to date, reaching the number one spot in several countries across the globe and hanging on to the top spot in the US for seven weeks. No wonder Em wanted to hook up with the Bajan beauty once again, as he will hope that the fourth single from the impending MMLP2 will recapture this considerable success and could hopefully increase the sales of his upcoming eighth album.
Continue reading: Eminem & Rihanna Get Together Again On 'The Monster' [Listen]
Eminem calls his upcoming 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' a "revisitation" whilst he is blasted by the gay community.
Eminem's upcoming album 'Marshall Mather LP 2' is readying for its release this November and the Detroit rapper has already found success as well as criticism with the album's hit singles.
The latest single 'Rap God' was dropped on October 15th to positive reviews as it displayed Em's rhyming ability and rapid deliverance, proving why he deserves that title.
However, where Eminem goes usually controversy follows and this track isn't an exception. The lyrical content of 'Rap God' has attracted a backlash from the gay community and other gay high profile figures.
Is Eminem the fastest rapper alive? Well, no. But please read my article anyway.
Eminem probably isn’t a rap god, but he’s certainly part of the elite. Like his virulent, insightful lyrics – delivered with conviction, alacrity and more importantly, speed - or not, there’s a reason he’s one of the best selling rappers alive.
His new single, Rap God, is more-or-less six minutes of continuous rapping. And there are two sections where the gears shift up and the Detroit rapper’s top speed peaks.
Continue reading: Eminem Raps Really, Really Fast In 'Rap God' - Faster Than WatskyHD?
Eminem explains why he is one of the best ever in his the newly released track 'Rap God'.
Eminem delivers his new track 'Rap God' (Oct 15th) at rapid speed and explains why he is the best rapper of all time.The new single is off his upcoming album 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' and follows the earlier releases of 'Burzerk' and 'Survival'.
Slim Shady claim to be a 'Rap God' in new track
Modesty tends to allude recording artists lately as Kanye West claimed to be the "No.1 rock star in the world" but Eminem goes a step further, calling himself a God.
Continue reading: Eminem Drops The Ferocious 'Rap God' Showing Why He Is The Best!
Why should he be humble? Marshall Mathers returns...
Eminem has dropped the latest track from his upcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which will be out in November. 'Rap God' follows earlier singles 'Berzerk' and 'Survival.' The new six-minute track picks up the fury and pace, name-checking peers over a window-wiper synth. Slim Shady raps at break-neck double time pace, taking no prisoners.
Eminem Releases New Song, 'Rap God.'
The new album's name harks back to Eminem's 2000 classic record, The Marshall Mathers LP, and the artwork certainly recalls that of Eminem's earlier life, featuring an image of his Detroit childhood home.
Put this in your pipe and smoke it Kanye
With his album release on the horizon and a new single and video being released only days ago, you'd have though that Eminem would be taking things easier as he builds up anticipation for The Marshal Mathers LP 2. Instead the Detroit rapper is dishing out the new singles like hot cakes, with his third track from MMLP2 being made available to stream late on Monday (14 Oct.) night, thanks initially to hip hop blog HipHopnMore.com.
Eminem has illusions of grandeur too
Having already released 'Survival' earlier this month, and 'Berzerk' in August, 'Rap God' is a much more declarative single than his first two. Mentioning no names, the rapper pushes to reclaim his title as the top dog in hip hop, not a king in the genre but a God. Kind of a familiar declaration amongst some present rappers isn't it?
Continue reading: Eminem Asserts His Credentials As A 'Rap God' With New Single [Listen]
The new tracklist announces some surprising collaborations.
Tis the season for album promotion and Eminem is the latest to join the hype team. The rapper teased his upcoming “Marshall Mathers LP 2” be releasing the much anticipated (hey, someone must have anticipated it) tracklist. More importantly, Shady revealed collaborations aplenty. It looks like the Lose Yourself rapper’s policy on collaborating with mainstream artists has become more lax of late. Rihanna, Nate Rues, singer-songwriter Skylar Grey and that oh-so-popular of late hip hop prodigy Kendrick Lamar all show up on the tracklist, released via Mathers’ official website. For those raising an eyebrow in question, Nate Rues might be more familiar as the lead singer of the band Fun.
Is this the new and improved Eminem?
At this point Eminem is hitting the promotional trail hard, as the first single off the album shows an almost tangible evolution in style. And as with all new things, this new, uber-serious vibe might take some warming up to, especially for those older hardcore fans of Slim Shady. The rapper recently released the video for Surival, the first single off the album and it shows a very different Eminem to the one we’ve seen so far.
The sequel to the Detroit MC's 2000 magnus opus will be released on 5 November
Eminem released the full details of his 16-track line-up for his upcoming album, The Marshal Mathers LP 2. The follow-up to 2010's chart-topping Recovery will be released next month, and in a bid to produce further excitement, the Detroit-native released the full tracklisting, including guest spots, on Tursday, 10 October (via Billboard).
Em will release MMLP2 on 5 November
MMLP2 will feature a host of special appearances from the likes of rap's latest wunderkind Kendrick Lamar, Skylar Grey, Fun. frontman Nate Ruess and Bajan beauty Rihanna, who Em also worked with on his last album for the mega-hit 'Love The Way You Lie.' On top of these guest artists, we already know that long-time collaborator Dr Dre has at least one production credit on the album along with the legend that is Rick Rubin, with the pair also serving as executive producers. DJ Khalil, Scoop DeVille, Symoblyc One, No I.D. and Eminem himself have also contributed beats to the album.
Continue reading: Eminem Reveals The Tracklist For 'The Marshal Mathers LP 2'
Eminem's 'Survival' doubles as a promotional took for Activision's 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'
Two months after dropping his latest single Survival, Eminem has released the accompanying video.The rapper's theme song for Call of Duty: Ghosts comes equipped with a promo that acts as one massive commercial for the forthcoming game, set for release on PS4 and Xbox on November 15, 2013 and November 22, 2013 respectively.
Daddy's little girl wins Homecoming Queen!
Eminem's daughter, Halie Scott, was crowned Homecoming Queen at her high school by the faculty and student body.
The ceremony took place at Chippewa Valley High School in Michigan and the 17 year-olds rap superstar father attended the whole event.
According to local newspaper Morcomb Daily, Hailie was joined by Homecoming King Tyler Knepp as "the Big Reds defeated Anchor Bay High School at Chippewa Valley's stadium in Clinton Township".
Continue reading: Eminem's Daughter Crowned Homecoming Queen And Dad Was There To See It
YouTube announces its first ever awards, we speculate on what the categories will be.
Online video hosting site YouTube have announced plans for their first ever awards, celebrating the people and videos that make the site so popular and dominant in today's web world. Both categories and nominees are yet to be announced, with the promise of a nominee shortlist by the 17th October. Lady GaGa, Arcade Fire and Eminem have all been booked to perform at the November 3rd ceremony.
Lady Gaga Will Perform Live At The Awards Show.
YouTube will emphasise the global nature and worldwide reach of its videos by interspersing high-profile music performances with clips taped in locations across the globe. "Our point is to celebrate YouTube's role in the music ecosystem," says Danielle Tiedt, the YouTube vice president of marketing. "If you think about how most of us encounter music, it's usually on YouTube, whether it's stars like Miley Cyrus and her VMA performance or her new Wrecking Ball video, or musicians like Lindsey [Stirling, violinist], who broke thanks to our site."
Continue reading: The Inaugural YouTube Awards: What Could The Voting Categories Be?
YouTube has snagged Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire as its headliners for it first ever music award ceremony.
Lady Gaga, as conventional as usual, will be headlining the YouTube award show.
The show is set to take place on 3 November and the internet site is not penny-pinching when it comes to the acts, organisers or location. Quite the contrary, in addition to having a trio of heavy weight performers, the ceremony will be held at Pier 36 in New York and designed by a team led by Spike Jonze. Jonze is responsible for directing films such as Being John Malkovich and Where the Wild Things Are as well as countless award-winning music videos for such artists as REM, Bjork and the Chemical Brothers. On the subject of the awards show, Jonze said he is excited to be involved and continued by saying, "I want to find out if we can make a whole night just about making things." He continued by proposing not merely performances but "live collaborations."
Continue reading: YouTube Snags Stars For First Music Awards Ceremony
Eminem's ESPN interview is worth watching for the blank stare.
Viewers of ESPN's Michigan-Notre Dame halftime show got plenty more than the usual punditry and analysis this past weekend. Detroit native Eminem dropped into the studio to give a sneak preview of his new music video for Berzerk, though things got.err...pretty weird.
Kicking off the interview with one of the strangest, eeriest blankest stares ever, Eminem eventually blurted out, "sorry, live TV freaks me out a little bit," as anchors Kerk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger pressed on. There's a really great bit when Eminem looks at Herbstreit, and apologizes, and Herbstreit just sort of goes, "Nahhh" and laughs a little and has no idea what to say.
Attention turned to Eminem's new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, "What are you most excited about with this new album?," Herbstreit asked. "Nothing" came the reply, with another blank stare.
Continue reading: Bezerk: Can Anyone Explain Eminem's ESPN Interview Yet? [Video]
Katy Perry’s pop anthem Roar is justifying its name and storming the Billboard chart. The motivational tune, which features lines like: I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire/Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR” really couldn’t have been anything less than a chart topper. Roar has finally dethroned Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines in the Billboard chart and that’s even before the official video for the single has come out, though Perry has already released a trailer. The song is Perry’s eighth number 1 on the Hot 100 list and it concludes Thicke’s record breaking 12-week reign.
Check out Perry's wild teaser for the Roar video below.
The American heavy metal rockers Avenged Sevenfold topped the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, fending off strong competition in the form of Big Sean and Juicy J.
The band's sixth studio album Hail to the King sold 159,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the band's second album to reach the top spot and confirms their status as one of the most popular heavy metal bands in the U.S.
Though Avenged Sevenfold have gone quietly about their business since getting signed in 2000, their fortune is beginning to grow. M Shadows, the singer and songwriter with the band, now has a net worth of some $20 million, according to the wealth website celebritynetworth.com.
Continue reading: Avenged Sevenfold Top Billboard 200 Chart, But How Much Are They Worth?
This year's Leeds Festival held at Bramham Park may have had a super amount of rain, but that didn't stop the headliners from entertaining.
Leeds Festival 2013 may not have brought with it the best weather of the year, with torrential downpours and heavy flooding putting a damper (pardon the pun) on everyone's camping weekend, but the line-up was enough to put a smile on everyone's mud spattered face!
Green Day Headline Leeds Festival 2013
Biffy Clyro drew in a rapturous audience on the Friday and Green Day had a smaller but dedicated audience on Saturday, but that was nothing compared to Eminem's fantastic closing performance which drew the biggest audience of the whole weekend. Other bands had a few surprises up their sleeves, with Fall Out Boy managing to get Foxes up on stage to perform their collaborative track 'Just One Yesterday' (Pete Wentz' favourite song from their new album) and The Lumineers taking crowd participation to a new level by playing in the middle of their audience.
Continue reading: Leeds Festival 2013 Flooding Fails To Bring The Rapturous Crowd Down
Did the rapper really fake it?
Eminem is well and truly back; having performed in some of the world’s top venues, the Detroit rapper has announced a new album set for release on November 5th, with his new single Bezerk out today (Tues, 27 Aug).
Eminem makes a surprise appearance in New York
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will be Eminem’s first release since 2010’s Recovery, and he has a fair amount of work to do to win back some lost fans, as the album garnered mostly average reviews, culminating in a 63% rating on Metacritic, which, for a rapper of his standing, will have been a disappointing response.
Continue reading: Eminem Announces New Album, But Did He Mime At Leeds Festival?
The rapper has announced new album details and a new single, 'Berserk,' out tomorrow via a video teaser.
Rapper Eminem has become the latest artists to announce news of a new album with an Autumn 2013 release. The news of a brand new record arrived simultaneously with the announcement of the imminent dropping of a new single, 'Berzerk,' than is expected to land tomorrow (27th Aug).
Eminem Is The Latest To Announce A Fall Album Release.
Via the star's website, details were confirmed for the upcoming record, entitles MMLP2, but a Dr. Dre Beats Headphones advert during the MTV VMAs on Sunday night served as the first announcement. The website background image shows Slim Shady in his trademark pose, raising both middle fingers towards the camera.
The album, which we assume is called 'Marshal Matthers LP 2,' will be released on November 5 2013
As Eminem rocked the crowds at Reading & Leeds Festival in England over the weekend, on Sunday (25 August) night the rapper had yet another treat in store during the MTV Video Music Awards. During one of the ad-breaks in the show, the Detroit wordsmith featured in a commercial for his mentor Dr Dre's Beat By Dre headphones range, with the details of his next album included in the ad (check out the commercial below).
Em will release his next album before 2013 is over
The ad came moments after Eminem's Twitter and Instagram accounts exploded with teasers from Em about his upcoming album, the first since 2010's Grammy-winning Recovery, and not only revealed the release date of the album but also told us who Em has been working with on his latest full-length effort. With Dre and the legendary Rick Rubin serving as the album's executive producers, the album will be out on 5 November later this year.
Continue reading: Eminem Announces New Album - 'MMLP2' - During VMAs
Weekend weather worries are minimal as forecast looks mostly clear with some sun and just a little rain over the Leeds/Reading events.
It may be nearing the end of the summer but Leeds and Reading Festival 2013 goers don't have much to worry about in terms of the unpredictable English weather this weekend (August 23rd - 25th).
The Met Office website has suggested some okay weather for Friday and Saturday with information still to come for Sunday. According to them, Leeds can expect temperatures going up to 23 degrees on Friday though mostly accompanied by clouds, while the following day seems to be a little cooler with a good chance of rain for most of the day before clearing up towards the evening. As for Reading, you lucky Southerners; you can expect rather a sunny morning and temperatures of possibly 25 degrees on the first day, though Saturday in Reading will perhaps also see some spots of rain before the evening approaches.
BBC Weather appears to be more optimistic, seeing 24 degree temperatures in Leeds and 26 in Reading on the Friday, though it looks mildly wet for most of the day on Saturday in Leeds and fairly bright in Reading. Sunday could be the nicest day of the weekend as campers emerge from their tents with their penultimate hangovers to find it brightening up in Leeds at 25 degrees and even reaching 27 in Reading. Other sources suggest similar forecasts, though there have been suggestions of a little rain on the Friday; possibly not disposable raincoat and heavy-duty wellies style weather, however.
Continue reading: Weather-Worries Are Looking Few For Leeds And Reading Festival 2013
The rapper took the stage for a tour de force, spanning most of his career.
Eminem might be busy working on a new 2013 album, but if he is, he sure isn’t letting anything slip. Meanwhile, as various music columns speculate on Shady’s 2013 offering, the rapper seems content to perform the kind of career-spanning sets that seem more at place at the end of an artist’s run, than right before an album – not that we’re implying anything, of course.
The set was all the more precious for marking one of Shady's rare appearances of late.
This past Wednesday night, Eminem performed just that kind of extended set at G-Shock's "Shock The World" party in New York. The brand also announced the upcoming release of Eminem’s own, limited edition Detroit-themed watch later this year, MTV reports. The announcement was slightly overshadowed, however, by Eminem taking the stage to perform some of his greatest hits, from Marshall Mathers tracks like 'Kill You' and 'Stan' to Recovery's 'No Love.'
Continue reading: Eminem "Shocks The World" With Killer Set At G-Shock New York Party
Beyonce injected some much needed optimism into Detroit on Saturday evening.
Beyonce injected some much-needed optimism into the city of Detroit on Saturday night with a swashbuckling show at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Last week, Detroit became biggest ever city to file for bankruptucy, with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder saying the Motor City is "basically broke," according to BBC News.
However, a dizzying performance from the world's biggest entertainer distracted the city's people, if only for two hours.
The 31-year-old's set was full of attitude, soul and passion and she paid tribute to the town with a cover of Sam Cooke's classic song 'Change is Gonna Come' as a video montage of Detroit themes played behind her all-girl band. Kid Rock, Eminem, Joe Louis, The Renaissance Center, a United Auto Workers logo and a motivational quote from Henry Ford all apperared.
Continue reading: Beyonce Enlivens Ailing Detroit With Sam Cooke's 'Change Is Gonna Come'
The new documentary features tell-all segments by drug dealers and high-profile former addicts.
Eminem recalls his battle with prescription drug addiction in a new clip from the tell-all documentary How To Make Money Selling Drugs. The film is co-produced by Entourage star Adrian Grenier and also features testimonies by 50 Cent and Russel Simmons among others. Director Matthew Cooke explains that the selection of interviewees had much more to do with experience, rather than fame alone.
Grenier takes on the heavy topic in his latest documentary.
"it wasn't just random people." He explains in an interview with Maxim. "The celebrities were also picked because they have an invested interest in talking about [the issues] they brought to the screen. I think everyone in the film who participated was the best representative we could find to speak to a particular aspect of this very complex and deeply relevant, moving issue." "When I took my first Vicodin, it was like this feeling of 'Ahh.' Like everything was not only mellow, but [I] didn't feel any pain ... I just remember liking it more and more," Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, recalls in a particularly chilling part of the released clip. Through the stars’ personal accounts, the film tackles the goal of exposing the drug trade in America. However, the almost sympathetic look on drug dealers that Grenier provides, presented some challenges, like making it difficult to find subjects willing to appear on camera.
Slim Shady Eminem returns to raptastic form on 'Symphony in H' - a short but angry snippet on old school DJ Tony Touch's new album The Piecemaker 3: Return of the 50 MC's.
In his distinctive style, Eminem (AKA Marshall Mathers) explodes into the 1min30sec song sneak preview, spitting out a stream of the witty and incisive as well as the bizarre and BUUURN lyrics.
In true Shady style he mixes his free associative verse with classic disses on his fellow celebs and complaints about "hoes."
"Hell yeah I nailed J. Lo - to the railroad," he rhymes one minute then, "Don't ask me wassup with the hoes, I'm still working the kinks out/ Love stinks, that explains all this anger that's spilling out, and I ain't chilling out/ Got an Oscar, but I'm still a grouch/ I use as a door stop and a prop for the broken leg for the couch," the next, showing the 100 million + selling performer hasn't let his extreme fame and wealth change his ways.
The world awaits with bated breath as Eminem prepares to release a new album this summer.
First Justin Timberlake and now Eminem is coming out with a new album this year. It will be his first release since the 2010 Recovery and it’s safe to say that a lot of people are eagerly anticipating this one. According to Paul Rosenberg, the president of Eminem’s Shady label, Mathers is gearing up for a summer release and is already well into the process. Rosenberg predicted for Billboard that Eminem’s eighth studio release will drop sometime after Memorial Day.
"We fully expect to be releasing a new Eminem album in 2013. He’s been working on it for some time," Rosenberg tells Billboard. "It’s safe to say that it will be post-Memorial Day at some point, but we’re not exactly sure when. We’ve got some dates locked in for him to perform live in Europe in August, so we’re trying to see what else lines up."
But hey, European tour dates, that’s also a welcome piece of news for Eminem fans. And with some dates already planned for the States and various collaborations in the works, it is shaping up to be a pretty busy year for the controversial rapper. But let’s face it, we’ve always known that Mathers is a workaholic, ever since the early days of his career. That means one good thing though. When Rosenberg says summer, he really does mean summer. And sooner, rather than later.
A much-anticipated new Eminem album might not be that far away, according to a record label boss. The Detroit rapper is expected to release a new record in 2013, Billboard report.
"We fully expect to be releasing a new Eminem album in 2013. He's been working on it for some time," explained Paul Rosenberg, president of Eminem's label Shady Records. "It's safe to say that it will be post-Memorial Day at some point, but we're not exactly sure when. We've got some dates locked in for him to perform live in Europe in August, so we're trying to see what else lines up." This is the latest piece of big news for Shady fans, after it was confirmed the mercurial rapper will perform an outdoor gig in Glasgow this August. He's the first act announced for a brand new concert series called the Glasgow Summer Sessions and will take to the stage in the city's Bellahouston Park on August 20. Marshall Mathers is also set to headline Slane on August 17th, before performing at the Reading and Leeds. Busy!
For Rosenberg, it's not just getting new records out in 2013, but to enhance the online presence of the brand and increase merchandising opportunities. "With all the talent that we have on this label and all the material that we created, there's no reason that we shouldn't be able to provide a rich online experience for people that goes beyond people just checking in on when a new song or video is released," he says. "I'm very focused on figuring out how to keep them engaged and entertained so that when we do have a product coming, it's a lot easier to grab their attention or get them to buy a record or listen to it or watch a video, etcetera, than to pull them out of some other world that they may be spending time in."
Continue reading: New Eminem Album In 2013? More Than Likely
Albums of Note... Rihanna’s seventh studio album, Unapologetic has been met with a mixed response and our reviewer reckons the Barbadian pop star phoned this one in. As her career becomes more of a marketing cash cow than an artistic endeavour, so her albums impress less and less.
Of course, there is also the ‘elephant’ that seems to appear in every room Rihanna walks into… an elephant known as ‘Chris Brown.’ He makes an appearance on the album, duetting with RhiRhi on a track called ‘Nobody’s Business.’ “Fun: it's something that's lacking a lot in this album, Unapologetic rattling on machine-like but with very little given away to the spirit of enjoyment… She doesn't have to feel apologetic for anything, but what's more concerning is that Rihanna doesn't seem to feel anything anymore, something all too apparent on this turgid LP.”
The new Skylar Grey video of ‘C’mon Let Me Ride’ featuring Eminem is a crash course in a total lack of subtlety. “If you got a sweet tooth/ you can taste my watermelon,” she sings in the opening line… whilst cupping her breast, just in case you didn’t get the joke. Luckily, Skylar’s tongue is well and truly situated in her cheek. Which is pretty much what you’d expect for a song featuring an auto-tuned Eminem singing Queen’s ‘I Like To Ride My Bicycle.’
In fact, if this video was not intended to be comical, we’d all be in trouble: featuring bikini clad girls with three breasts and over-inflated collagen lips, a ridiculously daft but catchy chorus, and footage of Skylar cycling around in a pair of denim cut-offs, on a bicycle adorned with antlers. It's entertainment in its gaudiest, most glorious form.
If you’re wondering who Skylar Grey is, she’s the 26 year-old artist who co-wrote three different versions of ‘Love The Way You Lie,’ made famous by Rihanna and Eminem. She’s also got previous form as a vocalist for Dr Dre, Lupe Fiasco and Fort Minor. She released her debut solo album Like Blood Like Honey back in 2006 and her second Don’t Look Down, is scheduled for a 2013 release. If this latest video’s anything to go by, we reckon Skylar’s going to be one to watch. She certainly seems to have bundles of humour and personality, not to mention talent. Oh and she’s clearly good mates with Eminem. What’s not to like!?
We said it, Taylor Swift was always going to get a lot of flack for dating anyone from One Direction. Teenagers world wide proclaim mad and undying love for all the members, but recently she's made apparently made one enemy that the media are interested in: Eminem's daughter.
A Twitter account claiming to be Hailie Scott Matthers unleashed her rage about the predictably named 'Haylor' relationship between Harry Styles and Taylor. The account has since been deleted but according to NY Daily News, her tweets included:
"Dear @taylorswift13, please stop whoring around with every guy you see. We all know you're only doing it so you can make another album."
Continue reading: Taylor Swift's Latest Enemy Appears To Be Eminem's Daughter
Poor Harry Styles, he can’t seem to get close to anyone without a legion of his female fans rounding on them and warning them off the One Direction man or suffer retribution. 32 year-old Caroline Flack suffered a barrage of abuse when she briefly dated the pop starlet, and now rumors of Styles dating current US chart sensation Taylor Swift has caused similar pouring of ire from his besotted followers.
One particular follower, though, is perhaps more menacing than most. Certainly if Hailie Scott Mathers has picked up any of the homicidal tendencies her father Eminem seemed to suggest he had in his lyrics then Swift should be running scared. Mathers outburst came on Twitter, where she first wrote: “if @taylorswift13 is really dating the love of my life @Harry_Styles i will not be happy.!”
She wasn’t done there, though, and clearly had worked herself up into a bit of a rage as she added: “Dear @taylorswift13, please stop whoring around with every guy you see. We all know you're only doing it so you can make another album.” Oh god, please don’t put her in a boot and drive her off a bridge like your dad might consider, Hailie. Thankfully, the only threat she eventually mustered was: that “I, am never, ever, everrrrr, listening to your music againnnn@taylorswift13. LIKE EVER.” Given 2.2 million odd Americans bought her recent album Red, I doubt the singer will be too concerned about that.
Hip hop has always been more of a culture than just a genre of music. It represents a huge portion of the marginalised world of America and how they managed to create something from nothing; how their lifestyle and previously buried literary talents created a culture that has inspired millions. The frontman of rap/ metal band Body Count Ice-T takes his audience on the road to visit the founding fathers, the major superstars and the rising stars of the rap genre including Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, Krs-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube and discover the skill and feeling behind what has made them international music heroes. One of the frequent interviewees is Grandmaster Caz who we are taken to visit on several occasions as he writes a new set of rhymes called 'The Art Of Rap'.
Directed by Ice-T with help from Andy Baybutt, 'Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap' is a feature length music documentary delving into what goes into making the seminal hip hop records that have dominated music since the late '70s. It came about when producer Paul Toogood asked Ice-T the simplest of question which the star had never before been asked: How did he write seminal tracks such as '6 In The Mornin' and 'Colors'?
Rihanna and Chris Browns' Nobodies Business, which appears on Rhi-Rhi's new studio album Unapologetic, has leaked online. News of the controversial collaboration was first announced after Rihanna uploaded an image of the track-listing for the album earlier this week.
The website HipHop-n-More.com is streaming snippets of the new record while 'Nobodies Business' has also turned up on YouTube. The up-tempo track sees the former couple sharing vocal duties. "Your love is perfection. Just point me in the right direction. I'm a give you all my affection. Whatever we touch becomes infectious," sings Rihanna. The lyrics will certainly leave some of the Bajan star's fans uneasy and on the chorus she sings, "I'm a be your girl. I wanna make you mine and it ain't nobodies business," which kind of speaks for itself. Brown - who was convicted of brutally assaulting Rihanna - sings, "Me and you, ain't nobody's business, no it ain't nobody's business",
The track follows on from their collaborative remixes Birthday Cake and Turn Up The Music, which were unveiled earlier this year. Rihanna's new album Unapologetic - also featuring collaborations with David Guetta, Eminem and Emeli Sande - is released on November 19, 2012.
Continue reading: Rihanna And Chris Brown's Nobodies Business Leaks Online (Lyrics)
These are the questions we were asking as soon as we found out the news- who on earth is Skylar Grey? And What does she do? Is she a female rapper? Is she the newest, hottest urban artist to hit the world? No. No she's not. But, she does have a really nice voice, which is definitely a good start for a singer.
It's odd that no one knows who she is, because she's done collaborations with Dr Dre, Fort Minor and Lupe Fiasco. She also was part of the writing team for Rihanna and Eminem's 'Love the Way You Lie'. Part of the reason Skylar Grey is so illusive is that for many years she was going under the name 'Holly Brook'- a distinctly more 'grey' name than her Grey name. She will be released a single called 'C'mon Let Me Ride' from her forthcoming album 'Don't Look Down', that was originally going to be called 'Invincible'.
Eminem will be producing 'Don't Look Down' which is set to be released early next year. Grey has become Slim Shady's shadow lately, with multiple collaborations as well as appearing on two tracks from Slaughterhouse's 'Welcome to: OUR HOUSE', with which Eminem was also heavily involved. MTV quotes her saying: "Eminem's increased involvement has been such a blessing; I'm getting guidance from an artist I really admire and trust," Grey said. "Having written many new songs, the album has become a completely different animal, hence the title change. This new single with Em, in particular, is very exciting. We have worked on so many serious songs together - it's a nice change of pace to do something fun and sarcastic." Well, whoever Skylar Grey is, if Eminem likes her then so do we.
Eminem could very well be readying himself to release album number 8 as early as next year, and the clue to its release may very well be found in a piece of merchandise of his.
Earlier this week, Exclaim reported that a ‘baseball tribute hat’ had become available on the rapper's online store, with the side of the hat listing ‘world championship’, or rather album release dates. Starting with 1996's Infinite, the list goes up to 2013, which potentially means that Marshall Mathers is all but done with recording the follow-up to 2010’s Recovery and is just applying the finishing touches already. Em had already discussed his plans to make a new album in the near future during the summer, with the hat further cementing his claims.
He discussed his upcoming work with US radio DJ Whoo Kid, saying at the time he had not yet made any progress thus far, but is planning on sending his stuff over to Dr Dre when he thinks they're done so he can “listen and see what he thinks I'm missing." Producer No ID and fellow rapper 50 Cent have also spoken about the upcoming project and their contribution to it, with 50 saying that he is set to appear on either the album’s “first or second single.”
The cast of Eminem's '8 Mile' reunited for an interview and talk soon turned to the late Brittany Murphy, who passed away in 2009.
Ten years after the release of Eminem's '8 Mile', the cast reunited, and took time to pay tribute to the late Brittany Murphy. The American rapper brought together the stars of the film, including Mekhi Phifer, Anthony Mackie, Evan Jones and Omar Benson Miller for a 'Vibe' magazine cover photo. In the attached interview, the cast talk about the 2002 movie, and lovingly remember Murphy who played the role of Eminem's lover.
In the interview, Eminem speaks about Brittany, saying: "Brittany was a good person, a super-nice girl. She was very down-to-earth; she'd talk to anybody." This statement was then echoed by Evan Jones, who commented "(She was) a really good actress. She brought so much to that role". Mekhi Phifer added, "She was bubbly."
Continue reading: '8 Mile' Cast Reunite And Pay Homage To Brittany Murphy In Interview
Eminem brings Rihanna IN on chorus duties on this strange yet effective musical mix. Why strange, well the chorus is very country-esque but ya know what? It works. It tells the heartfelt story of a couple that have gone through hell with each other. They have abused, hit and fought with each other. Yet they tell of how they still love each other in this love hate relationship. It's the haunting chorus that really hits home. 'Jus gonna stand there and watch me burn but that's ok coz I like the way it hurts. Just gonna stand there and here me cry well that's ok coz I love the way that u lie'.
Continue reading: Eminem, Love The Way You Lie Ft. Rihanna Single Review
David Gray has called for greater examination of the playing of loud music - including his own song Babylon - during torture at Guantanamo Bay.
Suspected terrorist detainees are repeatedly subjected to loud music during interrogation at Guantanamo and other US bases with a wide variety of songs used, from heavy metal acts such as Metallica and Rage Against The Machine, to hip-hop stars such as Eminem and Dr Dre to novelty tracks such as the theme song for Barney the dinosaur.
But speaking on BBC Radio 4's World Tonight programme, Gray called for greater public discussion of the matter.
"Only the novelty aspect of this story gets it noticed... Guantanamo greatest hits," he said.
"What we're talking about here is people in a darkened room, physically inhibited by handcuffs, bags over their heads and music blaring at them."
"That is nothing but torture."
He continued: "It doesn't matter what the music is - it could be Tchaikovsky's finest or it could be Barney the Dinosaur.
"It really doesn't matter, it's going to drive you completely nuts.
"No-one wants to even think about it or discuss the fact that we've gone above and beyond all legal process and we're torturing people," he added.
The charity Reprieve, which was associated with the recent Meltdown festival curated by Massive Attack, has created a petition to encourage artists to ban their music being used in the situations discussed by Gray.
Continue reading: David Gray Warns Of Music Use In Guantanamo Torture
After accidentally bumping into him at a gym, Jessica Alba was referred to by Eminem as his "wife-to-be". Now she explains the awkward meeting they had.
'Sin City' star Jessica Alba learned to her surprise that she had been name-dropped in an Eminem song, despite only awkwardly bumping into him once at a gym. In the track, Eminem refers to Alba as his "wife-to-be", although the two only know each other because Alba entered a gym where Eminem was training while trying to find a friend of hers; director Bille Woodruff.
Alba explained the strange meeting with the D12 rapper, stating that: "Eminem was in a gym, boxing or something, but I thought my best friend was in there. I come barrelling in all heated because I can't find Bille, and it's like five big dudes, Eminem and an empty gym. Everyone stopped. I was trying to act all casual, looking around this small gym that my best friend obviously wasn't in. Then I just left. That was the only encounter I ever had with him."
Continue reading: Jessica Alba Talks About Awkwardly Meeting Eminem
Hilary Duff has been made aware of Eminem's lyrical references to her behind in his single 'Ass Like That', finding it pretty funny.
Teenage singer Hilary Duff was amused to find herself - and her butt - the subject a string of lyrics in Eminem's single, 'Ass Like That'. In the single, Eminem raps about his appreciation for the derrières of a collection of female stars, including Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani, and the Olsen Twins: Mary-Kate and Ashley.
In one verse, Duff's behind becomes the topic of his rap, in which he says: "Hilary Duff is not quite old enough / So I ain't never seen a butt like that / Maybe next year I'll say ass and she'll make my pee pee go doing, doing, doing."
Continue reading: Eminem Praises Posterior Of Pop Star Hilary Duff
Eminem was abandoned by his father at six-months old, before starting a new family. Part of that new family has just discovered they're related, and can't believe it!
Hip-hop superstar Eminem's long-lost sister couldn't believe it when she discovered that the two were related. The two never met, due to their father having abandoned the '8 Mile' star when he was only six months old. The discovery was made when Sarah Mathers, 23, was attending a family barbecue before noticing the television was showing Eminem. She remained unconvinced that this was the same child that her father, Marshall Mathers II had abandoned 31 years beforehand.
Eminem's real name is, in fact, Marshall Mathers III, which should have been a dead giveaway, yet he was raised by his mother Debbie from the age of six months. Sarah described her bemusement, saying: "I'd known all my life that I had another brother, but Eminem? They'd got to be kidding. I giggled at the thought of it, then went back to join the rest of my family."
Continue reading: Eminem's Long-Lost Sister Amazed By Relation
Kimberly Mathers, the wife of Eminem, is facing a month of jail for taking cocaine during her probation... for possessing cocaine.
Superstar rapper Eminem - real name Marshall Mathers - has seen his wife, Kimberly Mathers, sentenced to a month in jail for taking cocaine during her probation. On 12th February 2004 judge Edward Servitto ordered Mathers to serve 30 days in Macomb County Jail in Michigan, before serving a 90-day substance abuse treatment program.
The mother of Eminem's daughter, Hailie, tested positive to drug use as part of a urine test on 29th January 2004 when meeting her probation agent. According to Michigan Department of Corrections, Mathers missed a meeting with her probation agent in February, before later meeting and admitting to cocaine use.
Continue reading: Eminem's Wife Facing Jail Time
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