Hip hop feuds
Despite the rumors that Chris Brown and Rihanna are back together (they have been partying next to each other an awful lot lately), the rapper is still technically dating Karrueche Tran. Meanwhile, Rihanna has been romantically linked to the most emo hip hop star of all time, Aubrey “Drake” Graham.
Eventually, we knew, this would turn ugly. We just didn’t expect Chris Brown to be the one who walked away with the boo-boos.
What a disappointing weekend for fans of horse-racing: Ticket holders were at an all-time high for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday when it was announced the day before that the potential Triple Crown winner, I’ll Have Another, wouldn’t actually be going for another round. The horse was officially retired, according to owner J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill during Friday’s press conference, thanks to a case of front-leg tendinitis. Ouch. (Luckily, they don’t shoot horses—do they?)
Two weeks ago, Phil Mushnick, a respected veteran sports writer for The New York Post, published a column about the Brooklyn Nets’ new brand identity, as designed with the help of Jay-Z. The team—previously known as the New Jersey Nets—had switched their colors to black and white. “Why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?” Mr. Mushnick suggested, referring to the team’s part-owner. “Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s. The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—hes or Hoes …”
Chart-topping songwriter and producer Amund Bjørklun must have thought that the ClockTower building at 1 Main Street in Dumbo was irreplaceable.
Mr. Bjørklund, half of the duo that is Norwegian hit-factory Espionage, just bought a $1.7 million loft in the building with his impossibly lovely wife, former model Sunniva.
Last night–the evening of pop singer Rihanna’s birthday–she released two remixes of existing album tracks. From her album Talk That Talk came a remix of “Birthday Cake” featuring Chris Brown’s vocals; from Mr. Brown’s upcoming Fortune came “Turn Up the Music” featuring Rihanna’s vocals. The star-crossed, or something, musicians had been hinting through Twitter about Read More
Rihanna is reportedly including Chris Brown on an upcoming remix of her single “Birthday Cake”–which should come as little surprise who has paid attention to Rihanna’s recorded output since Mr. Brown brutally assaulted her in 2009. Her album Rated R, released later that year, was dark and brooding, professing a simultaneous revulsion by Read More
In an instance of digging one’s own hole yet deeper, Dave Grohl has issued a statement on his Grammy speech of last weekend. At the Grammys, the Foo Fighters lead singer implicitly criticized many of the other acts nominated for their overreliance on technology:
Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and Read More
Chris Brown continues to showcase how much he’s learned from the all-too-brief public shaming after physically assaulting Rihanna–and Twitter continues to serve as a convenient conduit for celebrity embarrassment. Mr. Brown, who went on a Twitter jag after criticism of the Grammys’ allowing him to perform just three years after his attack, wrote a series Read More
March 2012: “Chris Brown Meets With Nelson Mandela, Who Thanks Him for Service to Mankind”
April 2012: “Nicki Minaj To Record Note-for-Note Cover of ‘Like a Prayer’ Featuring Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne”
August 2012: “Rihanna Releases Seventh Album”
September 2012: “Lady Gaga To Release Album of Standards Sung A Capella, No Longer Wear High Read More
Tonight’s Grammys are to feature a tribute to Whitney Houston and a comeback-from-surgery performance by heavily-favored multiple nominee Adele. We’ll be watching closely to see if the British chanteuse can claim Record, Song, and Album of the Year–or if other big nominees like Bon Iver (for the song “Holocene”) and Foo Fighters (for the album Read More