Posts by Billy Johnson, Jr.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Yahoo Music4 hrs ago
Brutal honesty makes for great songwriting, but it can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to the media. This week, hip-hop legend Ice Cube and Def Jam Recording artist August Alsina experienced a backlash after making questionable – though honest – comments during interviews. But they are not the only hip-hop and R&B music stars to catch the wrath of social media. Drake, Kanye West and Keyshia Cole have all made headlines for sparking controversy online. Below, we suggest alternate ways of handling each of the scenarios: Incident 1: August Alsina vs. BET's Keshia Chanté
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Yahoo Music21 hrs ago
Season 6 "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks made a surprise appearance during the iHeartRadio Album Release Party With Jason Derulo on Tuesday night. The singer and "Sparkle" actress joined her boyfriend on stage to perform their duet, "Vertigo," from his new album, "Talk Dirty," which was released Tuesday.
Before singing the song, Derulo announced that a "very special lady" would be joining him. After the first verse, Sparks made her entrance — looking spectacular in a floaty, pink dress with her hair styled in long, curly locks — as the crowd cheered. Sparks walked right up to Derulo and sang into his eyes, caressing his face while crooning the seductive lyrics, "The way that you please me sets this room on fire."
Just when you think you know Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga, the Young Money crew members totally change things up and present themselves in a whole new hilarious light. The Colin Tilley-directed video for "Senile," the latest clip from their "Young Money: Rise of an Empire" compilation, shows the trio like you've never seen them before. Young Money honcho Lil Wayne makes the furthest departure from his usual persona, playing a member of a rural white family. Wayne surprisingly fits right in, even wearing a tacky shirt for a vacation photo that perfectly complements the family home's loud '70s decor.
Nicki ups her gangsta ante for her solo scenes, hanging with a circle of stone-faced, copiously tattooed bad girls and sporting a bandana, gigantic hoop earrings, and a (hopefully) fake tattoo of the word "Barbie" scrawled across her abs. As for Tyga, je shoots his most prominent scenes with the JabbaWockeeZ. Although he doesn't don a white mask like the "America's Best Dance Crew" Seaosn 1 winners, he gets in sync with the guys for a few winning moves.
Today at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Yahoo Screen, Lifetime and Clear Channel will co-host iHeartRadio Album Release Party With Jason Derulo at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, Calif. Watch the live concert and download the Yahoo Screenapp here.
Jason Derulo's song "Marry Me" is not a proposal record.
That said, it's clear why fans might think so – the 24-year-old pop star has been dating "American Idol" Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, 24, since 2012 and has become known for his romantic gestures (he gave her 10,000 roses for Valentine's Day this year). And then there's the "Marry Me" video, in which Derulo shops for an engagement ring and fantasizes about growing old with Sparks... but he does not actually propose.
Viewers of iHeartRadio Live With Demi Lovato on Monday night were left with more than just a fun, vibrant concert from one of the voices behind "Let It Go," the theme song from Disney's animated film "Frozen." Demi's most impactful moment on stage, arguably, was her heartfelt speech about overcoming obstacles. Before singing "Warrior," the 12th song of her hour-long show, Demi took two minutes to tell the audience that it was OK to ask for help.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Yahoo Music2 days ago
Things are going quite well for Jason Derulo. His third solo album, "Talk Dirty," makes its debut Tuesday. The title track is No. 3 on the pop charts (his fifth Top 5 hit), and he's dating "American Idol" winner and actress Jordin Sparks. Get ready to see the Miami-native channel all of this positive energy into his one-hour livestream performance exclusively on Yahoo. Lifetime and Clear Channel will be co-hosting the iHeartRadio Album Release Party With Jason Derulo at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California on Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. The dynamic performer will sing highlights from his albums "Talk Dirty," 2011's "Future History" and his first release, 2010's "Jason Derulo." Fans don't need a ticket in order to enjoy the show. The entire event can be viewed live exclusively online at Yahoo Screen and via mobile on the Yahoo Screen App. Don't miss this exciting concert. Mark you calendars, and visit Yahoo Music for any updates.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Yahoo Music5 days ago
Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Yahoo Screen, Lifetime and Clear Channel will co-host iHeartRadio Album Release Party With Jason Derulo at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, Calif. Watch the live concert and download the Yahoo Screenapp here.
Jason Derulo has put his near-fatal, broken-neck injury behind him. The "Talk Dirty" singer seems to have made a full recovery and is now incorporating acrobatic stunts into his concerts, climbing atop a six-man pyramid and appearing completely uninhibited in his hip-hop dances. It's hard to believe that two years ago he experienced the horrific accident that prompted the cancellation of his tour.
In a Jan. 4, 2012 post on his Facebook page, the pop star first announced the injury. "I fractured my neck doing tumbling & acrobatics 4 tour! Always trying 2 push boundaries 4 YOU! Like my new chain?"
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Yahoo Music6 days ago
Get ready to party! Yahoo Screen and Clear Channel will live stream concerts from Demi Lovato and Jason Derulo Monday, April 14, and Tuesday, April 15, respectively. Both performances will take place at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles. Demi Lovato for iHeartRadio Live will begin at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on Monday and feature music from the pop star's fourth studio album, "Demi," released last year. The singer, who kicked off her "Neon Lights" World Tour in February, is also enjoying being a featured artist on the No. 1 soundtrack for the animated Disney film "Frozen." Lovato recorded one of the two versions of the smash hit lead track "Let It Go." The iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Jason Derulo will start at 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday and celebrate his new album, "Talk Dirty," on the day of its debut. Derulo will perform songs from the set including the title track and "The Other Side," radio's No. 1 most-added record of 2013. Last year, he released the digital EP "Tattoos." The events will broadcast live on-air as 30-minute specials on Clear Channel radio stations across the country. Fans can watch the programs live exclusively online at Yahoo Screen and via mobile on the Yahoo Screen App.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Yahoo Music7 days ago
Michael Jackson sings about his desires to get away on "Xscape," a song that surfaced online Wednesday. On the record, produced by Rodney Jerkins, MJ complains about pressures from the system and relationships that prompted him to seek refuge. "Sometimes I feel like I got to get away," he sings. The song's production is reminiscent of the work Jerkins did on MJ's 2001 album "Invincible." It's an electronic/R&B record with a prominent bass groove and a knocking drum machine beat. The song opens with a reference to what seems to be a prison escape. A male voice yells, "He's gone," as an alarm, sirens, and barking dogs sound off in the background. The song is not an official single from Jackson's second posthumous album – also titled "Xscape" – that is due out on May 13, a spokesperson told Yahoo Music. In March, a 30-second snippet of another MJ song, the Timbaland-produced "Slave to the Rhythm," was released. The "Xscape" album is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who selected the songs and delivered to the producers who reworked the music to modernize the sound while maintaining essence and integrity. In addition to Timbaland and Rodney, other producers include Stargate, Jerome "Jroc" Harmon and John McClain.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Yahoo Music7 days ago
Who knew "Les Misérables" star Anne Hathaway had a hip-hop side to her personality? The Oscar-winning actress convincingly turned songs from Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar into Broadway covers during an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday. Even though Jimmy and Anne sang the exact lyrics from "Gin & Juice," "In Da Club," and "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe," (and emphasized the profanity), they managed to strip away the songs' original harder exteriors. Hathaway looked elegant in a basic black gown while Jimmy sat at the grand piano in a suit. Dressed to kill, the duo turned the songs into lively musical renditions that made the otherwise-brash tunes feel downright classy. Hathaway further showcased her comedic side when shaking her butt for 50 Cent's "In Da Club," as well as the climatic ending for Kendrick's "B**ch Don't Kill My Vibe." The actress climbed atop of the piano and offered a guttural, "Oh you dirty, Hatha-hating, b**ch-a** b**ch don't kill my vibe" for the finale. Whew! Fallon has a long tradition of hip-hop tributes. He and Justin Timberlake have a reoccurring segment, "The History of Rap." On the debut of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Will Smith joined the host for "Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing." And last fall, Ariana Grande was the featured guest for another Broadway covers special.