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- Billy Johnson Jr. at Yahoo Music23 days ago
Rihanna will receive a special honor at the 2013 American Music Awards.
The "Diamonds" singer will be presented the program's first-ever Icon Award.
Producer Larry Klein explained why the Barbados beauty would receive the recognition. "The first-ever Icon Award was created to honor an artist whose body of work has made a profound influence over pop music on a global level," he said. "Rihanna's iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and best-selling artists of all time."
Rihanna's influence is undeniable. The pop star, who will also perform at the AMAs, is the best-selling digital artist of all time, selling more than 50 million albums and 180 million digital tracks worldwide.
Rihanna has released seven albums, earned 12 No. 1 singles and won six Grammy Awards. She also has 80 million Facebook followers, making her the top artist on the social media platform.
- Billy Johnson Jr. at Yahoo! On the Road7 mths ago
Kendrick Lamar isn't shy about unedited self-expression, but the Compton-raised rapper turned Good Samaritan when he was interrupted on stage. He took an impromptu break during a concert Tuesday night to graciously extend lost-and-found services to a fan.
The up-and-coming hip hop star, best known for his supreme lyricism on songs like "Swimming Pools" and "Backseat Freestyle," stopped the show to hunt for an audience member's missing cellphone and joke with the crowd.
He was near the end of his performance when a female concertgoer asked him to help her find her phone. When Kendrick asked her where the phone was located, she told him that she had thrown her cell on the stage.
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“You threw your phone?” he asked before rejecting her request to come on stage. He said, “No, you can’t get it.”
Kendrick patiently looked for the phone and found it underneath his DJ’s platform.
When he asked the fan why she had thrown her phone on stage she replied, “I didn’t mean to.”
He laughed in response. "You trying to tell me your phone just flipped over here?"
- Billy Johnson Jr. at Yahoo! On the Road7 mths ago
Super soul singer John Legend lived up to his name Friday night at New York’s United Palace Theatre, kicking off the Yahoo! On the Road series. In addition to performing new and old songs from his catalog, the “Ordinary People” singer played with the Salomé Chamber Orchestra and covered songs by rock icons Bruce Springsteen and Simon & Garfunkel.
Legend's connection to Springsteen may have started two months ago, when he performed "Dancing in the Dark" at the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Springsteen. At the MusiCares event, Legend said he was excited to honor “one of the greatest songwriters of all time.”
[ Photo gallery: John Legend performs in New York ]
- Billy Johnson Jr. at Hip-Hop Media Training10 mths ago
B.o.B. teamed up with T.I. and Juicy J to release the video for “Still In This Bitch” from his mixtape.
“Me and Decatur Dan, the director, was talking about it and you know just wanted to kinda capture the essence of the song and really just show everybody having fun and really just bring that energy to life visually,” he said.
On Saturday, B.o.B. and Big Boi shot a video for “Double Or Nothin’,” their song from their new video EA game, Army Of Two The Devil’s Cartel .
- Billy Johnson Jr. at The New Now11 mths ago
Bridgit Mendler is on course to become just as popular a singer as she is an actress. The co-star of Disney's hit sitcom, "Good Luck Charlie," recently released her solo album, "Hello My Name Is."
Though Mendler has displayed her vocal chops on "Good Luck Charlie" and Disney special "Lemonade Mouth," the sound of her album takes listeners on yet another path. Mendler said she intentionally sought out a style that would distinguish her from her television persona.
Though Mendler is only 19, she turns 20 on Tuesday, her influences include the likes of Bob Dylan, The Fugees and even Lily Allen. Mendler even admits that her debut single "Ready Or Not" is inspired by The Fugees's hit of the same name.
See Mendler's exclusive Yahoo! Music interview to learn more about her music interest and even catch her provide an impromptu a capella rendition of Salt N Pepa's early 1990s hit "Shoop."
And yes, Mendler did perform new songs in the Yahoo! studios. Check out her stripped-down, live versions of "Ready Or Not" and "5:15."
She is indeed one new artist on the rise.
- Billy Johnson Jr. at Yahoo! Music1 yr ago
Last week, Justin Bieber failed to garner a Grammy nomination for music from his top-selling third album, "Believe." His fans and manager vented online. But he's now being recognized for another achievement — a humanitarian effort.
In 2012, the 18-year-old pop star received more retweets than any other celebrity on Twitter, according to a report prepared by the social networking site.
In September, Bieber's tweet "RIP Avalanna. i love you" was retweeted 223,771 times. Bieber expressed condolences to late 6-year-old fan Avalanna Routh, who died of cancer.
Bieber's followers knew Routh's story. The adorable child who adopted the nickname "Mrs. Bieber" spent last Valentine's Day with the teen idol. They ate cupcakes, played board games and she even styled his hair.
In June, Routh joined Bieber on stage at the Apollo in New York and for an appearance on the "Today" show.
Timothy Dormer, who streaked across Rihanna’s 777 Tour plane Monday, said he got the urge to disrobe because he was feeling reckless.
“I was just in the bathroom and was like, ‘Hell it’s 3 a.m. and we’re on an airplane, and have been flying for ages,” the British radio and TV host told Yahoo! “Plus, I have a massivecrush on Sydney, one of the air hostesses.”
Rihanna has not responded tothe incident that has sparked a flurry of news reports. Dormer said he wascareful not to invade Rihanna’s area of the plane.
“I thought about doing itthe long way and going all the way down to the first class section, but thoughther security is going to take me out, and it’s going to get ugly,” he said.
Though Dormer’s obscenegesture drew mostly cheers from the media and contest winners in attendance, itwas preceded by a peaceful protest. Journalists upset that Rihanna had not heldany of the press conferences promised by her label, chanted, “Just one quote,”“Occupy 777” and “I Need A Headline.”
Rihanna sells out arena shows and has sold more download singles than any other artist, but despite her massive fan base, the "Diamonds" singer prefers performing in small venues, says her choreographer Nadine "Hi-Hat" Ruffin. Ruffin is traveling with Rihanna on the singer's "777 Tour" that touches down in seven countries over the course of seven days. While on the road with Rihanna, Ruffin customizes the singer's show for each stage. "Everyday is different. Every venue is different. May be smaller venues. Like yesterday, Stockholm was really, really small," Ruffin told Yahoo! Music after deboarding the chartered "777 Tour" twinjet in Paris. "She likes venues like that because she has less choreography to do. The bigger the venue, the more choreography, the more structure she will have."
Rihanna is having some fun, mixing things up for her 777 Tour that his touching down in seven countries in seven days. Since the beginning of the tour which opened in Mexico City Wednesday, Rihanna has been performing a special live version of her song "What's My Name," a collaboration with Drake.
For the live version, Rihanna pipes in a few seconds of Tyga's monster hit, "Rack City." In an interview with 777 Tour musical director Adam Blackstone, he explains how the "Rack City" remix idea was conceived.
"We just jamming out in rehearsal to 'Rack City,'" Blackstone told Yahoo! Music Saturday while en route to Paris on the private 777 Tour twinjet. "We thought of some things to kinda switch it up. We had been doing it the same way for a little bit."
Above, see Rihanna performing the "Rack City" mix in Stockholm, Sweden.
[Related: See 777 Tour photo gallery]
The 777 Tour stops in Berlin on Sunday, London on Monday and wraps in New York on Tuesday.