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by admin // Tuesday, November 30, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Black Eyed Peas "check out the scene" in every city they visit for inspiration.

'The Time (Dirty Bit)' group are about to release their latest album, 'The Beginning' - which was largely recorded while they were on tour across the world - and rapper Apl.de.ap said their travels have greatly influenced the record's sound.

He said: "Going out, we try and check out the scene, the city and be inspired by other producers or other DJs, what kind of stuff they're playing. So that's how we keep fresh."

His bandmate, Taboo - who also stars in the band along with producer and vocalist Will.I.Am and singer Fergie - added the band are keen to "stay hungry", in order to retain their position as a top charting act.

Taboo added to MTV: "We have to stay hungry and keep wanting to push the envelope. Don't be comfortable and settle. Will says once you start slacking off, there's someone that's hungrier than you."

Will.i.am has previously talked about how 'The Beginning' was made on the road, meaning he sometimes had to improvise in order to hear some of the tracks he was making while recording them.

He said: "We had no speakers so I had to hijack the hotel television set and plug my computer into it. Some songs are 120 beats per minute and others are, like, 320."

by admin // Tuesday, November 30, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Lady Gaga is using her voice once again to support a repeal to the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy regarding openly gay members of the military.


Gaga -who delivered a speech regarding her stance on the issue in September - released a new PSA on YouTube to reiterate the importance of undoing the law. The pop star cited a recent increase in gay teenage suicides and used the announcement to demand Congress to set a better example for American youth and to "keep [their] word" to debate and address the law.


"Kids are being led to believe that it's okay to hate and condemn based on our differences," she said, "and this recent horrific news of gay suicides is really proof of our social repression and ultimately government repression that is killing our youth. We have to end this law because it reinforces discrimination and it's setting a bad example."


A recent study released by the Pentagon showed that 70% of active military members believe that overturning the law would have a positive, mixed or no effect at all; the study's co-authors then announced their support of repealing the law.


Little Monsters and other human rights activists can go here to get involved.

 

by admin // Tuesday, November 30, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Kanye West's album with Jay-Z will be "real dirty, hardcore stuff", but also "luxe and high-class".

The two rappers are collaborating on 'Watch The Throne' and Kanye - who has just released his latest album 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' - has described his vision for the album's sound.

He told Interview magazine: "It's a me and Jay album. This whole album, 'Watch The Throne', is going to be very dark and sexy- like very couture hip-hop.

"Since me and Jay have already had big records and over-the-top joints, we're just going to make some real dirty, f****d-up, hardcore stuff. But it's also luxe and definitely high-class."

Jay and Kanye recently met in Bath, southern England, to work on tracks for the record, which was started in August this year and originally planned as an EP, but after initial meetings and sharing ideas, they decided to expand it to a whole album.

Jay-Z has said of the project: "This is another level of that recording. Because Kanye, I've seen him - really he's like a brother to me - I've seen him from the beginning to where he is now. And to see him as a producer and to see how he's growing as a producer and as an artist, for me, on another level, it's enjoyable.

"I'm watching the guy that I pretty much mentored become his own guy, with his own opinion. It's fantastic."

by admin // Monday, November 29, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Usher and Alicia Keys were the big winners at the Soul Train awards 2010 in the US.

'OMG' hitmaker Usher and 'Empire State Of Mind' singer both scored two awards at the show - which was aired on TV yesterday (11/28/2010) - with Alicia named Best Female R'n'B/Soul Artist and also winnin gthe Record Of The Year (Songwriter Award) for her track 'Unthinkable (I'm Ready)'.

Usher, meanwhile, tied with Trey Songz for Best Male R'n'B/Soul Artist, while his latest record 'Raymond V Raymond' was named Album Of The Year.

While neither was on hand to collect their awards, the night was packed with star studded performances from R.Kelly - who sung a medley of his hits including his classic 'Bump And Grind', Ne-Yo; who sung 'Champagne Life'; Cee-Lo Green and Bruno Mars, who performed his track 'Grenade'.

Two Legend Awards were given, to 'Sweet Love' soul singer Anita Baker - who was left in tears by a 15 minute musical tribute in her honor by a host of stars - and Ron Isley, lead vocalist with The Isley Brothers.

Best Reggae Artist winner Gyptian talked to presetner Asha Kamali backstage about his aims within music.

He said: "The main thing is to make myself a better man, a different person, life span - a couple of years from now I'll still be doing music, a few years after that - well, still doing music. I'm a music lover!"

Other winners included Eminem, Janelle Monae and Ciara.